• Prudence

    Prudence: Chapter 3b

    Holly and Amber push their way through countless bodies generating an effluvia of perfumes and colognes, sweat, and alcohol. A young lothario leers at Holly. ‘Dance, baby?’ he asks and swivels his hips. ‘Maybe later,’ Holly tells him. ‘How much later?’ ‘Never.’ Holly grabs Amber’s hand and forages on. The crowd cluster around the balustrade that perimeters the dance floor. There are lots more people than when they first arrived. Holly and Amber detour, and seek respite in a small pocket of emptiness. ‘Can you see her?’ Amber says. People crowd around them and trap them. Holly’s reminded of the hotel room with the execs from the bar, their bodies…

  • Prudence

    Prudence: Chapter 3a

    Flavia hurries from the upper floor and down to the bar. Edan LeBeau is just leaving. She pursues him, silently rehearsing how she’ll introduce herself. In her mind, she sounds glib and confident. She would be with anybody else. But with Edan LeBeau, Flavia knows rehearsal won’t necessarily reconcile with execution. LeBeau doesn’t so much weave his way through the crowd, but projects himself, so that people bustle out of his path. Flavia trails him, and at one point almost gets close enough that she starts to reach out to tap him on the shoulder. But he is accosted by a blonde in a tight pink dress that barely contains…