• Prudence

    Prudence: Chapter 4d

    Constance’s intake of breath is a sharp hiss. She and Teo study the array of screens in her office, their attention fixed on the screen displaying what is designated Gaming Room 7: Patricia – in nothing but her tiny g-string – sinks ball after ball. The guys in the room groan. Patricia pockets the black ball. There is no fuss about her victory. Some of the guys quit the room – there’s only half as many as were in there when Joy played Patricia. Unceremoniously, Patricia draws another ticket from her hat and calls out the number. No response. Whoever owned the raffle ticket is long gone. As is the…

  • 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…