• Prudence

    Prudence: Chapter 6a

    Amber is unsure where her Long Island Iced Tea has gone. She holds the glass in her hand, but there can be only a sip left in it. The room sways around her. She should’ve stopped when she began feeling tipsy one drink ago. That was the sign she usually would’ve observed. But she is enjoying the freedom, if not the recklessness, of drinking. She has never been senselessly drunk before, so has no frame of reference for how this will unfold, or how she’ll regret it in the morning. Opposite her, Gabriella continues to prattle on, just as she has since they got in here. Amber doesn’t mind. Gabriella’s…

  • Prudence

    Prudence: Chapter 5e

    Dante drifts into the Red Lounge, his phone pressed to his ear. His call to Flavia doesn’t connect. He checks his phone. It has three bars of reception, so that’s not the problem – at least not on his side. But given all the brick, there must be areas where reception is dubious, which begs the question of where Flavia is. Dante puts his phone away. He’ll try again in five minutes, although he’s already tried three times. He takes a seat at the bar and orders a Bourbon & Coke. The barmaid, Providence, mixes it deftly. Dante stares at her rounded hips, at the size of her breasts. She…