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Oasis

by Quin Browne

It is a ritual - her pliant body's white skin eager to absorb the red pain from his hand. He had thought it a game, not noticing when it slid into something more, something different, something she needed. Absorbed by the intensity of her reactions, he willingly went into that place, feeling his arm vibrate as his hand met her flesh, her moans falling around them. Afterwards, she lies with her head on his stomach, while their breathing slows, her tears dry. Now is when they talk and laugh, when they revert to that which is seen as "normal," what is acceptable to others. Later, she will yank on her jeans, sucking in her breath as they press against the reminder of when, for a short time, she is free of the meltdown of emotions that constitute her internal world... and she gives thanks he is clueless to her duplicity.

6S

Quin Browne, whose full catalog is here, lives in New York City. She likes it there.

42 comments:

austere said...

wow.

millard said...

wow again.

Leatherdykeuk said...

Very, very powerful piece.

Casdok said...

And wow!!

Catherine said...

I loved this!

Baby Island said...

"feeling his arm vibrate", that speaks volumns. Very nice!

Madam Z said...

I love Quin's writing, but I hate this sad story. How terribly this woman must hate herself, in order to so enjoy the pain.

MrHarlequin said...

Powerful, multi-layered, subtle. Eroticism and pathos in the same sentence. This reminds me why I stopped writing 6Ss.

natasha said...

Well done, Quin. I read your past submissions and I'm a fan.

Deb said...

As she lies with her head on his stomach, is he oblivious to the moisture from her tears? His inner ego so stroked by the responses from his vibrating arm? Or is he choosing to be blissfull in his ignorance?
As usual Quin, you've knocked it out of the park!

Anonymous said...

nice.

Prince Gomolvilas said...

Kinda hot.

Peter Varvel said...

I visited this place once. I didn't want to go back, but I was glad I went so that I could write about it.
Thanks for writing this because for most of us, it's much safer to read about it.

I am now singing "Hanky Panky" in my head, from Madonna's album 'I'm Breathless.'

Anonymous said...

whoa.
I had to do a twice-through read before I could finish reacting. The first time I was uncomfortable. The 2nd, well, I can only say "P is for PUBLISH!"
Mrs. S.

Amanda said...

Karen, I often think, hey, I need to write, then I read things that you have written and realise, go back to your horses and your books.

Beautiful

Solomon Broad said...

Wow. I'm curious, thouhg, as to why she isn't honest with him?

cloro said...

I have to echo what others have said - wow. Captivating like few others I have read. You choose the superlative, I'll agree to it.

constant drama said...

I'm with Solomon on this one. Why isnt she honest with him?

Kevin Michaels said...

I'd love to use something more descriptive than "wow", but that seems to sum it up best. Excellent 6 - love the intensity of emotion that comes through, especially in the second and third sentences. Welcome back Quin!
KM

reynolds said...

Quin for 6S President!!!

Quin Browne said...

wow myself.

thank you everyone.

answering questions... in one short sentence:

it is what you make of it...

Bud said...

You've achieved so much here from my POV. First I am repelled by the thought of attempting this form. Yet you make me forget what the form is. Your writing works that well. Second, I'm repelled by the thought of that particular subject yet you make me feel comfortable reading it. I'm really impressed, Quin!

reynolds said...

Bud,

Repelled? Yet your praise of Quin is exactly six sentences long. Repelled, or hopelessly attracted?

Hmmm...

Joe said...

Powerful prose, Quin. What everyone has said and more!

Anonymous said...

as always, beautiful and introspective -- for me your writing is like a painting when you can take a step back and make your own interpretation.

Bob Clay said...

The long dark shadows of the night always have an appeal Addie. And we have to look.

CP said...

Wow. I like it and am intrigued, aroused and shocked simultaneously

Alone on the Isle said...

An incredible piece -- you captured the tortured emotion perfectly.

Rebekah said...

It's better than a LOT of printed books on the same subjects. you've got people asking questions - that's, quality-wise, equal to the quality of the writing, i think!

and it adds a BUNCH more stores to visit next time i see you :)

Andrew Thomas Pitkin said...

This is beautifully worded with a nice little emotional twist at the end. Well done, Karen!

Anonymous said...

Nice.

O said...

Well done, sweets! Saucy, juicy, but classy.

Writeprocrastinator said...

Very heavy and very powerful. Easily the most provocative Six I've ever read.

Dale said...

That seems like a lot more than six sentences, excellent job.

Valley Girl said...

You have a beautiful writing style. Keep up the good work!

Marie said...

It's like slowly passing a horrific car wreck to take a look at the carnage. We don't like to admit we do it, but we do. The saddest part is- this woman's inner life is that wreck. Impressive Quin!

angel said...

phew, very intense! i like it!

Madame Goodrich said...

Damn girl!! You made me catch my breath! i love it, as i do ALL of your stuff, lovely lovely Quin!!

One might wonder where your inspiration comes from?

xo.

Amber said...

There's always so many levels to what you write. Layers upon layers that you can delve into. With just a paragraph or so, you managed to captivate an audience -- there's power in that, Miss Quin.

I only find myself incredibly uneasy at just how much I relate to the woman in this story.

Stirring emotions... making you think... yes, you've accomplished what a writer at heart, should.

Well done.

Todd said...

I am extremely impressed!

alisa rynay haller said...

Do you have a web cam attached to me?!

MDJB said...

Woah, I had no idea this kind of image danced around in your brain. I'm more than impressed by your diversity.