"'I Can't Stop.'" "What?" "You're wondering out loud what song is playing. 'I Can't Stop' by Kazaky. I picked it." "Oh. I did not realize anyone was listening. I am Alice, by the way." Alice hadn't made a mistake in her assumption; the music obscured her own voice to where the only confirmation she was … Continue reading Tarantella
Missing persons Willow Creek Missing persons hotline Willow Creek Dr. Jeong-Espinosa news News missing persons Missing persons search party organization Missing spouse help No matter how she permuted it, each of Jo's search terms took her back to the same horrifically dry government website, http://www.wcpd.sim/missing-persons, on it a curated set of names and pictures, captioned … Continue reading Is this Loss?
"Kendra. What's that fucking thing in the middle of your living room?" Kendra was in the kitchen with her back to Wyatt. But from context, he was likely referring to the seven-fingered poledancing tentacle in the middle of her living room. "I don't know," she said. "Someone dumped it outside the trailer park, and I … Continue reading No Place for a Heroine
(Synopsis: We go hard on a holiday special centered around Jasper's first Winterfest. Shu antagonizes Jo by crashing the J.-E. festivities. Charlie talks about BPD and ants. Set some time aside for this one; I promise it's worth the read.) "Jasper! Look over here!" The youngest Jeong-Espinosa had already made plans to taste the arm … Continue reading Guide Me, North Star
Power couple Char-Jo just got news they're harboring an unplanned, but wanted, Sim fetus. For more information, consult this goofy-ass fish Josephine left the workforce when Charlie became Chief, s.t. her priorities are now coming up with baby names that accurately reflect her priorities/the geography/modern naming trends, etc., finding a place in the stone-susceptible house … Continue reading Charlie & Josephine J.-E.: I Call Shotgun! Pt. II
(Yep; Part I. It's another twofer.) Some men cascade with emotion like water over a cliff. Charlie isn't one of them. Post an adolescence-long conversation with the night sky and people's shoes, an early career spent touching his patients too lightly to the point where the lack of contact became kind of creepy, and a … Continue reading Charlie J.-E./Josephine Liu: I Call Shotgun! Pt. I
Kendra ripped her train ticket into quarters, wondering how many of her foremothers actually wanted to give birth. Her right hand ran out of ticket to destroy and moved to clasp a small wooden box in her pocket. The trip, the box, the morose thoughts; everything began two weeks ago, at Casbah Gallery. All other … Continue reading The Faceless Mother
The last we saw of Charlie, he was chipping away at the remnants of the metaphorical umbilical cord, only to discover it was the belay keeping him from freefalling into polite society. Polite society is dreadful. You have to talk to people you're not related to, and who aren't Cruz, in polite society. You have … Continue reading Charlie J.E.: Charlie in Charge