The gambler says:—Tell them I came, but no-one answered. Entranced, as the gambler is ever, by the lovely mathematics in softest lighting, the ballet of numbers, the chemin-de-fer, the vingt-et-un. Good evening, enchanté that you could join us tonight, When he enters, M’sieu, your usual. Rum and stunning fractured ice placed at the elbow, AContinue reading “Casino”

The 24 Deaths of MH – part 24

Many years after these events, the Wife of the Pathologist was looking through some effects, as they were called, which she had just discovered in a garage, and her eye fell on some old papers (paper it was, old-style) covered with the distinctive handwriting of her long-dead husband, Which caused her a little hiccup andContinue reading “The 24 Deaths of MH – part 24”

The 24 Deaths of MH – part 23

To flesh out the scene, within the last month MH was known to have separated from — or divested himself of — a woman friend of tolerable long-standing. One of a line, deferrable, deniable, 100% professional in their function. Although most would reply that he wasn’t the sort to pine — this, the public imageContinue reading “The 24 Deaths of MH – part 23”

The 24 Deaths of MH – part 22

She is being a witch/fortuneteller, with a cotton bedsheet as a shawl, and dangling anatomies, fanfare of pubic area, making revelation at odds with the coyness, the necessary coyness, of her predictions. At odds with the obscenity, as it would be, if exhibited to other than her lover. A humid night, so that sleep wasContinue reading “The 24 Deaths of MH – part 22”

The 24 Deaths of MH – part 21

He has been kidnapped; his captors are demanding a ransom. Due to certain lifestyle choices he has made over the last few years, people are not falling over themselves to come up with the money. It’s as simple as that. Failures in the policing of his gated community, failures of Apparently he has no moneyContinue reading “The 24 Deaths of MH – part 21”

The 24 Deaths of MH – part 20

The presumed fidelity of a Truth, as against the presumed infidelity of a Lie, is a curious criss-cross. A Lie could well be the more faithful of the alternatives. Could confirm the world-view and provide security in that way, diminish anxiety levels and increase well-being He decides to deceive her, and puts out that heContinue reading “The 24 Deaths of MH – part 20”

The 24 Deaths of MH – part 19

—I met the strangest Journalist, she just wouldn’t take no for an answer. The squish of bosom against chestbone. The filling up of the vision. As if, in the thump of perfume and blatant arrival, The change in my life could only be beautiful. —Was she pretty, is all his Wife ever asks him, asContinue reading “The 24 Deaths of MH – part 19”

The 24 Deaths of MH – part 18

When he spots her, she is hurried, jerky, in her working movements, and her feet in trainers patter, squelch the wet concrete, as if hurry would prevent the threads of evil latching onto her. Threads of evil did seem to be in that particular downtown air. Only because he was seeing her — had discoveredContinue reading “The 24 Deaths of MH – part 18”