The Shark Bit EP. 3 tracks
An elegiacomo exclusive, xoxo is a short sequel of sorts to my novel Red Trick, a book I wrote in 2007 that finally found publication February 2012. Consider it a catch-up session with the book’s main character MC Red Trick (aka Freddy) at the age of 26.
xoxo (seven years later)
Buster Keaton is blacked up in paint, on the run from the long truncheon of the law. He ducks round a corner, losing the fat flatfoot who then bumps into a black handyman walking down the street. Freddy can already feel the two guys from work shift uncomfortably on the bunk bed apparatus they’re sharing, so decides to laugh so everyone can feel fine, where really he would have smiled and shaken his head. He looks up at the busy glass floor above, and almost gets an upskirt view right above where he’s sitting.
The following is a deleted scene from my debut novel Red Trick. I can see why space reasons necessitated a cut, but I still think it’s a nice little vignette.
2AM. An Asian language carries down the stairs as Trick spirals up. It comes from a doorway in his corridor ajar, a group of 10 or so men and women inside, mostly smoking, most on the floor tucked into sleeping bags, sitting up. They hush and glance as he walks past, someone who’s seen something he shouldn’t have. Lot of noise always came from that door after sunrise, then again in the evening, suspicions now confirmed though no-one knew everything there was to know.
The first and last words of my first novel, Red Trick