The main problem with never standing up for yourself, is that by the time you actually do, it's always way too late.
I work for a security firm, I get paid minimum wage to basically
call the cops if I see anything that would require calling the cops.
I'm supposed to make myself seen, so that people will know to stay
away from whatever it is that I'm supposed to be watching. Mostly
temporary structures, or malls. Nothing ever happens, I never call
the cops. Mostly kids try to pull some shit. And I stop them before
it gets too serious.
It's a shit job. It's meant to be a shit job, it's the kind of job
designed for the kind of douche bags that were too big a douche bags
to be allowed into the army or the police.
I work with a lot of douche bags. I'm not a douche bag.
I like working nights, I like keeping a place safe, I like keeping
kids out of trouble. I'm not allowed to be a cop or in the army
because I only have one arm.
I was born without it, so don't feel bad about it. I just don't
have it, I wouldn't know what it would be like to have one. It might
as well be a vagina, I'll never know.
If you are going to feel bad for me, feel bad about the fact that
kids are mean, real mean. I got picked on for not having an arm for a
solid twelve years. It was horrible, gruesome and violent. I'm not
going t get in to the details, but lets just say that it probably has
something to do with the reason as to why I allowed myself to get
walked all over in this situation, until it was too late.
I was working security for a theatre company that put up plays in
the summer in tents. Shakespeare or whatever, I guess they used to do
Shakespeare each year, until the past couple, when they had to get
more modern plays and musicals in order to make money. I don't know.
So the job, was mostly just like, sitting in a truck outside the
tents from midnight until eight in the morning. Racoons were the
biggest problem. They got in to the garbage. It was annoying. Until
the kid showed up.
The kid said that he was one of the actors in a play, and that him
and his friends just needed inside to rehearse and hang out after
hours. He said this by arriving at like twelve twenty, and handing me
a beer, he asked all of this of me. He had the kind of smile, the
smile that looked right through you, and made you want to be his
friend. He had that power over me almost right away. To be honest,
talking about it now, he still might. I don't know.
So, instead of saying no, I decided to buddy up. So I said that I
needed to be in there with them the whole time. He said that that was
fine. And we got out of the truck, and I let a group of about nine of
them in. With me, I guess there was ten of us.
The first night was fun, they hung out, got drunk, the kid, his
name was Alex. He banged one of the girls right on a couch in front
of everyone. Everybody else just kept on hanging out like it was
normal. So I did too. Even though it made me very uncomfortable, not
that I hadn't had sex before, I just didn't want to watch other
people have it. It was the second time I let him walk on me. There
would be at least a hundred more times.
It made work fun, it wasn't work. It was getting drunk with a
bunch of really good looking actors, that seemed interested in me,
for who I was. They would always call me a real
person. As if, some guy with one arm working security was a rare
novelty to them. They couldn't get enough of me. As long as I did all
their favors. Which would always be slightly degrading or
uncomfortable. But they would celebrate me afterwards. They even had
me making fun of myself for my lack of arm a couple of times.
All good things come to an end.
Actually, all things end. This was no exception. So one day I
actually decided on my day off, to go
to the plays, all of them, in one day. And you wouldn't believe it.
But not a single one of my new friends was in any of them, at all! So
I got to thinking, because, frankly, even though I'm a push over, and
even though I only have one arm. I'm not actually, all that stupid.
Really. So I got to thinking, what were they doing with me every
night, why were they wanting to drink and fuck inside the tent, every
night? When they clearly could do that anywhere. Why involve me?
I had three guesses, either they
were drug dealers, and were somehow, doing something with drugs. Or,
they were terrorists of some type. Maybe anarchists or some shit. Or
they were simply just stealing from the theatre, right under my nose.
I figured it was probably the third option. I partially hoped that it
was one of the other two. More dramatic that way. I'm just a push
over security guard, not much happens to me.
Mostly, I was hurt. I was hurt
that I had been used. I was hurt that they never tried to include me
in whatever it was that they were doing. That they clearly had just
been pretending to be my friends. So, that night, I told Alex, that I
needed to talk to him. So we went out to the truck that I was
supposed to be keeping watch. Alex, was clearly on edge. I had
grabbed a couple beer, and we sat in the truck. Sipping at our beers.
He asked if there was anything
the matter, and I said there was. I was getting emotional, already,
before we even had the confrontation, I was very hurt and upset, I
thought I could keep my cool. But the beer wasn't helping. I asked
him why he and his friends were such mother fuckers and why they felt
they had to lie to me. He asked me what he thought they had lied
about. I told him I went to the shows. He said that technically they
were actors in those tents, since every night they had been
pretending to be my friend. I was already blubbering like an child,
but when he said that, I had to slap him. And he took a knife and put
it against my throat.
I don't know where the knife came
from, it was like, one second I was crying and I slapped him, and the
next thing I knew, there was a knife on my throat. That kind of thing
had never happened to me before. Things had escalated very quickly
and I was beginning to panic, I'm a security guard. I'm not trained
for this kind of thing.
In my teary blur, I saw through
the window of the truck. The view was of the stage tent, sure, but
also to the right of it was the ocean harbour. I could see there were
those tiny black boats that you see in the movies, and people were
moving boxes and boxes of stuff off of them, and taking them into a
parked semi trailer. I said:
“Oh, drugs. Well, at least it
was something cool.” Then there was something cold and sharp
against my neck. And everything stopped.
I guess those words were my last.