WIP: Custom

The only English on the sign above the door said, Abeth Xiu: Universal Finery. The Mandarin below was more expressive: custom clothing for any personal style. In the lighted window, yards of pearlescent fabric the color of eggshell draped gracefully off of one impossibly tall and thin mannequin. Beside it, its grotesquely bulky counterpart stood […]

DRUG OVERDOSE

The ice in my glass had long since melted, but I took a sip of lukewarm water anyway and quietly wished it were something stronger. “You can always spot the one who’s lying,” Beth had said to me right before I’d walked out on stage. “He’s the one who sweats the most.” Great advice from […]

Scratching the Itch

I could feel my heart jump in my chest when the door to 714 banged closed behind me. My palms felt slick and every breath felt deliberate, intentional. The lights inside were already on, and jasmine and rose hung in the air. I pulled the creased envelope from my pocket and slid the keycard back […]

Only Human

As I pushed my chair back away from my desk, my boss strode out of his office and up to my cubicle wall. Quite unnecessarily, Steven rapped lightly on the top of the office divider. “Got a minute, Rhee?” His voice was casual, but the smile on his face was clearly strained, the corners of […]

Rule Number One

Sarah stood just inside the door, obviously waiting for me when I got home. “You’re late.” The words were out of her as soon as I stepped inside, her banded tail sweeping from side to side. She didn’t sound angry, but she clearly wasn’t pleased. The words stopped me in my tracks, one paw on […]