Dr. Sexpot in the Rose Garden
Dr. Sexpot walks the glowing paths of the midnight garden
heavy with ynth. We don’t feel ynth yet. But Dr. S is from
the future, and her ynth is strong like a dark star. Today a
space laser broke on her shift. Then she lost a drone in the
Gone Zone. And let us not speak of Tedward Kent. Ted Kent
is a dank pit. Dr. S drops to sit on a city bench. All around,
roses glow in nebula tints. Nothing can touch this ynth.
She’s tried sexercise. A tryst with that Venusian sexpat.
A sextragalactic sexodus to the seaside. Dr. Sexpot fingers
her ray gun, wonders if its handle will fit up in her. She
attempts it. Her ynth only deepens. What is ynth? It is a
many-mouthed monster named Mothmeat disguised as a lost
child. It’s that time someone you trusted bit your lips to
shreds. It’s a punch-pink rambler rose snaking up from the
rich soaked mulch of sheer regret. Dr. S re-sheathes her
gun. Galaxy patterns flower across her skin, an unbearable
itch. A story her mother used to tell began: “Three sisters
were witches, but one of them wasn’t.” To be the unwitched
sister is to know ynth. To be a spacesuit filled with blood on
a planet filled with spacesuits filled with blood. Dr. Sexpot
looks up. Stars wink. The moon’s a gibbous slit. It pierces
the asteroid shard of her heart. It inks an arc to her gut. She
clasps her stronger hand with her weaker hand till it hurts.
She stuffs her fist in her mouth. She gnaws her fist till it
cracks. Then she stops. It was plunging into cosmic dust.
It was earthshine rush, being drenched in Ted Kent. She
takes a step. Another step. Dr. S walks the paths of the petal-
strewn park on the earth of her world in the dark of her dress.
Dr. Sexpot and the Snails of Saturn
Dr. S stops at a stand of emerald roses the color of her hair.
She strokes a rose lightly with her red nails. Its toxic thorns
engorge. The air is still, but the rosebush rustles. She whips
to a defensive stance. Three snails inch from the innards of
the roses. They’re the size of finches half-eaten by cats.
We are the snails of Saturn, the smallest one says. We were
drawn by the intensity of your ynth. Dr. Sexpot picks it up.
It swells from her palm to the inside of her wrist. Another
snail slides from the guts of the bush. Its eyestalks gleam
softly. Ynth begins with us, the smallest snail says, gliding
its way upward. When we colonized earth’s parks, spores of
ynth came with us, concealed in the whorls of our shells.
Two more snails surge from the bush, more snails than roses
now. The smallest one crosses the moons of her breasts. It
moves up her neck to her ear and curves its snout inside.
Dr. Sexpot’s throat gets tight. It is good to be touched.
Your ynth is vast and sweet, like rosehip jam and ruin,
the snail says. It undulates back down her neck. We snails
have built up a resistance. Our ooze lessens the effects of
ynth until it leaves you for another host. More snails pop up
near the base of the bush. They are coming up out of the
ground. Dr. S plucks the smallest snail off her neck with a
wet smack. She slips it in her mouth and squishes it like
strawberry candy. She sucks and sucks, but nothing happens,
and Dr. Sexpot sees she has been deceived. Ynth feels
worse than you can imagine, but you’ll know soon enough.
Dr. Sexpot at the Roller Rink
Dr. S rolls solo in the midst of the crush like a circling
goldfish in her glitter skates, the only human in the universe
too sad for Saturday night. That old familiar sense of going
nowhere, too fast to stop. She glides by lovers, tangled
together like thorns. Near the snack stand, a child beams at
a blazing cake. She skates past Thunderfunk, who smiles
down at her from the DJ booth. Her traitor heart leaps. She
looks away. Thunderfunk is a mistake in waiting. But his
his voice on the mic smiles still: This goes out to a lady
who doesn’t know how loved she is. A song comes on, a
song released the year of Dr. Sexpot’s birth, the year of the
apocalypse novel, the hero throws his girl to the rats. It all
comes back to ynth. And yet: breathing people spiral out
from the center of the rink like the open arms of a galaxy,
and Dr. Sexpot is part of the galaxy, isn’t she? Just as much
as any dark matter, isn’t she? Hold me now. Hold my heart.
Thunderfunk’s cut spins like the wheels the stars appear to
be from where we are. Dr. Sexpot accelerates. She laps the
lovers. She zips so fast the jeweled gels of the rink lights
become a warp speed blur, the disco ball splinters like a
doomed moon in a fool’s song, until she is lightyears away,
until the big chill, the big crunch, the big split, until ynth is
just the last luckless mollusk adrift in the blast that’s the
end of the ‘verse: melting away as it’s moving along.