• Prudence

    Prudence: Epilogue

    When Holly walks in, she is amazed how I seem truer than I was before – the fire has eviscerated the façade, and what remains is the character. Others don’t feel it. But she does, although she is not sure what to make of it. A flood of emotions overwhelms her – memories of that fateful night, what happened to her, and what she tried to do. It has been six months – six months in which many deliberated what would be done with me. Some argued I should be knocked down. Others insisted I was an institution and such treatment was sacrilegious. The debate raged back and forth, but…

  • Prudence

    Prudence: Chapter 9b

    Dante sits in the middle of the road, knees folded up to his chest. His hands –red and blistered, burns scarred into the flesh – shake. Police have already spoken to him and commended him, as have firefighters. He is a hero. But when he closes his eyes, he thinks not of the fire, nor of how he could’ve died, or of the lives he helped saved, but of Flavia. She sits at the back of an ambulance, a blanket draped around her shoulders as a paramedic examines her. She is not hurt. Dante knows that. At worst, she is miffed. That is a good word for Flavia; life miffs…