Always by Nicola Griffith

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Katherine. “Whichever you’d use to point at something. Now bend it down a little. Tuck the tip of your thumb underneath your index finger’s middle joint. Keep your finger and thumb joined together like that and pretend to tap on someone’s window with it. ” They all had it. “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.

Title. com For Kelley, my queen ONE IF YOU WALK INTO A BAR AND THERE’S A MAN WITH A KNIFE, WHAT DO YOU DO ? Walk out again. If you can. In Atlanta it had been a kitchen, and a woman, and I couldn’t. It’s a five-hour nonstop flight from Atlanta to Seattle. I had slept the first three hours, but I didn’t want to sleep anymore. If you don’t sleep, you don’t dream. I pressed my forehead against the vibrating cabin window and stared down at the Rockies, visible only as winks of snow in the setting sun.

I walked to the bench and removed a packet of handiwipes from my jacket pocket. She flexed her face a few times while I cleaned my hand. “That was . . ” It was an important lesson: shock, the breaking of the social compact, was as difficult to deal with as being hit in the face with a shovel. But we’d go back to that another day. “You could’ve bit her,” Pauletta said to Nina. “I could not, not the place she had her fingers. ” and Therese, who, when she saw me noting her lack of participation, merely raised her eyebrows and held her hands out as if to say Not unless I wash them first, and shook her head.

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