later that day jake was back at the victorian. the phone rang.
hi. it’s me. come out and pick me up. i’ll spend the night. and there’s someone i want you to meet.
ok. sure. when?
in a couple of hours. i’ll make us something to eat then we’ll head back to oakland.
sounds good. see you then.
jake hadn’t seen stephanie for a couple of days and he was excited at the prospect of seeing her that evening. he wondered who she wanted him to meet.
the ride out to corte madera was uneventful and the simple meal was ready when he arrived. the two ate while catching up on things.
you’re lucky the cop let you go. what happened to your friend?
this is good. he ran into the same cop and the cop called triple a for him. after he made the call he let him go. then the cop runs into me. amazing. i was surprised my friend made it back to the truck. i couldn’t find it again. i finally found a phone and called jimmy.
men. amazing. let’s clean up and get out of here.
the pair made their way back into oakland to another victorian near downtown and lake merritt. the place was stunning in the late afternoon early evening light.
your friend lives well.
he does ok. he and his wife live upstairs in the rental. the stairs are over here.
what’s he do?
he’s a business man. you’ll see.
from the landing by the front door the setting sun sparkled and danced on the water of the lake. the door was opened by an attractive blond woman.
hi, stephanie. come on in. this must be your friend jake.
yep. mary this is jake.
the two shook hands.
frankie is in the den listening to the new stones album.
the house was enormous but appeared to be smaller from the outside.
wow. amazing. look at all of that redwood trim and it’s never been painted over. it’s beautiful.
yeah, we like it. it’s one of the reasons we still live here. that and the view of the lake.
jake could make out the strains of ‘exile on main street’ coming from behind a redwood door just ahead of them. the three entered.
hey hey, stephanie. long time no see.
the two hugged.
hiya, frank. this is my friend jake.
more hand shaking.
any friend of stephanie’s is a friend of mine. how about a toot?
the four sat down around a coffee table and chatted listening to the stones while frank worked on the cocaine.
you ever do coke before jake?
once or twice. i’m not sure if i got off or not.
yeah. it does do that the first few times. i think you’ll get the picture this time around. help yourself.
frank had cut and lined out eight neat fat lines of the white powder. he handed jake a rolled up one hundred dollar bill. jake took the money tube. settled in over a line of coke and stuck the tube in his left nostril. closed off the other with his right hand and inhaled deeply. he changed things around and sucked up another of the white lines.
he settled back into the couch handing the rolled up money to stephanie. by the time the others had snorted up the white powder jake realized he was high. a slight euphoria had penetrated his consciousness and it began to grow.
i thought you would like it, jake. another line or two?
you bet, frank.
another small pile of the white powder was cut then lined out for the four of them. ‘exile on main street’ and the stones played on. ‘come on and be my little baby for awhile.’
jake, let’s buy a gram and head back to your place.
ok. how much frank?
$40. i have some of the same coke all ready to go. i’ll go get it.
jake paid the man then he and stephanie made their good-byes. frank told them to stop by anytime. jake was feeling good. really good. the best he’d felt in a long long time. on top of the world.
yes, they are.
the coke is even nicer.
stephanie smiled and said, i thought you’d enjoy it. i need to pick something up. let’s stop at the 7-11.
by the time they made the stop jake was flying. and enjoying himself.
what are we looking for?
the bubble bath stuff?
hmm sounds like fun.
upon their return to jake’s place they snorted some more cocaine then made love. afterwards stephanie suggested they take a bubble bath as there was no one else home at the time. stephanie brought some pot, rolling papers, and the coke into the bathroom. jake drew the bath and poured a good amount of mr bubble into the hot water. they both climbed into the hot sudsy water and relaxed. both of them enjoying the luxury and peacefulness of it all. and the cocaine high.
drying her hands stephanie said, ah huh. dry your hands and roll us a joint.
jake proceeded with the task. stephanie asked if jake had ever smoked any coke before. jake said no.
would you like to try it?
sure, why not?
stephanie sprinkled some of the white powder on to the pot. jake finished rolling the joint then fired the number with the added extra up. stephanie was sitting at the other end of the tube watching jake as she sipped a glass of wine.
jake was already pretty well fucked up. however, after the first hit of the cocaine laced joint he was beyond being simply wasted. two words came to mind, interstellar overdrive, though they didn’t stick around for very long. but it didn’t matter much. nothing mattered. the electric jolts got more intense as the night shifted into the next day. finally a dreamless sleep came from a mind refusing to work anymore overtime as the night began to give way to the sun.