In King’s Cross there lived a homeless woman. The first time I saw her was the first day I arrived in Sydney. She had long brown hair and wore a purple sweater with black sweat pants. She was begging on the street and I gave her a few coins. She was sitting on a heap of bundled blankets on the concrete, yelling obscenities at other homeless people walking by. The next time I saw her I bought her a burger. Her face looked leaner and her teeth were more yellow. She smiled and said thanks. I saw her around quite often, but she never seemed to remember who I was.
“She’s so disgusting,” Nick commented once when we both had seen her on the street, “I never give her money because she’s obviously using it for crystal meth.”
Overtime I would see her less and less, and when I would spot her the features on her face were more sunken and her teeth started going brown. I saw her once pulling uneaten sushi rolls out of the garbage and eating them.
She asked me once, “Oi, do you have any spare change?”
“No sorry, I don’t.”
“Fuck you, cunt.”
The last time I ever saw her I was waiting in line to buy coffee before a shift at Knight Call. I was tired and coming down off crystal meth. She came into the shop and started yelling, “Does anyone have any spare change? I need a coffee!” Most of her hair had fallen out and I think she had a tooth missing. Her voice wasn’t as soft as it was before. Nobody even turned to look at her. She started going up to every person and individually asking them, but they all shook their heads.
She finally came up to me and asked, “Can I have two dollars, mate? I really want a coffee.”
I replied, “I won’t give you two dollars, but if you wait with me in line I’ll buy you a coffee.”
“I hate the coffee here. I want two dollars to buy coffee somewhere else.” Her breath smelt like rotting flesh.
I snapped, “Well you’re homeless so you really can’t be that picky.”
“Fuck you, mate!” She stormed off.
After she left I grabbed one of my teeth and wiggled it. It was firmly in place.
At Knight Call I started seeing this old man with white hair. He made me laugh, and we would shoot the shit for the better part of the hour. He came in to see me twice in one week. On the second visit he asked me, “Do you like anyone here?”
“No not really,” I answered as I rolled over to the side to look at him.
“I don’t mean like, crush like. Is there anyone here you think is good looking?”
“Kind of, yeah.”
With a cheeky grin he asked, “Who is it? I would like to have a double with you and a guy you think is really hot.”
I had never done a double with another escort before. I debated just telling him that I didn’t want to, the prospect of it made me nervous. For another escort to see how I act in the room seemed like someone would be infringing on personal matters. I acted very different with my clients than I did in real life, so I wasn’t sure about having another person I worked with witness my client persona.
The white haired man continued, “… think of it as a gift from me to you, to be able to sleep with anyone you think is really hot.”
I was quiet for a few seconds, contemplating if I wanted to say the name of the boy I really would’ve liked to have sex with. I said with a grin, “As long as you don’t tell them that it was a gift. I don’t want them to know that I’m the one who set this up.”
“Thats fair enough. So whom shall it be?”
I couldn’t hide my smile, “Jake.”
“Oh, and who is he?”
“He’s this really muscular guy that I work with. He’s pretty cool, sometimes really annoying. He drives me home from work on the nights I work late once in awhile.”
“Sounds fun. I’ll set it up once we are finished here.”
It took Jake only one day to find out we had a booking with a client together. He announced it in front of the entire brothel.
“Cody and I are having a double in a week,” Jake said loudly to all the boys in the Boy’s Room. He had a cheeky grin and looked directly at me, “I’ll be your first double, correct?”
“Yeah, you will.” I couldn’t hide me smile.
“He booked it for next tuesday. Are you excited?” He asked, obviously happy he still had the attention of the room.
“Meh, I don’t really care.” I said nonchalantly. A couple of the boys laughed.
Jason, Bruce’s boyfriend, had started working that week. We all thought they were a cute couple. Everyone remained thoroughly entertained at their Irish accents, making them say words like ‘leprechaun’ and ‘thursday’ and laughing when they pronounced it ‘Tuuuuursday’. Jason seemed really nice, though. He seemed to care for other people and wasn’t like most of the other boys. He obviously liked to make people laugh, and he had a devilishly charming smile.
