The Notched Wing

Helen Tara Hughes – Poetry, Fiction, Film, Phantasms

Naked Neighbor

We have an exhibitionist neighbor.

On New Year’s Day, we are on our computers (‘Drew in the picture window, me on the couch) doing stuff, talkin’, playing show’n tell… and when I went over to his computer to see his artwork, I see the neighbor in her window across the alley. Boobs on display.

Last time I saw her was at Halloween – she was wearing a blonde ‘Pam Anderson’ wig and a nurses outfit. Made of white PVC. She was swaying in the window like she was listening to Sade. And showing off her breasts to the outside world.

The two people who live over there? Both have dark hair. So I wondered who this blonde chick in the sunglasses was – a new girlfriend of the guy living there? An escort? A guy playing dress up for kicks?

At Halloween, I didn’t take much notice. “huh…naked girl. cool.”

Yesterday she had a parade of 3 different outfits. Andrew gave her the scowl – I just watched her for a while. Give the people what they want eh? She has her sunglasses on again, still swaying and cupping her bosoms. Andrew thinks she is a man playing dress-up, but I think she’d have to have some major hormone replacement to come up with those tata’s…

The longer it went on, the creepier it seemed. Then again, it was a beautiful day and maybe she liked the feeling of the air on her skin.

When we left to go to breakfast at 2 pm, she was STILL there.
When we got back at 5 pm, she was gone – curtains closed, show over!

Life in the city. Fun and strange.

Author: smallboy

Helen Tara Hughes is a writer, producer and actor. An award-winning theatre performer, she cut her teeth in classical and new work at major theatres across Canada, including the Stratford Festival. Her first taste of documentary work – a POV radio documentary for CBC’s ‘Outfront’ – gave her the documentary bug, and in 2009 she transitioned into Producing with the feature documentary, Goodness in Rwanda. As a writer, she has been published by Backofthebook.ca, Eros Digest, and TWISI, and has a book of short stories that will be published in the fall of 2012. As a filmmaker, she creates short films based on poetic writing. She moonlights as an Asst Producer and Coordinator for documentary, factual, and independent films, and is developing a slate of her own media projects for 2013.

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