• Prudence

    Prudence: Chapter 8b

    Holly’s rage is the anchor that keeps her rooted to the floor. She should flee – crawl out on hands and knees if necessary. All the other patrons have fled. That’s what you do in dangerous situations: it’s fight or flight, and nearly everybody has wisely taken the flight option. That means she wants to fight. That option firms in her head, but then grows ablaze. She doesn’t just want to fight. She wants to destroy. She wants to see Mr Hermes razed to ashes, and here is an opportunity: two gunmen and this aging blonde. Holly should be frightened, but she is eerily calm, and able to survey the…

  • Prudence

    Prudence: Chapter 8a

    Security march Constance, Boyd, and Ox from the Gallery. The space that Boyd and Ox’s fighting occupied has already filled, erasing all trace of what happened. It will become a novelty to most – a story to recount with friends. This is people: they adapt so quickly and unthinkingly as a reflex. It’s only when they’re tested that they so commonly find an impasse. Constance races through ideas about how to reach Teo. He is so close she can feel the warmth of his body, yet he has never been so cold. Perhaps she is unable to find a recourse because it’s been so long since she’s had to struggle…