Immediately Jason got along well with all of the boys, and many fancied him as he was really good looking. He had a second job working in a gay underwear shop located near Oxford Street (the gay street.) I got along with him very well, and it didn’t take long before he became a good work mate of mine. We would spend time telling funny stories and smoking darts in the outdoor area, but outside of work we had never hung out.
The week went by as I was getting to know the Irish couple at work, and Jake texted me everyday saying:
Five more days till we have that double….
Four more days….
Three more! Are you nervous?
Two more days and we have that double.
Tomorrow is the day!
Then the day arrived. I was nervous. The client had booked it for early afternoon, but requested that I came into the room for the first fifteen minutes alone and then go down into the Boy’s Room to collect Jake when we were ready. I liked this plan as it gave me time to calm my nerves. I smoked a cigarette minutes before the white haired man was supposed to arrive. When he arrived and we met in the room I told him I was nervous and he said, “You don’t have to do this if you don’t want to.” He didn’t seem to understand that I was nervous because this was the only thing I wanted to do for the past three months. Sleeping with Jake was something I wanted for a long time.
After fifteen minutes I went down the stairs and collected Jake.
“You nervous?” He asked.
“Nah, this will be fun.” I said with as little emotion as possible.
Jake disappointingly blew his load within 5 minutes and then begged me not to tell the other boys; he was obviously embarrassed. We had kissed roughly, the client sitting naked on the chair watching us throw each other around a bit. Then when it came to the actual sex Jake didn’t last long at all.
“I just don’t want people knowing.” He said once again before we left the room.
“Don’t worry, I won’t tell anyone.” I promised, but it wasn’t even an hour after our session that I had told everyone about it. Payback was a bitch for when he let everyone know I had gonorrhea the week previous.
Nick was jealous that I had the double with Jake and acted snarky with me the rest of the afternoon. Nick had fancied Jake for a while, his crush being strengthened once when Jake and him cuddle on the Boy’s Room couch one afternoon (Photo evidence of this was provided to me by Matt, the Brothel stalker and good friend, as I was not there during the cuddlement). Nick had been wanting to be the first one to have a double with Jake, but I beat him to it.
“He blew within five minutes,” I laughed as I was telling Nick.
“That’s because he probably wanted to get the fuck out of there.” Nick said with satisfaction, which didn’t make sense to me because normal people blow early because they’re too riled up.
That night we decided to go on a big bender at my place. Nick’s intentions seemed to be that he needed drugs to alleviate the emotions he was showing towards the situation with Jake. Nick hated emotions. The rest of us just wanted a fun night on it. Scott would be sleeping, so it didn’t matter to us that he was there. He would’ve never found out that we were smoking crystal meth. Nick brought the poker set, and Brendan drove him and I to my place in little Chippendale. On the way we picked up four points of crystal from Brendan’s dealer, a man who would literally throw the meth off his third story balcony in an envelope and Branden would have to try and catch it as it was falling. Branden would then put the money in the dealer’s letter box. I guessed that the dealer was trying to be smart and not get caught dealing by the police, but I thought that having random people stand under your balcony trying to catch falling envelopes seemed way more peculiar than doing a deal in person.
“We are such meth addicts,” Branden said while driving from the dealers.
“I’m not,” said Nick, “I just do it every once in awhile.”
“Fuck off, we are all addicted.” Branden laughed.
“I don’t think I am. I’m not loosing my hair and my teeth aren’t brown. I can control it,” Nick retaliated.
“Look at us, we do it all the fucking time. It’s ok to be addicted. It’s better when you just admit it.”
Everyone was quiet. I cleared my throat, “I’m addicted.”
“Of course you fucking are!” Branden howled.
“Well you two may say that you’re addicted, but I know that I’m not.” Nick hissed.
“If you’re not addicted then don’t have any tonight.” Brendan looked at Nick with malevolence.
“Fuck off,” Nick’s eyes were wide, “I paid for my half of this for tonight, I’m not gonna waste it.”
“Whatever you say,” Brendan gave up.
I instinctively grabbed one of my teeth and wiggled it. I was sitting in the back seat of Brendan’s car, which was silent.
My tooth was still firmly in place.