• 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 5c

    Boyd and Ox no longer drink with the abandon of earlier. Their eyes flit nervously among passers-by and their conversation is hardly as glib, although if somebody were to overhear them they would think it as meaningless as ever. ‘That brunette’s panty-less,’ Boyd says He points with the neck of his Gallia at two women who walk past. The brunette is in a tight pink dress that shapes the curves of her buttocks. Her friend is a tall woman wearing a mini skirt. ‘The other one’s wearing a … a …’ Boyd’s eyes narrow speculatively. ‘Am guessing she’s also going commando,’ Ox says. ‘Gotta look out for her on the…