Title: The Last Flight to Nowhere
Author: Juxian Tang
Fandom: One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
Disclaimer: The movie belongs to Warner Brothers and the characters belong to
Ken Kesey and no copyrights are infringed here.
Spoilers: You mean the story can spoil the movie for you. No way! :-)
Summary: Jesus... I can never think of a good summary. What the hell happens
here? Well, they talk, then they fuck - what else do you want from a slash
THE LAST FLIGHT TO NOWHERE
He thinks about it. From his second or third night in the ward - when he
wakes up abruptly after merely half an hour of sleep with the familiar
sucking ache in his bottom belly. And as he lies in the darkness, gently sliding
his hard palm around the head of his little soldier, there are the thoughts
coming to his mind. He doesn't really like to make love with his right hand...
better than nothing, of course - and just think about those poor loonies who
have their wrists chained for the night. Isn't it what can really drive you
It might have been better on the farm, he thinks - in this aspect, at least.
There were things happening there, everybody knew. He was not too much into
this shit - but sometimes a man just doesn't have a choice. Not that he ever
put someone down - he doesn't do it: forcing himself on someone - but he used
to arrange his things in the right way and he always could get what he wanted
and to make it mutually... beneficial.
But here... Well, he can't press on these crazy sons of bitch - and they
certainly won't go over their head for a pack of cigarettes to please him.
Yet the thought about Harding groveling to get a cock into his mouth makes
McMurphy chuckle and move his hand over the smooth tender-skinned shaft a little
Harding and Ches and Scanlon are all old mules. He isn't sure he would
want to shove his precious stick into their sappy mouths. I mean you have
to be desperate to go for any of them, R. P. McMurphy.
Any? Not quite true and he knows it. From the moment when his thoughts
take this playful turn, the idea is somewhere in the back of his mind, behind
the image of pathetic Harding or any other inmate on their knees. McMurphy
just isn't sure he wants to drag this thought out. Only it is too late. There
is one ass he wouldn't mind driving his cock in - and it certainly does not
belong to Hard-On or to Cheswick.
Billy... Oops. He has known it would be like this. That's why he's tried
to keep it at bay. Something in him protests against the cruel proximity of
this thought and he frowns - but at the same time his hand starts flying along
the shaft with the mute intensity that is stronger than anything else before.
He is not in control of the images that flood his mind now - no more than any
man would be in this state. If it were not the ward... if it were the prison
work farm... And a kid like this there. It would create endless possibilities
after the light went off. For a moment, for this short spell of time when his
cock rules his mind, McMurphy likes to imagine it - and that's how he shoots
in his palm with a short gasp, his hand filled with the wet warm fluid.
He slides out of the bed soundlessly and tiptoes to the tub room to wash
it off. His face in the unflattering electric light is hard and old, the dark
bristles shadow the lines of his face and make it sharper - but his eyes are
still slightly drunk with the relief. Ain't you damn stupid, R. P.? When
did ya jerk off thinkin' about a boy? Don't you have enough chicks to occupy
your mind when you play with yourself?
Yeah chicks. The point is he can hardly remember the face of his last girl-friend
- and the only "chick" he sees here is this white-dressed bitch
behind the glass that can emasculate a guy with her stare. He is not that
desperate to fantasize about her - or about that little fucked-up assistant
that catches the words right from the Nurse's mouth. So why not? Thinking about
the kid is better than that - or better than wanking mechanically with his
mind somewhere else. And soon McMurphy already knows the track of his
fantasies and stops fighting them. What one doesn't know doesn't hurt him -
and Billy will certainly never know.
But it is still not so easy when the kid is around - and come on, he is almost
always around, as if stuck with him, casting these short stares of impossible
blue and then looking away quickly as if his eyes can reveal something
unforgivable about him.
