Winter 1985 • Vol. VII No. 1 Fiction |

A Dream of Fair Women

Like a night sentry on the border between India and dream country, Singh, the restaurateur, observed her from the little lamplit bar, his post. Six and one-half feet tall, he was made even taller by his emerald green turban, and his Nehru jacket was as white as Himalayan snow. Alma was the last waitress to arrive, and even though she had appeared on time the near miss must have seemed to him a portent of ruin. She saw the superstitious fear in his eyes. The most famous of roaming gourmets was to be his guest this night, a man who would either place the restaurant on the map of the world, or with a few cruelly chosen words, devastate it utterly. In the rest room she slipped her costume on. The tiled cubicle was still fragrant with the colognes of the other waitresses who, by arriving early and lighting the candles on all the tables, were like angels promising a celestial ending to this night. Drawing up the long cotton underskirt, smoothing the snug silk vest over her breasts, dr

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