Milena/bed & breakfast

behind the desk at 8PM

young, short hair, on the phone in British English

“darling, I shall call you in 15 minutes…” says she to her English boyfriend


as I give her my credit card and she hands me my keys, rolls her eyes I ask

“where are you from…are you English?”

::::

Milena from Belgrade takes me up a round elevator to the 2nd floor and opens my door as if presenting Shakespearean theater,

extending an arm to my elegant room 110 euros, continental breakfast near Campo dei Fiori

exit Milena

until I seek internet access for a train connection at departure

the Indian man who brought me my breakfast opens the office allowing me in:

screensaver of Milena with beehive orange hair and false eyelashes embraces a taller makeupless girl, butcher that she….

Via del Pavione 33, Roma

23 September 2005

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