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15 dollars & 61 cents

Julia sits down at her kitchen table with a bowl of pasta. She has been googling the word ‘tutu’ all day. She is still wearing the green polyester slip she wore to bed the night before. She has been alone. It is now evening. Her eyes look a little milky.

It’s on craigslist that Julia see’s an ad for a sugar daddy. Julia reads it over and over again. She has been out of work for nearly three months and at this point has only 15 dollars in her wallett and 61 cents in her bank account.

The ad read:

35 yo, Attractive (So I’ve Been Told ;-), Busy, Executive Finance Professional Seeking An Attractive Female To Be Taken Care Of In Exchange For Weekly Or Bi-Monthly Encounters. Employed In Midtown And Reside On The UES. My Busy Work Schedule Has Made A Conventional Relationship Improbable, Thus A Mutually Beneficial Arrangement Seems Ideal. Available Weeknights And Some Weekends. Generous Compensation And Benefits. Ideal For College Students. Seeking One Companion. Please Be D/D Free As I Am. Lets Talk/Meet For A Drink To Discuss The Details. Please Provide A Description And Photos For Consideration – Looking Forward To Hearing From You.

‘Tutu,’ Julia thinks as she reads the ad.

Kendra Grant Malone lives in New York and is a filmmaker. She has been published in Zygote In My Coffee, Pineapplewar, Literary Tonic, We ♥ Four Things and Robot Melon. She has published an e-book, Love Your Friends And Not Your Lovers, on Bore Parade and is regularly DRUNK.

First published in 3:AM Magazine: Saturday, July 12th, 2008.