(by Sarah Armstrong, Colchester, UK)
John sauntered into the bar with the same ease that he walked through life. He ignored the woman who started to hyperventilate when she saw him. He didn’t have time to acknowledge them all, much as it pained him.
He sat down opposite Fidel and sighed. Fidel’s single, thick eyebrows curled like an anxious caterpillar.
‘I don’t know why you think you’re better than me, John FK,’ Fidel spat. ‘You know Jackie is really in love with me but you bamboozled her with your wit and charm.’
Kennedy glowed with self-consciousness, ‘She was free had to make her own choice. I am sorry for your sake that she chose to be with me but we all have crosses to bear.’ He wiped away a single glistening teardrop, and then pointed at the distracting mass of crying women dragging their pert bodies towards him across the dirty floor. He couldn’t pleasure them all, and Marilyn had asked him to keep his strength up. Determined not to look downwards, he raised his head with the fortitude he was bred with, the fortitude of one resigned to their genetic heritage.
Fidel shook the table with his jealousy and blew a putrid plume of acrid, grey, stinking cigar smoke across the table, ‘As you have stung my heart so will I sting your eyes.’
John coughed politely.
‘I wish I could help you to become a better person, and more attractive,’ sighed the president, as he glided away, ‘but I can’t.’
Fidel shouted after him, like a madman, ‘One day, in Texas probably, I will be revenged on you, Kennedy, and Jackie will be free to marry me!’