Sometimes McMurphy wishes he didn't notice these things. As he used not
to. Well, he knows a nice ass when he sees it - and who doesn't? But he never
looks more than at it. Somehow with the kid it is different. Too many details
sticking with him for his unwelcome night fantasies - Billy's thin wrists flashing
the ugly pattern of white scars on their insides. The way the blue vein flutters
on his neck when he tenses under the Nurse's merciless gaze. The long strands
of curly hair he pulls over his eyes - hiding behind them, the same as he
hides behind the chain with the cross on his neck. He wonders how it is to
attempt suicide again and again for someone who apparently believes in God.
An illogical question - and why, after all, should he ask it, should he think
about it at all? What does it have to do with how cute Billy's ass is - and
even that is not McMurphy's concern. He will never have it all the same.
Not because it is so impossible - not even because it is too risky and
there is no way to keep the kid silent if the things go wrong. But exactly
because of all these things he knows now. The way Billy wraps his arms around
his skinny body, all curling inside himself - the look of a trapped animal in
his eyes whenever Ratched addresses to him - even the way how he makes
McMurphy's short name a polysyllabic one when stammering.
But when he tries to vote for watching baseball and they all let him down,
his mood changes. Traitors! Oh boy is he pissed off. All of them traitors.
Well, he expected Harding to shy away - after all, the guy wouldn't recognize
a good game even if it bit his nose. Perhaps Sefeld. But others? Billy? The
kid used to devour him with his eyes! So, how could he be so wrong about him?
It is not the World Cup that really matters, it is the realization of his
failure that smarts most.
He broods over it - how they made him suck in front of the fuckin'
Nurse-cunt. And when he tries to raise the wash station, he does it also
because he needs to do it - to let out some of his anger or it will burst him
apart. Not that it wouldn't be nice to throw this shitty piece of marble to
the window and get out - but he kind of knows he won't be able to do it. He
dares them to bet for it, building more hatred inside himself at their greed
- and seethes inwardly when Harding jumps at the opportunity to get some of
his money back.
With the corner of his eye he sees Billy hugging himself as usual, building
his arms around himself higher and higher, burying his face in the crook of
his elbow until only his nose and eyes stay outside but under the cover of the
long fringe, too. The look in his blue eyes is scared and miserable. Why? He
is not threatened with anything. But somehow McMurphy can read it. The kid
feels awkward - for him. Sure that he would lose. Ashamed.
Should be ashamed! Oh fuck. McMurphy feels that there is something soft in
him that reacts almost involuntarily to what Billy does to himself - but he
hardens his heart quickly. The kid doesn't deserve his care - no more than
any of them does. And with this hatred in him he attacks the station.
It doesn't move.
"But I tried, didn't I? God damn it, at least I did that."
Pain and strain serve good for him - but there is something of this anger
left in his tendons - lingering like a hangover. And as he lies in his bed,
he feels the intoxicating fury seeping through his body, concentrating equally
in two fireballs in his forehead and between his thighs. His palms are too
numb and tender when he tries to caress his cock - and he really doesn't want
to do it again like this.
He is angry. They betrayed him - why does he have to be Mr. Nice Guy with
them? Especially with Billy.
He slips out of the bed soundlessly, making no more noise in the darkness
than a big gracious feline would make, sliding around the ward. One of his
hands, warmed up and firm, lies down on the kid's shoulder - the other one
barely touches his mouth to prevent him from making noise if he decides to do
The kid's eyes flash dark - and still blue. McMurphy tightens both his palms
holding him down and nods his head towards the tub room silently. Is it the
moonlight or does he really see a short sparkle of joy in Billy's eyes? What
does he think? Does he know that McMurphy is angry? He must have known.
Billy nods carefully against the hand on his mouth and then McMurphy lets
him go. The kid follows him, quietly enough, pulling the t-shirt on himself. Come
on, son, you won't need this.
