Nancy Roman

A Tasteless, Yet Gratifying, Tale

Somewhere around my fifth year of college, I rediscovered my shyness.

Inexplicably, I felt thirteen again. Awkward, unattractive, tongue-tied. I stopped dating. I forgot how to flirt.

It was a phase. It lasted ten years.

When I hit thirty, I figured it was time to do more than work and go to school. So I started going out again. One of my coworkers was a very ‘popular’ young  woman. She was beautiful–blonde hair, luscious lips, amazing breasts, long legs. We got along pretty well at work, so when she asked me if I wanted to tag along to the bar one evening, I went.

I hated it, but I kept going, and little by little, I hated it less and less. My friend – let’s call her Marilyn – was a great teacher. She told me that once she sprouted stupendous knockers, boys started coming around, and she never looked back. Now my knockers are completely unstupendous, but I have a nice personality.

We started to go out twice a week.  Somewhere around Year Two, Marilyn got married, but that didn’t slow her down. She lived to flirt.

Watching her, I saw that although sex appeal had a lot to do with a beautiful face and body, confidence and friendliness also played a part. I can be friendly. And while not exactly confident, I relaxed a bit, and a few men responded.

And a funny thing happened. Marilyn got competitive. She could make men pant (okay…so I found out later that’s no so hard), and she began to thrust those big boobies between me and any man who showed interest.

I figured she was going through her own phase.

But sometimes it wasn’t much  fun. She started pointing out my shortcomings to men, and I had quite a few, so she had lots of material.   She just couldn’t share even a fraction of the attention she was so used to.

To be honest, I continued to stay friends with Marilyn out of guilt. Because early on, I had been happy to hang around with her and benefit from the crowd of men she drew. But surely, she could have given me just one of the little fishies she threw back.

And one day we went to the beach.

Marilyn was in her glory. Red bikini, golden hair and golden tan, she basked in more than the sun.

And I sat on my blanket– plain, white-skinned, flat-chested, and I watched her strut. I watched the familiar reaction. For hours.

It’s okay, I told myself, I’ve got a nice novel and it’s a gorgeous day.  But I felt pretty bad.

Towards the end of the afternoon, Marilyn took yet another stroll, to the joy of all the surrounding men.

And on her way back, with her head high and her arms swinging, I saw it.

The telltale little string hanging down from her bikini bottom for all the oglers to ogle.

The Great Equalizer.

I felt much better.


  1. You never cease to amaze me!! Revenge IS sweet, isn’t it?


  2. Freaking awesome!


  3. Oh my goodness…..priceless! Put a huge smile on my face this morning. Ah..sweet revenge.


  4. Oh my! I had a friend that looked fabulous and attracted all the men. I paled in comparison but I did find out we attracted different kinds of men. I, of course, got the less confident ones but most times they were really nice guys. Today she is 67, fairly overweight and her hair thinned incredibly. The wonderful perky boobs are around midthigh. Oh yes, and I have Mr. Wonderful!


    • I spotted ‘Marilyn’ at a street fair last year. Unfortunately, she still looks great. Oh well.


      • Lee

        So do you. Besides, looks aren’t everything. I’ll bet she’s not half as…um…interesting as you are! 🙂


  5. btw, your artwork is fabulous!


    • Thanks, I am having as much fun with the drawings as I am writing the blog.


  6. Hilarious! 🙂


  7. I am so glad I didn’t have coffee in my mouth! Fabulous as always, thanks for brightening my morning.


  8. Brilliant!


  9. My brother-in-law just asked if he could “UNread” this. Too late…. HA!


  10. Karma is awesome.


  11. Love this. Some things are right with this world.


  12. Your drawings are fantastic!


  13. I am gratified on your behalf! Awesome!


  14. ha! could not have imagined a better ending (and i was trying to imagine it halfway through!).


  15. I LOVE payback time. Your post had me in stitches, especially when SHE was STRUNG out. Ha ha ha. I like your ‘model’. Nice sketching.


  16. Gives new meaning to “string bikini”!


  17. Shell



  18. pharphelonus

    Priceless, and your brother in law’s request made it doubly so.


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