• Prudence

    Prudence: Chapter 5b

    Constance paces back and forth, pausing only to stare at the array of screens and survey what’s going on while her attention is squandered here. It’s rare for any long-serving employee to betray the trust invested in them. Transgressions usually occur in the first three months, when either the novelty…

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  • Prudence

    Prudence: Chapter 5a

    Constance leans against the edge of her desk, arms folded across her chest. She has been hostess a long time and remembers many eventful nights. Indeed, she remembers every night in vivid detail, once recalling them with condescension and judgement, then with amusement, and now with a wry disassociation. There…

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  • Prudence

    Prudence: Chapter 4g

    Mr Hermes’s smile brims with malice and condescension and something else – something vile and irreconcilable. Holly had entertained the belief that perhaps his temptations might be altruistic, that he might be some eccentric billionaire interested in helping those trying to find a start in life. But of course that’s…

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