• Prudence

    Prudence: Chapter 3f

    Rupe downs his martini and plants it dramatically on the bar. He pushes his way onto the dance floor. Joy writhes her hips while her dance partner runs his face down her chest. ‘May I cut in?’ Rupe asks. Joy’s dance partner towers over Rupe. He is a hulk – not just physically, but in the menace of his presence. This is bully who is accustomed to getting everything he wants. I suspect in the world outside, he is a violent criminal lieutenant, or a ruthless corporate demagogue – they amount to one and the same. Tinkling with laughter, Joy puts her hands on Rupe’s shoulders. ‘Hey!’ her dance partner…

  • 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…