I continue to like this series, with its claustrophobic, tawdry feel. Seeing things from Jonny’s point of view, we only once leave his and Charlie’s tiny apartment. He’s working around the clock coding his video game, which will take months to finish, and he can’t afford anyone to help him.
Meanwhile their landlord Reza, a borderline thug who bought Jonny’s debt from his creditors, has moved in, displacing Jonny from the marital bed to enjoy Charlie’s charms. The young couple must suck it up. In the tiny flat, there’s no place to escape, and Jonny must watch as Reza does her.
Charlie doesn’t want to like it, but can’t help liking it. And Jonny doesn’t want to like watching, but can’t help liking watching. The obnoxious Reza is a dominating and powerful lover.
Jonny is working himself half to death, but if he rests, Reza will stay longer and keep banging his wife. He provides luxuries Jonny can’t, deepening his cuck position - good food, cash on hand, nice clothes, rides so Charlie doesn’t have to ride transit. Jonny worries they’ll never go back to the way it was, because Charlie will never be satisfied with what he can give her, in and out of bed. To make it worse, all this is affecting his own performance.
Reza is a jerk, and on the single day containing this story’s action he forces Charlie into more degrading ats that she hates until she doesn’t.
It gets worse, as Reza manipulate events to pressure them further into his debt, with even more opportunity for Charlie to choose Reza over her own husband.
Morrison is, as always, great with the details and visuals, not just of the sex but of the young couple’s meager existence. She even finds fatefulness in the pizza Charlie wants delivered when the two are alone for dinner and it’s just them chilling and watching TV. They were always a Domino’s couple. Now she wants Angelo’s. That’s Reza’s brand! One more stab into Jonny’s miserable and weak heart.
And I just like this for the deftness with which Morrison has created their financial dilemma, and woven that with latent submissive and cuckold tendencies on their respective parts. I often muse that a cuck husband, if he had any balls, would shoot the bull, but a) they live in Canada and b) if they did the couple would lose out on Reza’s ongoing financial support, which they need. Charlie’s maiden name, hilariously, is “Shooter”, but the evil Reza finds a way to neutralize even her American redneck family.
And as bad as it's gotten, it gets even worse at the end for poor Jonny.