• Prudence

    Prudence: Chapter 4c

    Prince slides two Gallia Lagers across the bar. Boyd and Ox are synchronised as they take them, swivel on their stools, and drink. They could be a pair of street mimes who have rehearsed the routine, although as comical as it is to see, as light-hearted as they can be, there remains that underlying sense of … well, what is it exactly about them? I’m unsure, although I have known them and watched them since they first appeared. The crowd parts to reveal Constance emerging, regal and beautiful. She pauses before them, security’s presence keeping a tight perimeter around her. Boyd and Ox lift their Gallia Lagers in salute. Ox…

  • Prudence

    Prudence: Chapter 3c

    Teo leaves the gaming room and performs a patrol, which he does every forty-five minutes, unless he’s otherwise occupied with Constance. It’s rare that there’s trouble, but he feels the potential simmers here greater than anywhere else he’s worked. It’s in the gaming rooms, the way people compete, and the way talent like Noah and Patricia are put up as meat; it’s on the dance floor, where the energy is combative; it’s on the patio, where people retreat to gawk and gossip and – sometimes, when the risk takes them – to fornicate. For now, though, everybody is in sync. The collective is a single pulsating lifeform. Teo nods to…