He closes the door neatly and packs the slit under it with a towel not to
let the light out, then stands up and turns back. The kid sits on the fuckin'
station, blinking his slightly puffy eyes and wrapping himself into his arms
again - but this time it is probably from cold. McMurphy reads the curiosity
in his eyes and sees how he looks up and down quickly and his mouth twitches
and McMurphy knows it means he wants to say something and weighs if it is
worth going through the unavoidable agony of squeezing the words out.
He suddenly thinks very piercingly that he should have left the light off
- then he wouldn't have had to look at it. He wouldn't let himself feel this
soft place inside his heart again. So soft that it probably clashes with the
hard pole rising the front of his underpants.
Too late now.
"Care for a cigarette?"
Billy nods emphatically. He almost always does, even though not to the
point of getting up and smoke at night.
"T-they would smell the smoke."
The thrill in his voice fights the fear. Stupid kid. How well he filters
what can be allowed and what not - what can stand for a minor forgivable
offence and when he should crawl inside himself in front of the Nurse and his
mother. They trained him well. They probably encourage his smoking because it
lets him be a rebel in something very small.
For some reason McMurphy feels his fists rolling in the balls. Painful -
the skin on his palms is cracked and impossibly tender - and he relaxes
consciously. Why does he care? It is not what he has brought the kid here
"No way. Turkle ain't gonna smell it even we set the whole place on
He catches the kid's smile, far more generous than the joke deserves - and
one of those scared checking looks again. Yes, he feels guilt. He knows he let
So what? Are you going to push on it to make him bend over for you? You
can do it, R. P. You know you can.
The heaviness in his groin is so urgent that he just needs to rub it, at least
with his own palm - and he can't do it when the kid stares at him all the
time. They smoke in silence and he suddenly feels disgusted with the whole
situation. Do it! Either do it - or bring him back to the bedroom, man. And
go for Harding - he would be delighted, you bet.
He moves around the room seemingly aimlessly. There is a strange silence
there, broken occasionally with a short chuckle from Billy as he catches
McMurphy's eyes. The air seems to be thick and he knows it is thick with his
arousal; he can smell it and it drives him almost insane. He stops at last at
the wash station, his hand resting on the cool marble just in an inch from
Billy's ass. His arm is outstretched along the kid's side - and he senses
very sharply the wave of heat that comes from this thin body.
"T-they didn't have to bet with you. You could have harmed yourself,"
the kid stammers. Wrong! No harm done yet. The thought is so fierce that for
a moment it seems to him that he says it aloud - and he doubts again when he
sees Billy's long lashes fly up and down. And at the next moment the kid slides
down from the station.
Is there the intention to leave in what he does? McMurphy's arm almost
circles him, the awkward position when the kid turns out to be pressed
between the marble bulk and McMurphy's body. Just inches between his narrow
abdomen and McMurphy's hot straining erection. It seems he can feel their
energies mix at this point. So close. So painfully needed.
And yet he knows with the perfect certainty that if Billy tries to leave
he will let him. No matter how his body screams to do otherwise. He can't play
these games. A little power exchange, a little coercion that can be taken as
a foreplay - just as in his fantasies - but he can't do it. His body is still
like a string - and the flame between his thighs is still sweet and painful
and craves for release - but he can't.
Billy doesn't move. Doesn't make his way past him, not even shifts a little.
Perfectly still and burning hot and so bony and these blue eyes are so close
and McMurphy sees him open his mouth and shut it again nervously but when he
does speak it is still a surprise.
"D-do you w-want to kiss me?"
At first he doesn't believe that he really hears it. He shouldn't have
tried to raise the station - has he something done with himself that he hallucinates?
The damn piece of marble. He pierces his eyes into Billy's, trying to read
something behind this flashing blinding blueness - but the stumbling voice
still sounds in his head - and the kid doesn't look away, though clearly
forcing himself to look.
"Y-you heard. Is it w-what you've brought me here for?"
Shit. He can't believe his ears. The kid... What does he know about it?
