Family Snapshots

Dance loves it when he’s asked about cooking from the old country. He drags Drin to Korean grocery stores and shows him bottles of peculiar pickles and bins of even odder vegetables, he offers charming translations of the hangeul on labels. Likewise, he asks Drin for translations of Spanish labels, …

Long Day

“Dog, stop it–” Emma says, flinging things down on the chairs and sofa, controlling the dog one-handed until Drin calls the furry tornado away. While he occupies the beast’s attention, she eases her arm out of the straps of a heavy cloth shopping bag–it is full of books–and pauses for …

In Vino Violent Veritas

“I know, I know, I said bring along your little Korean boyfriend,” says Smithers Popwell, aka Kane, the bartender with tats. It’s true that he sends problem vets to get help, calling up people like Drin, rather than report them to cops. Kane has told him that Dance shows all …

Sins of Omission

“Okay, what’s the big deal? What’s in the papers?” Emma demands. She and Amalia are sitting on the couch together, both of them looking sharp and annoyed. Which means worried. The mention of teslamomma emailing Emma, months before, has brought them both here, in spite of other demands and schedules …

Epitaph

Emma has bad dreams of her own–being abandoned, waking up in a hospital ER after being beat up, with no memory of the last month, and a purse emptied of everything useful. The nurses found teslamomma’s phone numbers were the only current numbers in the ragged, muddied address book kicked …

Auren Han’s gun

He’s hardly the first guy at a concert with a jacket tailored to carry concealed, and you’d never thought you might have a gun fetish. You know, these things just happen– you see a beautiful man in the backstage crowd, you catch a flash of something metal and precise when …