Always by Nicola Griffith

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They all were, which surprised me. I’d expected two or three dropouts. Today no rings glinted, no earrings dangled, no chains apart from the crucifix around Pauletta’s neck. But there were two pairs of wicked heels under the bench. Everyone wore pants and a tank top or a short-sleeved T-shirt, except Sandra. It wouldn’t surprise me to find she had a lot of long-sleeved shirts in her wardrobe. Kim’s fingernails were maroon today, and still long. ” General nodding, a few movements towards bags or coats.

Now peck the center of your palm. ” They did, over and over. ” “Like popping gum,” Kim said admiringly. ” Jennifer flung both hands away from her. ” “I’m not sure,” Therese said, troubled. “I could do it, no problem,” said Suze. ” I considered them. “Self-defense isn’t magic,” I said. “In any kind of real fight, unless you cold-cock someone from behind with a pipe, you will get hurt. No matter how good you are, things go wrong. Adjust to that now: nothing goes to plan, ever. You’ll get hurt, and you’ll have to hurt them.

He also wore glasses, and the self-conscious frown I’d seen people adopt when they feel uncertain but want to look authoritative. In half a dozen places there were easels with placards that declared: feral: a finkel and rusen production. Underneath, in hand lettering: ladyhawke meets dark angel! Everyone wore jeans or khakis or cutoffs. Several were very young, too young A L W A Y S 37 to drink, but only the one I’d tagged earlier was still obviously school age. No one looked remotely like a star.

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