White Doves at Morning by James Lee Burke
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The woman on the phone sounded like a voice from an answering service. There was no inflection, accent, or tonal quality that you could identify with a region or with anyone whom you had ever met.
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I used to imagine what she might have looked like. She must have answered calls from hundreds of men in motel rooms and empty houses, their voices nervous, slightly drunk, hoarse with embarrassment and passion, cautious in fear of rejection. Finally, I had come to think of her as a hard, asexual spinster, thin and colorless, who must have developed a quiet and cynical sense of power in her ability to manipulate the sex lives of others without any involvement on her part.
As always she was discreet and subtly indirect in asking me what type of girl I wanted and for what services. And as always I made a point of leaving my motel registration name—R. I hung up the phone and poured another whiskey over ice. Thirty minutes later the girl arrived in a taxi.
She was Mexican, tall, well dressed in expensive clothes, and she had a delicate quality to her carriage. Her black hair was combed over her shoulders, and her white complexion would have been perfect except for two small pits in one cheek. She had high breasts and shoulders, and her legs were well formed against her tight skirt.
She smiled at me and I saw that one of her back teeth was missing. She sat in a chair, took a cigarette from her purse, and lit it. The whiskey had started to hum in my head. She smoked and looked straight ahead.
My white linen coat hung on the back of a chair. I took my billfold from the inside pocket and counted out seventy-five dollars on the dresser top.
An occasional Italian hood wearing sunglasses and a sharkskin suit. What about that voice on the phone? Has she ever been laid herself? I drank a long swallow from my glass. I could smell the perfume in her hair. She moved the flat of her hand down my back and bit my lip lightly with her eyes closed. I kissed her mouth and could taste the whiskey on my own breath. I took off my trousers and shorts and laid them across the top of the chair. I picked up my cigar from the ashtray and looked into the full-length mirror on the closet door.
At age thirty-five I had gained fifteen pounds since I played varsity baseball as a sophomore at Baylor. I had a little fat above the thigh bones, the veins in my legs were purple under the skin, and my hair had receded a little at the part; but otherwise I was as trim as I had been when I shut out almost every team in the Southwestern Conference. There was no fat in my chest or stomach, and there was still a ridge of muscle in the back part of my upper left arm from two years of throwing a Carl Hubbell screwball.
My shoulders had grown slightly stooped, but I still stood over six feet barefooted, and the bit of gray in my sand-colored hair made me look more like a mature courtroom lawyer than an aging man.
We made love on the bed for an hour, stopping only for me to pour another glass. My head was swimming with whiskey, my heart was beating, and my skin felt hot to my own touch. The floor was unlevel when I walked to the bottle on the dresser, and my breathing became heavier and more hoarse in my throat. We went through all the positions that she knew and all the experiments I could think of, re-creating the fantasies of adolescent masturbation.
She affected passion without being deliberately obvious, and she tensed her body and widened her legs at the right moment. She raised herself on her elbows so that her breasts hung close to my face, and constricted the muscles in her stomach and twisted one thigh sideways each time we moved until I began to feel it swell inside me, then build in force like a large stone rolling downhill over the lip of a canyon, and burst away outside of me with the empty tranquility of an opium dream.
Then I fell into an exhausted whiskey stupor. The girl got up off the bed and began dressing, and a few moments later I heard the door click shut after her.
I was sweating heavily, even in the air-conditioning, and I leaned my head over the edge of the bed to make the room stop spinning. There were flashes of color behind my closed eyes, and obscene echoes of the things I had said to the girl when the stone began to roll downhill. My throat and mouth were dry from the whiskey and heavy breathing, the veins in my head started to dilate with hangover, and I wanted to get into the shower and sit on the floor under the cold water until I washed all the heat out of my body; but instead I fell deeper into a delirium and then the dream began.
I had many dreams left over from Korea. Sometimes I would dig a grave in frozen ground while Sergeant Tien Kwong stood over me with his burp gun, occasionally jabbing the short barrel into my neck, his eyes flat with hatred. Or sometimes I was alone, naked in the center of the compound, where we were allowed to wash under the water spigot and scrub the lice out of the seams of our clothing once a week.
And each time I went there and turned the rusted iron valve I saw the words embossed on the surface—Manufactured in Akron, Ohio. That afternoon had been quiet, and we had moved into a dry irrigation ditch that bordered a two-mile plain of rice farms with bare, artillery-scarred foothills on the far side. We had heard that the First Marine Division had made contact with some Chinese at the Chosin, but our area was thought to be secure.
