I first visited Willi’s while researching ‘Vintage’, my racy novel about the wine world. The poster that attracted my attention back then was Lyu Hanabusa’s delectable nude.
Jonas Bergstrom’s girl in the glass in a very worthy successor, highlighting as it does the sensuality of the grape. It inspired me to write this little tale.
A very short story by Olivia Darling
He’s in trouble. She is not the kind of girl who sits at a bar on her own. She would never accept a drink from a stranger. She hates to be the centre of unwanted attention. Though she’s hoping he’ll notice her new dress.
But he’s late. It’s half an hour since he said he’d be there. And it’s not the first time. The bubbles in her sparkling water have gone flat. The barman brings back the wine list and now she orders a glass of champagne. If he doesn’t turn up at all, she’ll celebrate not having wasted even more of her evening.
He arrives as the glass is being poured. He orders another to make a matching pair. She’s unimpressed by his excuses and the conversation sinks back into silence.
All around other people seem to be having a better time. He’s got to rescue this somehow. There’s a poster hanging on the wall behind her. A sketch of a woman. The lines of her body echo the wine glass she’s sitting in. She looks back over her shoulder. Is that disdain on her face? Or a dare?
‘In that new dress,’ he tells his disappointed darling. ‘You could be the model for that poster.’
She curls her lip at him. Her bottom isn’t like that, she says.
‘But it’s not just the bottom,’ he says. ‘That makes me think of you. It’s the way she’s sitting. She’s feline. She’s confident. She’s chic.’
Disappointed darling angles herself towards him.
‘She’s the essence of femininity,’ he blunders on. ‘In just a few lines. Those dangerous curves.’
Her champagne glass is empty now. He signals for the barman.
Disappointed darling says, ‘I’ll stay for just one more.