Saturday night, six o’clock on the nose. Emma turns on the radio—her favorite show, her favorite station, always a Frank Sinatra number at the top of the playlist. She relishes the element of surprise, the musical finesse it takes to segue from torch songs to golden oldies that render her a teenager sunning on the beach. Nobody used sunblock back then. Sunburn let you know summer had arrived. Noxzema got you through the pain . . .
It took the bulky female bouncer all of five seconds to find the stash in Sallie’s bra: “Now, what’s this, love? Next time keep it in your knickers.”
Damn it—now she’d have to try to score inside . . .
Are you ready? Here’s a bottle of water, just a sip will do. What’s that? Oh yes, my name of course, how rude of me. Well, that’s actually an interesting question, I have a few. There’s Edward, or Molly. Or Mandy. Me, I like Mandy—because I came and I gave without taking! Sorry, bad joke. Though somewhat true. It’s nice to finally meet you. Of course, you want to know more about me . . .
Featured: Black Interest
- The Baker’s Son: My Life in Business
- The Book of Harlan
- A Tall History of Sugar
- We Matter: Athletes and Activism
- New-Generation African Poets: A Chapbook Box Set (Tatu)
- The Angels’ Share
- She’s Gone
- A River Called Time
- Revolutionary Threads: Rastafari, Social Justice, and Cooperative Economics
- The Darkest Hearts
- Jesus Boy