What can he know? And again it is as if he says it aloud because Billy shows
his widely spaced teeth in a short awkward grin but when he speaks there is
some strange serenity in his voice:
"I can be c-crazy, M-Mac, but I am not an idiot."
His eyes slide over McMurphy's body, downwards slowly, until stop almost
obscenely against the demonstrative erection poking against the thin cloth of
McMurphy flushes suddenly. His arm drops and he makes a step back, giving
Billy the space that he doesn't demand. The kid doesn't move. There is the
same desperate courage in his eyes and McMurphy doesn't know what he wants
more - to stop seeing it or to believe at last that it is true. And the knowledge
that the things can be that easy - isn't it intoxicating? It could have made
him feel going high but something prevents him from that, something jaded and
heavy in his chest that feels almost like disappointment.
What do you wait for? Take it. Or turn away and go and jerk off in the
comparative privacy that the blanket in the common bedroom can give you. What
do you prefer, R. P.?
But he doesn't move and suddenly Billy's eyelids flop down and he
whispers, his stammering worse than usual:
"I c-can do it for you... The things to make you f-feel g-good..."
And there is this long-fingered hand, trembling slightly, the sight of the
fingernails bitten almost to the roots so familiar - reaching to his crotch. It
is what you want - what you yearn - what you beg for! Don't you, R. P.?
He would want to shake this hand off. If he had a little less of self-control.
But he feels something very unbreakable in himself - like the marble of this
wash station that can kill anyone who tries to fight it - but there is
certainly the man or the moment when it gives in. He takes the narrow wrist
in the ring of his fingers and stops it from moving. He doesn't want to hurt
- he just stops it.
There is something quivering in Billy's face again - it is not that his
features get distorted, it is something far subtler, maybe, how his eyelashes
tremble not hiding the dark blue of his eyes or his lips are on the verge of
starting to form the words that will never come off without stumbling. Then
he doesn't say anything at all and just licks his lips withered with his
He might appear cool but he isn't.
"I didn't know you're into it," McMurphy says cruelly. There are
more brutal formulae in his mind, like "I didn't know that you are
queer" or "I didn't know that you are a cocksucker" but even
though his anger at being cheated - the kid seemed innocent - and turned out
not to be - demands the outlet, he still can't be as sharp as he would like
to be. Not when this bony wrist burns through his palm, struggling in short
jerks to get out of his grip and then stilling like a scared animal.
He sees with contentment how Billy's face goes pale and pink and pale
again and the hand wiggles more but he holds it firmly and mercilessly.
"So, you can make me feel good? You think it is so easy?"
There is a tearing inhale that makes Billy's chest flutter and then he
starts saying something and stops and starts again and this time finishes half-successfully:
"I th-thought it was what you wanted, M-Mac."
And you are right, kid, you are damn right! That's the thing.
This poking rod between his legs urges him to stop it, so, he continues
"And when did you become a pro? You don't look like that at all."
"I... I am not a..." his head is drooping. His free arm flies up
and when it turns out that there is no place for it to squeeze between their
bodies to make the most vulnerable armor around him, Billy's eyes become as
trapped as they get in the worst moments of the group sessions.
McMurphy feels a small pang of shame at what he does. How could it come to
this? He had never thought he would want to hurt the kid. It must be his
brains, totally cooked on the flame of his hard-on, that made him do it.
"B-but I know what to do. IL was taught."
The words have so little voice in them that McMurphy almost catches them
as the sigh on his face than hears them. And then the realization descends on
He freezes so abruptly that even his breath seems to stop. In a moment his
hand is gone from the thin wrist and even though he's seemed to control his
hold, he still can see the red marks of his fingers against the pale skin.
Then he grabs Billy's shoulders and shakes him.
"Who did you do it to? Who did it to you?"
The intensity of his own emotion startles and scares him but all too late
to stop it. Going wrong. Wrong and he can't prevent it - but his hands on the
bony shoulders tighten and he shakes the kid and he glares into the huge blue
eyes on this narrow waif-ish face.
