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“It’s a secret.” At this response, he rubbed his neck in frustration, which made her giggle even harder.
“Like your red string theory?”
“It’s not a ‘red string theory’, silly. It’s ‘the red string of destiny.’”
“Whatever. Are you ever going to tell me what it is?”
The Red String, Chapter 5, The Good Boy
Shu Rui’s house is not far. There are no sidewalks, but the streets are wide. They’re filled with people because everyone comes home for the fifteen-day celebration of Chinese New Year. It’s The Year of the Tiger, 1998.
I was born in 1989, The Year of the Snake. Everyone says that’s why I talk so much. Grandma always tells me,
“Child, you were born under a sign of wisdom. Remember, wisdom is attained by three methods: first, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third, by experience, which is the bitterest.“
Happy Valentine’s Day! Here I am, lurking outside the fanciest-shmanciest restaurant in the heart of downtown Cosmopolis, watching couple after couple celebrate their possibly fake, possibly genuine, possibly dutiful, or possibly delusional love over candlelight and a bottle of wine.
Tigress, a short story by D. Marie Prokop
“Because you wasted so much time on me, you made me feel very important.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Le Petit Prince
Over the moon for Over the Rhine!
Alyssa doesn’t eat lunch. Instead, she uses the time to show off her latest shopping spree finds or text voraciously. One text by Alyssa could ruin you socially for the rest of your high school career—and maybe your life. You could say Alyssa ate people for lunch.
On The Outward Appearance by D. Marie Prokop
“What are you talking about? Who’s coming?”
“I can’t tell you. But they want the Guardian. Bad. I tried to get her attention, tried to get her to come to The New Remnant. Why didn’t she come? I did a terrible thing, Li. Now I can’t sleep without hearing his cries. “
The Red Knot, Chapter 6, The Dream-Come-True
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