• Prudence

    Prudence: Chapter 5e

    Dante drifts into the Red Lounge, his phone pressed to his ear. His call to Flavia doesn’t connect. He checks his phone. It has three bars of reception, so that’s not the problem – at least not on his side. But given all the brick, there must be areas where reception is dubious, which begs the question of where Flavia is. Dante puts his phone away. He’ll try again in five minutes, although he’s already tried three times. He takes a seat at the bar and orders a Bourbon & Coke. The barmaid, Providence, mixes it deftly. Dante stares at her rounded hips, at the size of her breasts. She…

  • Prudence

    Prudence: Chapter 5d

    The restaurant is small and cosy, the décor dull earth tones – the walls brown, the carpet tan, the tablecloths beige. Candelabras – actual antique crystal candelabras with candles – hang from the ceiling, casting flickering shadows across the floor.…

  • Prudence

    Prudence: Chapter 5c

    Boyd and Ox no longer drink with the abandon of earlier. Their eyes flit nervously among passers-by and their conversation is hardly as glib, although if somebody were to overhear them they would think it as meaningless as ever. ‘That…