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Kermesse

I t had become tradition fairly quickly although I don’t think that was ever the intention. Summer and six of us piled into the car in a sticky flurry of pillows and tennis racquets and a Michelin atlas stuffed in the seat pocket. A ferry crossing and a long drive and steak haché at the service station, more driving until we arrived at a campsite that looked and felt and sounded and smelt the same as they always did. They were unremarkable holidays in many respects but I can remark on all of them and I can do this because I remember the boys.

First there was Ruud and I met him in the Dordogne. Beautiful, Dutch, year younger than me. Blonde hair and angel eyes, too young to give a shit but I put the work in nonetheless. He was good at table tennis so I got good at table tennis and I got his address and wrote to him but he never replied. The next year was Redmar. Taller, older, also good at table tennis but I was too now so that was fine. We stole a slimy kiss outside the wash block and then he whispered goodbye, pressed his Limp Bizkit business card in my hand.

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