At seven-thirty the searchlights went on and illuminated the rice fields and devastated slopes; then the nightly bugles and megaphone lectures against American capitalism started. Sometimes the North Koreans would fail to pick up the phonograph needle and the record would scratch out static for several minutes, echoing down off the hills like someone raking his fingernails across a blackboard.
Then the searchlights would change angle and sweep across the sky, reflecting momentarily on the clouds, and settle on another distant hilltop pocked with brown holes. I sat with my back against the ditch and tried to sleep.
My blanket was draped around me like iron in the cold, and my feet ached inside my boots. I had gotten wet that afternoon crossing a rice paddy, and grains of ice had started to form inside my clothes. Even with my stocking cap pulled low under my helmet, my ears felt as though they had been beaten with boards.
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In the distance I heard one of our tanks clanking down a road; then a. He was a tall hillbilly boy from north Alabama. His blanket was pulled up over his helmet, and he had cut away his glove around the first finger of his right hand. I had a small bottle of codeine in my pack, and I started to take it out for a drink.
The machine gun fell silent a moment, then began firing again with longer bursts, followed by a B. He raised up on his knees with his M-1 in his hands. Suddenly, flares began bursting in the sky, burning in white halos above the corrugated fields. The first mortar rounds struck outside our wire and exploded the mines we had strung earlier.
Yellow and orange flames erupted out of the earth and flicked around the strands of concertina wire. I could feel the suck of hot air from the vacuum, my ears roared with the thunder of freight trains crashing into one another, and the wall of the ditch slammed into my head like a sledge.
The rim of my helmet had cut a neat slit across my nose, and I could taste the blood draining in a wet streak over my mouth.
Somehow I had believed that if I ever bought one it would come as a result of some choice I had made; that I would be killed after some positive act of my own—no matter how unconscious or reckless—but there would still be a type of control in my death.
However, now I knew that I was going to die in the middle of a firestorm. I had no more chance of resisting my death than if God crashed His fist down on top of me. The shells burst in jagged intervals along the ditch, blowing men and weapons in every direction.
The corporal was suddenly frozen in an explosion of light and dirt behind him. His mouth and eyes were wide, his helmet pitted and torn with shrapnel.
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He seemed to pirouette in slow motion, the weight of his tall body resting inside one boot, then he fell backward across me. The blood ran from his stocking cap like pieces of string over his face. He opened and closed his mouth with a wet, sucking sound, the saliva thick on his tongue. He coughed once, quietly and deep in his throat; then his eyes fixed on a phosphorescent flare burning above us.
Moments later the firestorm ended, almost too quickly, because it seemed that nothing that intense and murderous could ever end, that it would perpetuate itself indefinitely with its own cataclysmic force. I pushed the corporal off me, my ears ringing in the silence or what seemed like silence, since automatic weapons had begun firing again on both sides of us.
The dead were strewn in unnatural positions along the ditch, some of them half-buried in mounds of dirt from the caved-in walls, their bodies twisted and broken as though they had been dropped from airplanes. The faces of the wounded were white with shock and concussion.
Down the line a man was screaming. He carried his carbine in one hand. His left arm hung limply by his side. The right flank is getting their ass knocked off. Our automatic weapons men killed Chinese by the hundreds as they advanced across the rice fields. We packed snow on the barrels of the. The dead lay in quilted rows as far as I could see.
Hollywood comes calling and with it comes another darkness that threatens to destroy not only her, but Hershel and Weldon as well. When you let corruption in your life it is nearly impossible to ever remove the stain from your mind, your heart, your character.
What did he think happens out here? On a spring night you can hear the hymans snapping like crickets.
As you meet people, you peg their usefulness to you before you analyze their character. The interesting thing is, at the beginning of the book, I could not stand Linda Gail, but by the end of the book, under the careful manipulations of a crafty writer, I started to cut her some slack.
Things get much worse, and soon Weldon and Hershel realize that they are up against people who refuse to lose. Winning is so important that nothing else carries any weight. To meet him in person is like meeting a character from one of his books. He is a gifted writer who could have been considered literary if he had decided to write books with prizes in mind. He understands love, betrayal, grief, weakness, honor, and has a highly developed sense of how a man or woman should conduct themselves.
He has strong characters of both sexes in his books. Acting honorably is something we need to do all the time, not just when it is convenient.
By compromising ourselves, we can have some short term gains that turn into long term regrets. Nothing irritates my wife more than when someone takes advantage of me.
I reassure her every time that I can take it. My great-grandmother once said to me that I was smart, and therefore, I had a responsibility to help other people. There are times when you have to cut people loose.Undercover with James Lee Burke
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