68. Upstairs

I follow Liza upstairs.
Up the narrow stairs.
It’s dark.
We reach a landing.
Liza knocks a door.
I follow her in.
A tiny room.
A curtain encloses a mattress on the floor.
On the mattress a body sleeps.
At the end of the narrow, rectangular room 3 girls, young women sit on the floor.
In the centre of the girls, a small plastic bottle.
Out of the top pops a white straw.
Attached to the straw a glass pipe, about 2 inches long.
It has a narrow stem and a round bowl for a head.
A second straw juts out of the plastic water bottle top.
Long.
3 straws inserted into each other.
Like those spider crabs with the super long arms.
Like a tentacle.
The girls open up a place for Liza to sit.
I sit too.
5 now in the circle.
The spider crab straw is swung around for the next girl to take a hit.
It’s so different to the crack pipes of old I used to smoke from…
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Author: Mark Dark

Actor Teacher Writer Breaking Bad for Christ – a Novel. Actor turned Christian missionary turns his back on his Hollywood dreams to combat sex trafficking in Cambodia – and finds himself deep underground in a dangerous world of drugs, gangs and violence. Based on a true story. https://steveedwardsthoughts.wordpress.com/

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