By Daniel Braum
Read by Ben Phillips
Alexa shuffles on the dance floor with the seven others we’re traveling with. Her long black hair is coated in sweat and Costa Rican grime. She smiles and for a moment I can believe she is carefree, despite all our running and fear.
She keeps her distance from a short Indian man who is spinning in circles with his arms extended and eyes closed. A big, almost toothless grin spreads on his wrinkled old face. He’s definitely had a few shots of guaro too many.
I picked up the seven others between here and San Antonio to bring us to nine. Makes us easier to mask. Harder to scrye. Now we look like just a bunch of nobodies heading to the gap, leisurely. Not in a beeline. Nothing that will call attention to our pursuers.
About the Author
Daniel Braum is the author of the short story collections Night Marchers and Other Strange Tales (Cemetery Dance 2016) and The Wish Mechanics: Stories of the Strange and Fantastic (Independent Legions Publishing 2017) His short stories have appeared in publications including several appearances in Cemetery Dance Magazine and anthologies including The Beauty of Death 2 and Nightscripts 3. He is the host of the Night Time Logic reading series in New York. Visit him at bloodandstardust.wordpress.com.
About the Narrator
Ben Phillips is a programmer and musician living in New Orleans. He was a chief editor of Pseudopod from 2006-2010.