♛ Scarlet Carousel | oo4

{Installation} – [oo4] You trust us to find her? Your trust is cheap. February 2017 South Korea “Here, this is the source of our system’s hijack, Mr Yamaguchi.” The aforementioned ran his eyes across the network protocol and address. “A one-man operation?” “Indeed. Helluva a genius this one is. Shall I get rid of him? […]

HOW DO I

HOW DO I How do I sleep with voices in my head – telling me what to do, what to say, who to love in a torrential rain of unspoken words, this cascade of love misplaced from desired keepers whose intentions long expired; all memories are deadweight. How do I sleep with footsteps in my […]

♛ SCARLET CAROUSEL | OO3

{Installation} – [oo3] Life would be an endgame if we knew it all. February 2017 South Korea Even Las Vegas was in boycott of his calls. Pierre consciously fights the urge to crush the identical twin of his own cellphone in his palm. Calls to his Nagasaki hometown, directed to the comrade who had handed […]

Writing Prompt: Mint

Describe the taste of mint, without using the words blue, green, cool or fresh. No, you can’t use “minty” either. — Sarah Selecky You place it gently at the tip of your tongue, slowly wrapping it in a fold, delivering it into the moist cave between your lips as you clench your teeth shut. You […]

oo4 ✦ Dangerous Mind ✦

The kids today are gone away petitioning the dust Just misfit melancholy dregs gone lost in the mall Wanderers to nowhere at all It was never in Max’s honest intentions to fall asleep with his head in Devynn’s lap. It was never in his expectations that she would stay to watch him fall asleep. She […]

oo3 ✦ Dangerous Mind ✦

In so many ways we live to follow the sun In so many ways we exalt and fail as one In so many ways we want so bad to be done “Now be a good boy, Max, hold on to this white bag. Wait at that junction for a man in a black trenchcoat. You […]

oo1 ✦ Dangerous Mind ✦

The night is long – shadows grow on my wall I’m calling out but no one’s home; Cause paranoia is the only friend I know Street lamps dimmed promptly at midnight, signalling the witching hours. A rented motorbike cruised along the Kan-Etsu expressway at a speed enough to give the common man a heart attack. […]

♛ Scarlet Carousel | oo2

{Installation} – [oo2] Noemie Matsumoto is accustomed to getting what she wants. A girl with a purpose. February 2017 South Korea “Noemie is late! I tried dialling her cellphone but it’s been going straight to voicemail.” “I wouldn’t be too worried. Knowing Noemie, she’s possibly hooked up with some fella on her way to Miller’s.” […]

♛ Scarlet Carousel | oo1

{Installation} – [oo1] …he rolls the strange word around his tongue, “Home.” To a vagabond, the concept of belonging constantly emerges as an entirely new sensation. January 2017 South Korea Jae cruises down Myeongdong alley, slows down only to briefly admire a pair of attractive well-heeled legs that were thinly veiled by sheer hosiery, elegantly […]

♛ Scarlet Carousel | Prologue V

{Prologue} Noemie Matsumoto’s 2017, South Korea When Noemie first laid eyes upon his handsomely flawed face, her heart squeezed with unexplained intrigue. Everything about him screamed perfection, right down to his seeming lack of passion for love, lust and women, which was totally atypical considering his type. Usually, a once-over was Noemie required to have […]

♛ Scarlet Carousel | Prologue IV

{Prologue} Eiji Saito’s 1999 Fukushima Sunshine boy!  Back home in Fukushima, the old lady with the limp at the convenience store welcomed her favourite elementary school boy with a daily tube of chocolate mint candies. Before her passing, Eiji crossed the street twice a day just to say hello and accepted her gifts with great […]

♛ Scarlet Carousel | Prologue III

{Prologue} Jae (Song Jae Won)’s 1999 South Korea They wouldn’t let me out. When I finally shoved past the barricade of arms, and barreled out of the bedroom into Dad’s chamber where the loud noises echoed, I had to cough hard to clear my lungs. Clouds of smoke in the air were far too viscous to […]

♛ Scarlet Carousel | Prologue

{Prologue} Reina Yamaguchi’s 1999 Nagoya To most children, the boogeyman and clowns were stuff of nightmares. But she had long associated fear with the sickly sweet scent of candy floss, and vibrant colours. In the nebula of her subconscious, colours haunted her dreams and taunted her waking hours. When she allowed herself to close her […]