• 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 brunette’s panty-less,’ Boyd says He points with the neck of his Gallia at two women who walk past. The brunette is in a tight pink dress that shapes the curves of her buttocks. Her friend is a tall woman wearing a mini skirt. ‘The other one’s wearing a … a …’ Boyd’s eyes narrow speculatively. ‘Am guessing she’s also going commando,’ Ox says. ‘Gotta look out for her on the…

  • Prudence

    Prudence: Chapter 5b

    Constance paces back and forth, pausing only to stare at the array of screens and survey what’s going on while her attention is squandered here. It’s rare for any long-serving employee to betray the trust invested in them. Transgressions usually occur in the first three months, when either the novelty and infamy, or demands and scrutiny, of working here is likeliest to overwhelm them. Constance stops in front of Patricia. Patricia’s eyes are big and dark, her face bereft of all guile. She is like a child who has misbehaved, yet does not understand why she will be punished. ‘If Noah had any hope of finding it in himself to…