How about one of my firsts.
I was 19 years old.
Me: Wait, what’s his name?
BFF: ***. He’s really cool and he wants to meet you since he’s ***’s (her boyfriend’s) best friend and you’re my best friend and you happen to be in New York.
Me: Sure, why not. I’ll see when I’m off this week. I’ll let you know how it goes.
I know this guy likes to party, way more and harder than I do so my judgy mind expects a strung-out skeletal raver-kid who could be beautiful or with fucked up speedy teeth and bad skin who can’t stop scratching himself.
He’s actually much more wholesome-looking than I expect and quite polite but that could just be an effect of his charming English accent. The strangest thing is how safe I feel around him and maybe it’s nothing more than my internal radar believing that if I don’t acquiesce, he won’t sex. Either way, I trust him enough to easily “sure,” when he asks if I want to party.
His friends live in a way too fucking cool for school apartment in a doorman building and they’re already SMAAaa-shed. Actually, considering that they haven’t left their place for almost three days, they are in that dreamy-haze state that saw wasted over 36 hours ago. We’re just in time for nitrous rounds! But I stick to my familiar weed and alcohol as he snorts, smokes and rapid-inhales a motley assortment until he’s blue in the face. He stays blue-violet long enough that not only am I worried (of course I’m worried) but his friend who showed up god-knows-when is worried, until said friend takes a hit of something and disappears into his own high world.
Time suddenly morph-warp speeds as happens when drugs happen and as we’re sitting in a diner eating many plates of pierogies, I need to decide if I want to have sex with him because his friend is asking him if he needs a place to crash. He still feels safe to me and as tends to happen when shared experiences take place, I feel close to him. So why not? Yeah, come back to my crappy dorm room.
He uses a condom.
I intake sharply as he decidedly fucks me.
All in all, he’s pretty sweet and gentle.
I reach for a cigarette and quickly become lost in thought as I inhale delicious nicotine.
He joins me for a smoke- “Oh, right!”- because that’s what you do after a fuck?
He crashes, thank god.
I go to the bathroom and look at myself in the mirror.
So that was that.
He didn’t say degrading things that make me feel inadequate and dirty.
I didn’t fix my eyes on a single, burning bulb, willing it to render me blind to erase what was happening.
I had no problem looking at him the next day, directly in the eyes to say, “I’ve got to go to work so you’ve got to go.”
It was devoid of any meaning.
That it was a meaningless act made it absolutely meaningful; a first of many in the realm of sex.
My first one-night stand was the first time I had sex.