a reminder to my family and friends with wild imaginations: this is FICTION
She didn’t think about Dick as often as she used to, which struck Madeline as remarkable.
But when she did think of him, she often thought of his…boomerang.
She had long heard the giggles and rumors from the mutual friends who ultimately introduced the two of them. They saw each other every day for two weeks after the evening of their meeting, their words becoming so much chicken scratch, background noise, to a deepening enchanted spell that took hold of them both. Still, in their demure newness, she took the first shower – separately – then waited while he took his. When the sound of the running water ceased, Madeline was unable to wait a second longer.
She opened the bathroom door to an entirely pink-tiled world heavy with steam. Dick pulled back the shower curtain, wiping the water from his eyes, and opened his arms to her.
When she pulled back from their embrace and took his hand to lead him to her bed, there it was. Her eyes widened. “It’s my boomerang,” Dick said.
“Because it always comes back to you? No matter where it’s been?” she said.
Dick laughed. “No. Because that’s what I call it.”
The dazzling sun of the summer afternoon dimmed to dusk and then to dark before Madeline and Dick uttered their next words. “So. Boomerang. Pleased to make your acquaintance.”
Dick laughed and kissed her on the temple. “It got broken.”
“Oh, stop. That’s not possible.”
“Obviously it is. Possible.”
It was many years before the internet. Many years before Madeline was able to type the words “broken penis” into the google search bar and get the following from the Mayo Clinic website:
Is it possible to fracture your penis?
Answers from Landon Trost, M.D.
Yes. Although rare, penis fracture can occur when there is trauma to an erect penis.
During an erection, the penis is engorged with blood. If an engorged penis is bent suddenly or forcefully, the trauma can rupture the lining of one of the two cylinders in the penis (corpus cavernosum) responsible for erections — resulting in a penis fracture. The trauma most often occurs after accidental injury during intercourse, but can also occur due to aggressive masturbation or taqaandan, a cultural practice in which the top of an erect penis is forcefully bent.
A penis fracture is a painful injury. Signs might include a cracking sound, immediate loss of the erection, or the development of dark bruising of the penis due to blood escaping the cylinder. Sometimes the tube that drains urine from the body (urethra) is damaged as well, and blood might be visible at the urinary opening of the penis.
A penis fracture requires urgent medical attention. The injury can usually be diagnosed with a physical exam, and prompt surgical repair is typically recommended.
Left untreated, a penis fracture might result in deformity of the penis or the permanent inability to get or keep an erection firm enough for sex (erectile dysfunction).
At the time, however, Madeline only knew what she had seen. And experienced.
“Does it hurt?” she asked. “Do I need to worry about hurting you?”
“Not at all,” he said.
She giggled, then said, “I’m sorry to laugh. You broke your penis!”
“It wasn’t so funny when it happened. It hurt like a mother. And I heard it break.”
“You’re kidding?!” Madeline said. “What in the world happened?!” Dick took a breath in preparation to answer, but Madeline took her index finger and held it to his lips. “No, wait. Don’t tell me. No history. Not right now. Just this moment. Just the two of us. And Boomerang.”