Chapter 5 - Bedsitters & JoolsI was on my own on the streets of Richmond. I couldn't sleep on the floors of the other L'Auberge habitues' crashpads forever, so i checked the classifieds and found a bedsitter near Kew Gardens.
A bedsitting room is just as cramped and depressing as it sounds. It's just a backbedroom, usually, with a hotplate for cooking meals. A workingperson's or student's cell. The landlady reluctantly let me rent her room for some exorbitant amount, and then laid down the house rules - and definitely no guests! On my first night several L'Auberge regulars needed a place to sleep, so I let them crash on my floor. How could I refuse after taking advantage of so many other people's hospitality.
The landlady was properly horrified when she knocked on my door late the next morning, and saw a roomful of sleeping hippies. I was given a very stern warning never to let anyone stay over again, which rule I promptly broke the next night when again a number of people didn't feel like sleeping in the park. So I was out.
Danny had just rented a bedsitter across the Richmond Bridge, and I willingly accepted an invitation to crash on his floor. Every dosser in the Richmond area made the scene, and we smoked hash and talked long into the night. I was curled up on the floor with Sophie. I knew she was some celebrity's daughter on the Richmond rock scene. We were both very stoned, and probably a lot more naive than we let on. I was still a virgin, and we just necked a bit and then fell asleep.
I wanted to have another go a little later when we woke up again. Feeling cocky now that I was an experienced man, I climed on top of her, but her pussy wasn't lubricated, and I had to stop. Jools decided to have a shower, and she wrapped herself in Danny's curtain so she could go down the hall to the shared washroom. Sure enough, just as she returned a knock came at the door, and another shocked landlady was confronted with two semi-naked hippies. Of course Danny got turfed out of his bedsitter that night.
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