"Who was it?"
No, it is not possible. Not with his mother apparently watching every his
step, not in the family like his - he is not a street kid that could get in
trouble and nobody would know about it, nobody would care. The things like
that just don't happen with them clean boys.
And yet he looks in Billy's upturned face as if he can dig out the answer
with his eyes.
Yes, it must be this. What else?
And at once after the word is said:
"But he didn't do it."
Letting him go. Almost pushing him away - a step back. And Billy starts
folding as if a marionette doll with the strings cut off. Slides on the floor
with his knees up and his arms around them. The tangle of ashy fringe over
the eyes that seem to look somewhere inside - or very outside, into the past.
"She said: "Did he touch you? I know he did. Tell them that he
did, don't make your mommy cry. I just want good for you, Billy." She
was angry with him, you see... because he was all over that bar girl and he
didn't grovel when she caught him. She told me to say that he did it to me...
held me and kissed me and touched me there and made me touch... his cock.
They asked the questions about it and she taught me what to answer, she...
showed me what I would have to do... as if he told me to do it. She said she
would get ill if I didn't let her protect me. She said I was the only
happiness of her life... that she only wanted me to be safe... happy..."
The voice trails away, the long vowels and stammering consonants dying in
the quiet room - and suddenly McMurphy can hear how water drips slowly
somewhere, not even in the room - maybe, under the marble station.
"Did they believe you?" for some reason it is difficult to say
it out. Is there a phantom presenting there, in the tub room only with two of
them? The man who had married a short stocky woman with fierce blue eyes, Billy's
mother - the strong heavy man with bristles on his chin and the easy turn of
broad shoulders - who then fell in love with a girl in the night bar. And for
some reason it suddenly seems to McMurphy that he sees his own ghost there.
"I... I was good... C-convincing. Where else could I know these
Billy's face is titled up, not hidden for once, and there is a small
crooked smile on it, the corner of the mouth dances but still the smile
doesn't go away.
"I t-tried so h-hard. I didn't want her to get ill. And she said she
would die if I let her down. And do you know?" it sounds almost like a
question and McMurphy feels bound to shake his head. "I t-think after a
while she herself started believing that I was... abused."
McMurphy chuckles. Nervous reaction. His thoughts make a weird twist
suddenly. Perhaps he might have met this man in his journey around prisons.
He would never know. He would never look back at him. Maybe, only if he
wanted to jam his cock to someone's mouth - and whose mouth would suit better
for that than the child's molester's?
Suddenly he wants to ask something cruel again, like: "So, you made
her happy?" but he doesn't. There is no much contact with reality in Billy's
eyes - and he asks another thing:
"How many years did he get?"
Billy shakes his head. The moment of openness is over. He wraps himself
into his arms again, his face buried between the sharp knees and McMurphy
presses his back to the wall very tiredly. Going wrong. He thought everything
was going wrong. So, how would you call it now, R. P.?
"H-he used to take me fishing," Billy says suddenly and his
voice is almost dreamy, no trace of hysterics in it. "He was the only
one who ever took me somewhere."
Okay. Okay. Suddenly McMurphy feels so tired that he would like to slide
down against the wall, too - imitating the pose of the kid on the floor - all
angles and twisted limbs - but he resists it. No, he is not broken. He is
strong. Perhaps strong enough for two of them.
"But why..." a sudden thought strikes him. "If they believe
you were abused - why doesn't the Nurse talk about it ever? I mean she lives
to pull our nerves out."
"She did," Billy answers quietly and there is the familiar
despair behind the serenity. "Oh they all did. All the time. Until I did
He moves subtly and this time his hand doesn't tremble as he pulls down
the string of his pajama pants slightly - and in the flash of pale skin under
his t-shirt McMurphy sees the short ugly dent of a fresh scar - still pink,
maybe, only months old.
"I did it with the scissors," Billy says and there is a trace of
weird pride in his voice. Must have been blunt scissors. Must have been deep.
