♛ 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? […]

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 […]

the next crazy venture

“What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? – it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.” ― Jack Kerouac, On the Road

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 […]

oo2 ✦ Dangerous Mind ✦

Don’t you think you’ve had enough Do their claws make sores Take my hand and come away “We have with us a fresh face from Seoul, where many of you were from. Make him feel welcome. Please come in, Max.” Stoicly, Max stepped in. He scanned the classroom, his gaze never faltering when his eyes […]

♛ 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 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 II

{Prologue} Pierre, Kim Sarkozy’s 1999 South Korea His last words were: “Do not speak a word of what you saw.” I closed my eyes, unable to shut out the splatter of blood across the chamber; a scarlet sea of power and savagery. No, I couldn’t stay hidden and let this happen. I rose from my […]

Book Review: Happily Ever After

“Everyone’s allowed to be in love with the wrong person at some point. In fact, it’s a mistake not to be.” ― Harriet Evans, Happily Ever After Much like hot chocolate on a rainy Sunday afternoon — which is what the coverpage conjures as an afterthought — was exactly how the book felt in my hands. This […]

marzipan flowers and clove cigarettes

“My eyes were closed and his mouth tasted like marzipan flowers and clove cigarettes, and in ten seconds the whole of my life was wrapped up in that one kiss, that one wish, that one secret that would forever divide my life into two parts. ” ― Sarah Ockler, Twenty Boy Summer