Where They Keep Their Promises
By B. Pladek
I imagine you eating the chocolate bar.
It will arrive tomorrow, I hope, though the war has disrupted the medrunners’ routes between Chicago and London. It will arrive, though. I promise.
I imagine you unwrapping it, double-checking the forged postmark from your old orphanage, the forged note that says only happy birthday, since I never learned your real name. You’ll guess it’s chocolate, though it’s so expensive you’ve never tasted it before. Only copywrit people can afford chocolate.
The thought gives me pause. You believe I’m copywrit now, and I’m the only person who has ever bought you sweets. If you guess the bar is from me, you might throw it away.
Promise me, Fi. Promise me you’ll eat it.
I look up, away from the cartel’s sleek chemlab, and out over the Chicago skyline, hazy with sunset.
How dare you, you might reply if you were here. How dare you make me promise you anything. (Continue Reading…)