The first thing you gotta learn is the rules. And those are real easy, ’cause there ain’t none, just so long as you do what I tell you to. No more. No less. You understand?”
Melinda nodded nervously.
“So, if I tell you to go stand over there, you go stand over there. If I tell you to come here, you come here, as fast as your short little legs‘ll carry you. And when I tell you to do something, you better do it! And don’t ask any questions. And when I tell you to stop picking at it... stop picking at it!” swatting Melinda’s hand away from picking at a scab. “Now, this other part is little more complicated, and I’m only gonna explain once, so you better pay attention.” Looking at Melinda, Angel asked, “Are you listening?”
She nodded again
“Good!” Angel said, patting her on the top of the head. “Now, the first thing you do when a car stops is walk up to it and say something like; ‘Hi. You wanna go out?’ And he’ll probably look at you and say something like; ‘Sure. How much?’ And you’ll say; ‘Well, that depends on what you want. A blow job’ll cost you forty. Sixty for a lay. And eighty for a half an’ half.’ But you gotta watch ‘em, ’cause they’ll try and talk you down. But whatever you do, don’t go lower than fifty, unless you have to, ’cause the way I look at it, you gotta take what you can get. Just be sure you get as much as you can. Besides, if the other girls on the block start finding out that you’ve been doing lays, you know, for like twenty bucks, they’re liable to take you into the alley and beat the living crap right out of you for trying to undercut their business. The last thing you wanna do is mess with somebody else’s business, if you get my drift. So, you got that so far?” looking down at Melinda.
“I think so,” sounding a little confused.
“What part don’t you understand?”
“Well, I’m not really sure what a half and half is?”
“Are you serious?”
Melinda looked at Angel blankly.
Angel shook her head. “A half an’ half is when you start off by giving the guy a blow job, and then you end off with a lay,” gesturing with her arms. “A half and half! Pretty simple huh!”
Melinda shrugged. “I guess.”
“Well, don’t worry. It’ll ‘cum’ to you. Now while we’re on that subject, you got any condoms?”
Melinda shook her head no.
“What the hell were you using before? Wait a sec. Don’t answer that, ’cause I don’t think I really wanna know.” Angel reached into her pocket. “Here! Take it! ’Cause you’re gonna need it. Most guys around here won’t get it on without one, and the ones that will, you don’t wanna. Trust me. Don’t go around leaving it up to them to decide either. You know that if they gotta think about it, it ought a tell you something right there and then. And if it comes down to them not wearing one to do a date, then just walk away, ’cause it’s just not worth the risk. You don’t gotta be a rocket scientist to figure that out. So, think of this little package as your ‘American Express Gold Card,’ and don’t leave home without it. Besides, with all the shit that’s going round these days, you better use that condom. You hear me! Now first thing tomorrow, you go buy your own. You got that?”
Melinda nodded her head.
“Good! I’m almost afraid to ask, but you do know how to use one, right?”
Melinda looked at her with a blank expression.
“Well, never mind, you’ll figure it out. Just remember, ‘one size fits all’, no matter what anybody tells you. Now the other thing you gotta remember, is whatever you do, don’t get the guy upset with you! Never write a check with your mouth, that your ass ain’t prepared to cash. If it starts getting a little heavy, and you can’t cool the guy out, just let him do what ever he wants, ’cause it ain’t worth getting killed over. Nothing is. Just get yourself the hell outta there and count yourself lucky, ’cause it could’a been a lot worse. And another thing you gotta remember is, when you get him up to the room or wherever, make sure you ‘get the money first!’ Before you do anything. I don’t care what the deal is, always ask for the money up front! No exceptions. If he says he’s gonna pay you after, he probably won’t. The other thing you gotta do is, talk to them. They like that. If you don’t talk to them and you just lie there, they probably ain’t gonna pick you up again next time they see you standing out on the corner in the rain. Besides, if you just lie there and do nothing, it just takes longer. So, you might as well do it as fast as you can and get it over with. And always remember to treat them nice. If you treat them nice, they’ll probably gonna treat you nice. It’s a good way to get regulars. I look at it as steady money and it ain’t as dangerous, ’cause you sorta already know the guy. But you still gotta be careful. ’Cause sometimes they can get attached to you. And they start getting jealous and start thinking that they own you. And you gotta watch what you say to them, too. ’Cause sometimes they end up finding out things about you, that you don’t really want them to know. Then it starts getting personal. You don’t need that, ’cause it’s just too hard to take. And pretty soon it stops being just a job. And that’s it! End of lesson! Got any questions?”
Melinda shook her head.
“...Angel...?” began Melinda, hesitating.
“What? I thought you didn’t have any questions.”
“I don’t. It’s just that I wanted to ask you something?”
“Aren’t you scared?”
“What’s there to be scared of?”
“Nothing I guess,” Melinda said, under her breath.
“Don’t worry.” Angel replied almost confidently. “Just tell yourself that nothing’s gonna happen and you’ll be fine.”
“So, how did you learn all this?”
“I didn’t. I’m just making it up as I’m going along.