NYU Black Renaissance Noire Volume 18 Issue 1 - Winter 2018 - Page 80

l She remembers standing on the sidewalk surrounded by coats. Fur coats. Wool coats. The smell of leather from long, quilted coats. The fringe-end of scarves tingling her head like the heavy-dancing flop-things she’d seen at the car wash. Black. Brown. CrΓ¨me. Coats. The sound of gloved hands slapping each other, the deep thick sound of gloves hitting the backs of men’s coats. Clouds of breath. And smoke. And gloves. It was a waist-high world of leather breath and fur touch. A man stood in front of them, his right glove at exactly her eye level. It had a small V cut at the back where a tuft of fur came out. Her daddy must have picked her up on his shoulders, because she remembers looking back behind them and seeing the long line of people they were in. This from above. 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