McMurphy muses that he didn't see it before, even in the swimming pool, it
was low enough to be always covered. "B-but I didn't want to die. I know
what to do if I want to die, I know how to do things... I just wanted them to
Billy lets the string go and the strip of flesh disappears under the
misshapen clothes. For some reason McMurphy feels sorry about it. Was the
sight erotic? He wouldn't say so, except that probably everything is
turning-on for him now, adding to the slow burn in his bottom belly that
isn't soothed even with the burn of sadness in his mind. Then he realizes
that there has been a moment when he's felt as if something pushed him in his
back - to come up and kneel in front of the kid, his eyes on the same level
with Billy's eyes - and touch him, touch him there, put his palm on this scar
on his belly - warm it up. And it wouldn't be wrong.
But he doesn't move.
"I think it was the last time when someone touched me - when they held
me down," Billy says with another one of his self-conscious smiles - and
McMurphy winces with the pain it causes in his heart. "T-they only touch
me when they need to stop me. Maybe, I sometimes do it so that they touch
me," a short dry laughter, light and unhappy. "But how can I want
them to touch me? I am a danger for anyone who does it. With what it can cost
them - no wonder people won't do it... are afraid..."
Oh shit. You don't really need to listen to that, R. P. You just wanted
a good fuck, that's all. Not a big deal. It isn't worth... that.
But he doesn't leave. No matter how easy it is - and with the way Billy
speaks there are plenty of pauses that can be taken as the end of
conversation. And he feels as if the back of his head is squeezed into the
vice - the cruel pain that urges him to raise his hand and check. He probably
strained too much... He waves his head trying to shake this pain out and
Don't do it, R. P. The things are already bad. Don't get yourself
trapped. It is not going to be an easy fuck. You know it. You know.
"I ain't afraid of nothing, son."
His words fall into the emptiness, regretted at once, and for these
moments of silence he hopes that they will mean nothing, that Billy will just
let them hang. Then Billy slides up against the water station slowly, his
body unfolding, the slim wrists crossed tentatively in front of him as if he
is torn between pulling and pushing. He presses to the marble block, his face
is tilted up and turned to McMurphy. He doesn't look away any more - and then
he puts his hands behind his back. No more protection at all.
"I know you are n-not," he whispers, only stuttering once, and
then going on. "You are soL alive. I need to be alive, too."
He makes a step, soft and fluid, all awkwardness gone from it, and reaches
his hand to McMurphy's. The grip of thin hot fingers is firm and he takes
McMurphy's hand and presses it to his groin. There is softness and heat and
McMurphy suddenly thinks that he has never touched anyone else's cock
before - except his own. It was always his cock served when he did it to males.
But Billy probably doesn't know the rules - and you know what? - he doesn't
care to explain them now.
"S-so, will you kiss me?"
"I am not a big way on kisses..."
"C-s-selia... kissed me," he says quickly before their lips
touch. And meld. Billy's lips are thin, so fine that he seems to bruise them
with his mouth - but he can't stop it. And he knows Billy doesn't want him to
stop - these little sounds, slightly louder than a puppy's whimpering would
be - he knows what they mean. The kid's narrow body is like a string in the
circle of his arms, not trembling but vibrating, thrown back in trust to the
unfailing support of McMurphy's arms. And he trails his lips along the arch
of Billy's neck - and it turns out to be easy, this kissing. So easy that it
makes them both laugh and he feels as Billy's throat flutters with this laughter
and it is much more satisfying that to see the beating of pulse on his neck
when he tries to hide inside himself and has nowhere to run.
Their bottom bellies are close, grinding against each other - and after a
few moments they are not frozen on the spot any more - but both move in the
kind of dance - Billy's t-shirt goes off - and his rib-cage, every bone so clearly
outlined under the thin skin, pressed to McMurphy's broad chest and he can
feel the drumming of the kid's heart against his ribs, feelings as it speeds
up when he presses Billy against the drawers and starts blindly shuffling
through them. He knows what he looks for - they both know.
