It’ll only take a few minutes to read, but Scarlett Algee’s tale will stay in your head long after you take it in. Beware of mysterious women with unique tattoos!
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Sleight of Hand
by Scarlett R. Algee
Almost always, the first thing I hear is Nice tattoo, though it’s usually followed by a qualifier like sick or kind of creepy.
Tonight, though, this guy at the bar’s question is, Did it hurt, putting it on your hand like that?
I don’t answer right away; I just shake my head and smile a little and drink my G&T. Of course it had hurt, but not in the way he’s imagining. I smooth my hair, carefully keeping the right side of my face covered so he doesn’t see the smooth divot that used to be my right eye. Not as much as you’d think.
He nods absently; he’s halfway through a pitcher of some beer I don’t know the name of, and his words are soft-edged when he starts, Does it match your real eyes?…
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