• Prudence

    Prudence: Chapter 5d

    The restaurant is small and cosy, the décor dull earth tones – the walls brown, the carpet tan, the tablecloths beige. Candelabras – actual antique crystal candelabras with candles – hang from the ceiling, casting flickering shadows across the floor. The mood is subdued, with even the music from the lounges muffled, as the restaurant is mostly soundproofed. There are not many here presently – there rarely are. Although the restaurant is (or can be) first class with both the menu and the service, the few people who come here want something fast and quick. The exceptions are the romances, couples staring lovingly into one another’s eyes, investing in the…

  • 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…