Lingering summer heat drifted in through my open window as I traced another drop of cold water on my bare belly. I knew she would be going out soon. She always got to stay out late on Friday nights while I, little sis, was stuck at home waiting for my high school days to begin. Lucky her, senior class of ’81, and then she’d be out of this do-nothing, know-nothing town.
As I dipped my finger into a glass of ice water for another cool touch, the approaching rumble of what might have been a lion or some other vicious, wild beast seized me and a thrill raced through my body. It growled and roared and thumped and screeched, growing louder as it approached.
I sat up in bed and looked out of the window just in time to see its eyes throwing light onto the dark street as it stopped in front of our little house on Cherry Creek Lane. I could feel the pulse of its music deep in my body. My heart and breathing quickened as the engine of the shining, black van idled down into a low growl, punctuated by powerful, roaring, thrusts from the driver’s foot. Concealed by tinted windows and a moonless night, he pushed the passenger side door open, letting the full range of the song cut like a jagged knife into the night air.
“Aaaaa-aaaaa-aaaaa-aaaah! Aaaaaa-aaaaa-aaaaaaa!” screamed the singer, his voice running icy fingers up my spine. I closed my eyes to savor the full impact of its menacing touch in me.
Cuz I’m back in black!
In an instant, the front door of the house slammed shut, and my sister climbed into the black beast…engine roaring, tires screeching, door slamming as she laughed and cheered it on. Then she was gone once again. I listened intently as the beat of the music and the groan of the engine faded, dissolving gradually into the August night air.
By the time she rolled back home, I would be asleep.
I wasn’t supposed to know that song. I wasn’t supposed to be listening to that kind of music yet, but still I snuck into my sister’s room every Friday night just as I would tonight. Plugging in her big, studio headphones, I dropped the needle and laid back onto her bed, and as the guitar tore into my mind, I felt something begin to ache inside of me, something growing and throbbing and pounding. It ignited a hunger deep inside me that I didn’t know how to satisfy. I listened to the record over and over again, tracing the outline of my emerging hips as Brian Johnson’s vocals ripped into me, claiming a little piece of my soul.