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writing group: oxymorons

How many oxymorons can you find?

The Ford Focus was accustomed to frenetic activity taking place on its back seat.

It was an open secret among the residents living adjacent to Springwood Common that the sweet agony of lovemaking was carried out regularly within its confines. The common was famous for it, in fact: the weirdly normal behaviour of its usual nightly clientele proved loud enough was loud enough to wake up the dead. Complaints to the council fell upon deaf ears.

That night a small crowd of the usual suspects gathered around the dark light of the Focus’s interior. The quiet presence of the two car-dwellers brought painfully beautiful lovemaking into the lives of those awfully lucky few who gathered enthusiastically around the Focus to view Daria and Roger’s horizontal activities.

The female of this partnership was awfully pretty, that was generally accepted, but the male was the least favourite of all Springwood Common’s doggers. Roger’s appearance sadly showed a noticeable absence of attractive features. Indeed, any comments on that subject would likely lead to a deafening silence. Roger was pretty ugly. So, while Daria’s appreciative audience was perpetually increasing, Roger’s fan base was definitely growing smaller by the day. Once or twice, the dogging viewers would comment to him that he should allow his wife to be serviced by a member of the crowd, or at least to cut out his heavy diet to become more pleasing to the eye. Cruel to be kind, the crowd members would say.

Roger would do no such thing. He had multiple misgivings about sharing the view of he and his wife’s back-seat lovemaking with whoever could get a view of the car, but he knew that Daria was clearly confused about the realities of their relationship. The only time she was prepared to be alone together with him, was during these public sex acts, and he found her otherwise to be a pretty cruel partner with a multitude of passive aggressive comments and actions. So Roger’s only choice, if he was to continue in their relationship (which was by turns, amazingly awful and awfully good) was to act naturally and accept that pain for pleasure was required. But he hated it. It was a true myth that all men love sex and all women require forcing into it. In their case, Daria was what she referred to as a “disgustingly delicious sex addict” who would give a definitely maybe reply to any man or woman who approached her with lascivious intent. But Roger was a romantic man. He cared deeply and felt deeply. They were no happy tears that ran slowly down his cheeks when he was forced to be viewed in this way.

“Stop being a big baby,” Daria sneered. Roger wished he could appear invisible to the taunts and comments of wife and audience, but he was stuck in the back of his car. This virtual reality he was forced to accept was killing him. Living dead? Walking dead? Yes to both. The relationship with his wife was like worthless gold to him, and vice versa. Suddenly, Daria pushed her husband away from Roger’s his game attempts to ‘perform’. She could be pretty fierce like that, when disappointed.

“Go away,” she said. “I require a voracious lover, not a jumbo shrimp of a man. How do you guys…” (she motioned in the direction of the entranced audience collected round the car) “…fancy lining up in some random order for back-seat fun?”.

Roger’s farewell reception came from the jeering, nasty throng who were lining up for Daria’s body, but he was fine with that. He had already recovered his unsteady composure. He knew where he wanted to be. He knew where he would go. He would visit a young middle-aged lady he knew rather well. She appreciated his love handles and his double chins. She liked him for what he was. She wouldn’t force him to perform like a circus animal. Daria was history. Asexual, friendly, sweet, accepting Jane was definitely the future.

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