Flirting with Disaster via In the Powder Room

Flirting with Disaster

For my darling, Kay, who continually caused me to piss my pants.


Kay was my crazy partner in crime.

We were sort of like Lucy & Ethel. No, more like Laurel and Hardy. Yeah, that kind of crazy.

She’d assert I was the bad sister, the naughty sister, but that’s only partly true. In reality, I was the dependable sister whereas Kay was 40 going on 20. And even though she was super model striking, she had a gigantic issue about growing older. For example, she incessantly lied about her true age.

“I’m 27-years-old,” she’d say to acquaintances and co-workers without wavering.

During one of our sister dates at Grandmas’ Sports Garden, a dude resembling Antonio Banderas happened to be our waiter. You know Antonio, no?

Desperado. Interview with a Vampire. Zorro. Puss in Boots. Melanie Griffith. Hot.

Yeah, that’s the one.

So, here comes Antonio with his saucy, sexy, seductive self to take our orders. Needless to say, we’re giggling like 14-year-old school girls.

Kay nudges me, “Oh, isn’t he gorgeous? Isn’t he something? Did you notice those big brown eyes, that beautiful tan?”

“And he’s young enough to be our—”

“Don’t finish that sentence, Kimmie,” she hisses. “Don’t ruin it.”

“What would you like, ladies?” Antonio smiles.

Unbelievable, he doesn’t have a Spanish accent. I’m a bit disenchanted.

Oh, well. You can’t have everything. Somebody who looks like that needn’t speak; he simply needs to be.

His teeth, I swear to God, are gleaming white rows of pearls. His skin is milk chocolate. The Dove kind. The young kind. The licking kind. And he has this luscious black ponytail surging down his back like dark water.

Want to go swimming?

Kay is batting her eyes like one of those cartoon characters with oversized lashes.

Betty Boop.

I’m absolutely positive Antonio is used to this sort of ridiculous behavior by females.

Beautiful people cause ordinary people to squirm in their chairs.

“Um, let’s see, I’ll take a Caesar salad with extra dressing on the side,” Kay purrs. “Oh, and let’s split Louisiana chicken wings, Kimmie.”

Then we both lift our heads to gaze at him.


He’s a tower above us. A chiseled stature. The mythical god, Himeros.

We gazed at his flawlessness for a long time.

“Ma’am,” he says, glancing at Kay. “I knew I recognized you.”

Kay is still batting her Betty Boop lashes, locking her brown eyes into his brown eyes.


“I’ve been trying to figure it out,” he says, “Doesn’t that drive you crazy, you know, when you can’t remember a pretty face?”

“Yeah, I know exactly what you mean.” Kay tosses her hair back, rubs her raspberry lips together.

“Well, anyhow, a light bulb went off, and I’m like, I know that lady.”

“You do?” Kay slowly hums, eyelashes batting once again.

“Yeah. I went to middle school with your son, Jordan.”


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Kim Sisto-Robinson is a writer, educator, activist, obsessive blogger, and poet. She is extremely passionate about women’s issues, especially domestic violence. Kim created the blog My Inner Chick in 2010 in memory of her sister, Kay, who was murdered by her husband.

**Kay was silenced, but still lives through my words. She is no longer a victim, but part of the solution to end domestic violence.**

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  1. Debra says

    I know you two so well!! This is truly one of your stories
    That brings me back to Kay, in such an honest, fun, humorous
    way, that I thank you from the bottom of my heart! Who would
    know such a short story, would make me laugh, and cry! You
    truly do that for me! XOXO

  2. says

    Oh snap… That had to burst the bubble of oogling this luscious male.. He might have come to your house as a play date for your sister’s son..

  3. says

    I hate when that happens!! Great story told by one of my favorite writers, I realized that I am a flirt like Kay and almost always got the man – but in this case, I would have had to throw him back until he was quite done! xxx

  4. Lisa Hewitt says

    Great story! It is odd when they all of the sudden get so damn handsome, or someone says how handsome your son is. (that actually happened, it was fairly creepy)

  5. says

    Ouch! The fact that he called Kay “lady” was a clue – according to my daughter that is what you call older women. Whatever.