1. “Before you leave,” he asked, dismissing them before they had time to object, “would you mind turning out the lights?”
2. Even the best of them can’t do more than blink while piloting, laid back in military couches designed to cradle them for hours. Tess is an aberration, a fluke, and carries out aerial battles over lunch and casual conversation.
3. Children only go bad when you aren’t watching, her mother said time and time again– so when her own children were born she carpeted the house with eyes and they grew up good, but terrified.
4. Artists cannot exist without patrons and there’s an frantic war for attention each time the spring subsidies roll around.
5. She doesn’t need the scanner to know they’re gone; the flames are too high, too bright, and the shadows have long since stopped moving.