• Prudence

    Prudence: Chapter 3e

    Amber is unsure where to go from the juncture. There are so many archways funnelling off to so many different places. It is folly to assume that she will stumble upon Quinn by accident. Marcus said they were going to have a game of pool, but where are there pool tables here? Why are there pool tables? Like so many others, she struggles to reconcile the pastiche of options. She takes out her phone and sends a text to Quinn, asking where he is. People pass her. Guys look at her appreciatively. Several flirt with her. She retreats to the lobby, where at least it’s quiet enough that she can…

  • 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…