• Prudence

    Prudence: Chapter 8d

    It’s the heat that hits Dante first. It’s been hot and stuffy all night, but now it’s thick enough in the air that it makes it hard to breathe. He closes his hand tighter around Patricia’s; it’s become so sweaty that he feels it could slip right out. ‘Take a look at that,’ he says, gesturing with a thrust of his chin. Wisps of smoke undulate across the hallway ceiling. ‘Fire?’ Patricia says. Dante shrugs, but that’s the likeliest possibility. They navigate through hallways intersecting the private rooms. The doors to the private rooms are flung wide open and they appear empty. Dante peeks in several as they pass: they…

  • Prudence

    Prudence: Chapter 8c

    Flavia peers through each portal as she heads down the hallway. Sexual activity abounds in every room: one on ones, threesomes, gangbangs, orgies, bondage, and things she can’t possibly reconcile – extremes that most wouldn’t entertain, even as fantasies. She recoils, horrified, but cannot stop herself. It becomes an addiction to see what comes next. She wonders who all these people are. Do they all come from upstairs? Or is there another way in here? Or – and she tries to shut this thought out the moment it begins to enter – do they abide down here, souls lost in the torment of their own desires? The sight in the…