the spot you see when you close
Roof of the Hotel Babar. Late
afternoon. Sun sinking behind a cloud bank on the horizon. Magic light on the
magic walls of Obo.
Paul is looking through
I see him, he says. Big
He's talking about Kyprios, who's
rumoured to be in the area.
Big mother, he says. I see it in
Port of Spain, swear I do.
Hands me the nocs.
I see it, I say. Like a
Party boat, says Paul. I see this baby in the keys.
Kyprios? I say.
Muthafugga, says Paul. That's what I want.
No you don't,
I say. The up-keep is tres hideous.
I make it pay, says Paul. That is a
fuggin money machine.
Kid, I say. Believe me when I say the insurance
Captain Paul need no insurance, says Paul. I run with the pirates.
I'm watching... but don't know if
he's coming or going... or just passing by.
No coincidence, I say.
money in this, says Paul.
The movie? I say. How do you know?
Thought these guys were enemies, I say. This Kyp guy and
Paul shrugs. Sometimes think he
bullshits, makes it up as he goes along. Still, movies cost money. A Greek with
Euros could be a producer.
Kate joins us, but stays back a
bit. Jokes, says she has yellow fever... no longer looks like a chi chi
Princess Di on a land mine mission. Gray like cigarette ash. Hides her face in
a scarf. Yeah... she's caught something alright. Voice is husky.
I simply hate the food here, she
says. They poisoned me.
Just a bug, says Paul.
Tried a doctor? I
Here? she says. In Obo? Not on your life.
Have a peek, I say...
offer Kate the binoculars.
What am I expected to see? she says.
Kyprios, says Paul.
She takes a look.
That yacht is Kyprios? she says.
Paul thinks so, I say.
I think it's him, says Paul. Cecil say he
Yes, but is he welcome? says Kate.
Sure, I say. He can stand in
Are you leaving? says Kate.
Yeah, I say. This movie is
Fed up, eh, says Kate. Don't blame you. I learned something new
What's that, I say. Obo is really Club Med?
"I" found out why
the script you nicked doesn't have an ending, says Kate.
Oh... you gained an
audience with his highness Roy Cocteau, I say.
No, says Kate. That Irish
Shakespearean actor told me.
He tell you anything, chica, says Paul. He hot
He told me the movie you're in is just a decoy, says Kate.
Monsieur Cocteau is the real movie. That's why he has a camera on himself all
You're kidding, right? I say. The 1st unit stuff is
What Liam says, yes, says Kate. Just fluff to deceive the Obo
What authorities? I say. The cops? The mullahs?
authorities, says Kate. Whoever they are.
Lotta heavy dudes in Obo, says
Paul. Knives, guns, religion.
Cocteau is his own movie? I say.
auteur, says Kate. He's multi-media.
He the star, says Paul. He the man.
What about Naomi? I say.
Oh yes, says Kate. She the woman.
What craziness! Don't know if I'm
pissed because my vanity is hurt or because I feel like a chump. If I was Jim
Morrison, I'd drop my pants right now.
Kate, I say. Did you know this all
I swear, she says. No way.
Once again I look beyond the walls
of Obo at the sea and the curve of the horizon. The yacht? With no binoculars,
Kyprios is just a dot, like the spot you see when you close your eyes.
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