At last the can is here, he grasps it and handles Billy to the free space
in the middle of the room, using his other hand to throw the towels on the floor.
They lie crumpled but at least they are warm and he lowers Billy on them. The
kid's body is a perfect arch drawing towards him, not willing to break the
contact even for a minute. His fingers get suddenly very strong, capturing
McMurphy's hand, mauling it, the corner of the towel between their palms,
getting wet but they are too clinched in the touch to let it go.
He hears the kid sob when his fingers slide to the silkiness of his pubic
hair. It is warm and moist there and the lid of the can rattle on the floor
and then McMurphy buries his two fingers inside the kid and feels his warmth
and softness envelop him. He sees Billy's teeth draw into his lower lip in
pain and his eyes become misted, milk-blue, not flashing-bright for once. But
although his breath is torn, he smiles - a little bloody smile but happy.
"M-Mac... Mac," he says clearly.
Then he hooks his fingers into McMurphy's shoulders and clings to him as long
as it goes. He closes his eyes but McMurphy leaves his open - to read this
face - and he has learned to read it - as it changes from the struggle with
pain to flushing, to the eyes moving swiftly under the translucent eyelids as
if he is dreaming. Billy tosses his head back and the moist locks of ashy
hair fall back leaving his face totally open.
He comes still looking at this face and there is no thought in his mind
that it used to be a woman's face he could look at in the moments like this.
Everything is as it has to be and better and he sighs once, twice -
contentedly, his muscles twitching in the demand of relaxation. Then Billy
continues to grid against his softening cock, his lips curved in expectation.
He lies down his hand on the silk and hardness of the kid's cock and feels as
it pushes in his palm, faster and wilder - and he has to use his other hand
to cover Billy's mouth when he comes to stop his cry.
The towels are a mess under them - they will have to do one hell of cleaning
for the bitch not to know anything, he thinks with amusement. He feels warm
in the chilly tub room. His face is buried against the thin collarbone - and
then suddenly he feels the slight fingers dance on the nape of his neck -
more eloquent than their owner can ever be - and he can read what they say.
Thank you. Even if it is a question who has given something.
Then he hears the soft whisper and it says something very different.
"I will not betray you, M-Mac. Never. I'd better die."
It takes more time for them to start moving - hell, they would have fallen
asleep just like this - and McMurphy tries to bring them into their senses
spraying some cold water around the room. The kid jumps up like a scared cat
and tries to cover himself but then he relaxes and starts laughing, too, and
McMurphy hushes him.
And then he stops with the hose in his hand, his eyes still on giggling
Billy, and the smile slowly crawls off of his face. The kid is happy. Just
because of some phantom love, the ghost of caring - from someone who doesn't
turn him down.
So, R. P.? He suddenly understands how deep it gets into him - to
see the kid laugh like this - how much it matters. And it scares him to know
how much he can do to see it again.
And when he takes them to the holiday instead of breaking out from there -
he knows why he does it. He watches Billy making the awkward pass on Candy
with the mixed feeling of joy, amusement and jealousy - and that's when the
tight knot in his soul of the wrong he has done starts untwining.
Later at night he doesn't pretend being asleep any more as he had been
doing all these nights knowing Billy watching him from his bed. He takes the
kid to the tub room and then Billy says, a flash of shy smile and then this
questioning look again:
"She i-is beautiful. I know you d-don't want me any more, Mac."
It is so easy to grasp the opportunity the kid gives to him - to make his
way out - and still he can't.
"I do, Billy, I do. Just not today... I am tired."
Not today, son. Not ever. He knows it. Whatever else but not that.
It just costs too much - to care - and Randall Patrick McMurphy cannot afford
it. The things like this- they can kill him and he wants to live and get out
and have fun with his life.
He doesn't know that it is already too late.