Charlotte grew up a fairly typical American girl. She did very well in school, was in every major club, and was runner-up prom queen her senior year. However, she was always drawn to the party lifestyle and guys that were the ‘bad boy’ type. When Charlotte was 19, she got pregnant from a one night stand and had a little baby girl. She absolutely adored her daughter, and would do anything to keep her safe and taken care of.
Charlotte met Dylan on a dating app and she was immediately smittened when she laid eyes on his profile pic. Dylan had dark hair, a short beard, plenty of tattoos, and was sitting on his motorcycle smoking a cigarette. She messaged him and they set up a meeting at a local bar that same night. Charlotte’s mother watched her daughter while she went out. Her mother thought it was healthy that Charlotte was getting out and meeting people since having the baby.
Charlotte and Dylan had been spending almost every moment with each other for about two months. Dylan would stay the night at her apartment most nights unless he had an overnight run to make. He sold crystal meth for a local biker gang known as the Vile Brigade. On occasion, he would have to drive south and meet members of the Mexican cartel to make the pick up. Charlotte knew from their initial meeting that Dylan sold drugs, and that added to his mystique and her fascination with him. The first night they were together, they smoked meth and had every kind of hedonistic sex imaginable. She was hooked on both Dylan and the drug.
There wasn’t a day that went by that Charlotte didn’t smoke or snort meth. Surprisingly, she managed to keep her addiction under control, attend work, and be a good mother. That is, until Dylan showed up with a rig and injected the poison into her veins for the first time. This took Charlotte on a downward spiral into the depths of the worst kind of hell imaginable.
On nights when Dylan wasn’t around, he would tell a few biker buds to take a little dope over to Charlotte’s place and have some fun with her. The first few times Charlotte felt dirty and used, but soon the stronghold of the drug made it feel like the norm, and she somehow justified it. While the gang of bikers each had their way with her, all she could think about was getting that next fix and her precious little girl. Charlotte laid on her bed spread eagle, being used by a menagerie of men, and thought about her sweet, innocent daughter.
Dylan was withdrawing more and more as Charlotte was steadily wasting away. The once voluptuous, pretty girl, who was always smiling, was now turning into a real life zombie. Her teeth were discolored with rot beginning to set in. The retail store where she worked let her go, due to her new, scrawny, unkempt look. She was either on multiple day benders or sleeping a few days in a row. The sound of a hungry kid was what woke her most of the time. Charlotte absolutely hated herself for what she had become, but the draw of the drug was immeasurable. She couldn’t fathom just how low she had sunk.
As Charlotte laid in the bed, she took a massive hit from her glass pipe. She slowly exhaled a plume of off-white smoke, watching it swirl and dance before her. Charlotte placed the pipe on her chest, cradled between two rib bones where her breast used to be, and thought about her daughter. She pondered her birth, what she would be like when she got older, who she would marry, and what she was doing at that very moment.
Charlotte wondered if she could have gotten even more money from those men for her.
Richard and Bob finished a grueling, sun-baked, slave laboring day on the job and headed to their after work watering hole. Bob would always say that whiskey and beer is the best medicine to get the taste of the day out of your mouth. They pulled on the small, nondescript pub door and it was locked. Richard pointed out a sign that read…
To our loyal customers who know Billy like family:
We regret to inform you that Billy has suffered a major heart attack. Bill’s Swill and Fill will be closed until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience. The family has set up a GoFundMe account for any donations for his medical treatment. Please call Debra at the bar’s number for the info, as the phones are now forwarded to her. Thank you for your understanding. We look forward to serving you in the future.
“Well fuck,” Bob squawked. “What the shit are we gonna do now? I don’t want to go home and drink. The old lady and those screaming bastards are there.”
Richard, the brains of the two, said, “Just hold on man. I’m thinking.”
Richard pulled his phone out and typed, ‘bars near me’. A plethora of options appeared, with only a few within 5 miles. He scoured the listings near the top and said,
“Bingo. Todd’s Place is only a mile away. It says that they have beer specials and their happy hour doesn’t stop until 7 p.m. I say we go there. Whatcha say?”
Bob looked at him with wide eyes and exalted,
“Shit, all beer is special to me, and if I’m drinkin, then I’m happy. Let’s go.”
They each pulled up to Todd’s Place. It was a fairly unremarkable establishment on the edge of town with hardly any cars out front. The two headed in. When they opened the doors, classic rock was playing and a haggard blonde woman was tending the bar. They took a couple of empty stools and asked about the specials that were advertised on the internet. She gave some spiel about all their beer being fresh and cheap. They ordered a pitcher of draft and started in on it. Looking around, they noticed a few men sitting by themselves at the bar, a man and woman in a booth snuggling, and two guys sitting fairly close on the opposite bar. Bob was the first to speak up and said,
“Looks like we gotta coupla blades over there.”
“Blades?” inquired Richard.
“Don’t let them bother you Bob. Just drink your beer. Hell, I thought you were supposed to be happy. Let them be.”
“Look at them all cozied up to one another. Laughin and whisperin like some fairies. Makes me fuckin sick.”
“Stop Bob. There ain’t no need for that. Just drink up man. What’s your thoughts about Jimmy getting to run the 300 ton crane? Think he deserves it?”
Bob didn’t acknowledge Richard’s attempt to change the subject. He just kept downing pint glasses and looking at the two across from him. Richard couldn’t understand why Bob was getting so agitated. The two of them sat in silence for another fifteen minutes until Richard said,
“Hell man. I’ve had my fill. Let’s get home. You ready?”
“Naw. I ain’t done here. I got some drinkin to do.”
“You should probably leave with me man.”
“I said I ain’t done drinkin. Leave if you want to leave. I’ll seeya at work tomorrow.”
Richard hesitantly left. Bob continued stewing and slugging away at his beer. Another twenty minutes passed and Bob’s pitcher was drained. The worn blonde asked about a refill, but Bob told her that he was good. The two guys opposite to Bob paid their tab and got up to leave. Bob quickly got the attention of the disheveled blonde and paid as well. He was probably ten steps behind the two of them as they walked hand in hand, slightly stumbling, headed to their car.
“Queers!” Bob yelled at them from behind.
The attention of the two guys were now completely on Bob and his derogatory slur. The contemptment and happiness of the two were now fleeting memories.
“Fuck you old man,” one of them said, as he turned to face Bob.
“Let’s just go. He’s just a dumbass drunk,” said the other, trying to pull him back by his arm.
Bob immediately saw red and was on them hastily, swinging, punching, kicking, and spitting. When he emerged from his rage-filled state, Bob was left standing over bloody and beaten piles of flesh, spilled onto the concrete.
Once back at home, Bob washed the blood from his hands, got a beer from the fridge, and sat in silence for about ten minutes, contemplating the previous events. He walked to the bathroom and looked at himself in the mirror. He absolutely loathed what he saw, and couldn’t believe what he had just done. Tears began to well up in his eyes.
He then unlaced the tops of his work boots, just enough to remove them, took off his faded flannel work shirt, weathered blue jeans, and dingy white socks.
However, he left the red lace thong on. He loved how the little frilly edges tickled his ass cheeks, and how the middle string hugged the buttplug.