Wednesday, March 14, 2007
New Beginning 240
I dreamed of being a spy since I was a child. I fell in love with James Bond when I came to America and saw all the movies. But to think that my fantasies would come true when I was still in college? I’d have never believed it myself. And yet, thanks to Ali Chalabi, I managed to get recruited by the Mossad when I was a junior at Columbia.
Ali sat next to me in Western Civilization. He was handsome in a slightly exotic Middle Eastern way with a prominent nose, skin of tawny bronze, heavy-lidded almond eyes and full, sensuous lips. I used to watch him out of the corner of my eye, but that was simply because I liked his looks. I did not suspect him of anything and had no idea that he was about to become my entry ticket to the world of espionage. When we finally spoke after class, Ali turned out to have a British accent, which only made him more intriguing. I guess his accent reminded me of 007.
"I really appreciated your comments on the Roman senate today, " I mentioned as we filed out the door.
"Ta," he replied. "Yers're bloody smashing as well. The dog's bollicks. Up fer some rumpy pumpy in me flat?"
"Thanks," I replied, wondering what he'd said, flattered that he'd noticed me at all. I leaned casually against the wall as crowds of students rushed past. "Hey, would you like to grab some pizza or something?"
"Oi, luv," he said to me, winking. "Tha's a nice bit o' totty. Giv'n me a stiffy, it 'as. Wot say you 'n' me 'ave a pint 'n' then shag ourselves rotten?"
He sounded so sophisticated. I knew right then that I had fallen for him.
Opening: Katerina.....Continuation: G. Clemmons, foggidawn