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Wire 008: Backrub

I am listening to Anita Ward's song "Ring My Bell." This song makes me want to get a bottle of lotion and rub a woman's back, pressing against the muscles of the shoulders with these large, strong hands, plying the warm flesh of every tender spot with gentle caress, releasing tension slowly, over the course of an hour, and letting my hands slip where they will, until she is riveted in comfort, afloat on my touch.

Unfortunately, I'm gay, so after that I'd go home.


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