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Flash Fiction: The New Girl

AUTHOR'S NOTE: Another Vince story today. Be sure to drop by Three Word Wednesday and Weekend Writer's Retreat for more fun.

Fausto darted his eyes toward the girl arranging her gear on the floor. In hushed tones he asked, "Why'd Vince bring her on?"

Ozone shrugged. "Seems capable enough. I guess we'll find out for sure tonight."

"That's not what I meant."

"It was also a favor to his sister. She's a friend of Sara's."

Fausto rolled his eyes and indicated with a jerk of his chin that Ozone should follow him. Once they were far enough away in the cavernous old warehouse, he said, "Come on, you know what I'm talking about. Gitana."

"What about her?"

"She's going to be pissed Vince brought another girl here, no matter how demure she's acting."

"Just because she's a girl doesn't mean Vince plans to sleep with her."

Fausto grinned. "Right. Like he hasn't had something going on with every girl he's ever brought into this gang? Tell me another. This one will be lucky if Gitana doesn't cut her throat in her sleep."

Ozone gave a sly smile. "I have a feeling she can look out for herself."

"Around someone as volatile as Gitana? I'm telling you, she's worse than she ever was; hot one minute, cold the next, getting offended over every little thing..."

"It's not really our problem, is it?" Ozone shoved his hands in his pockets. "I mean, Vince makes the rules, and if he wants this new girl on our team, then that's how it'll be."

Fausto sighed and leaned against the wall. "Yeah. I just wish I understood how he thinks. He's really smart when it comes to negotiating deals for us, like the other night where we got thirty percent on a lousy marijuana handoff. But when it comes to women..."

"Some guys are just like that, man."

"And what does it mean for us? We're the ones that have to live with the chaos."

"It's not like you don't have options," Ozone reminded him.

"What, you mean join someone else?" Fausto fixed him with a look. "I worked for three other groups before I met up with Vince. He's the only guy I know who doesn't cut a guy's share just because he feels like being a jerk."

"So quit complaining about the girl, then." Ozone gave a little twitch of his shoulders and headed back toward the main sleeping area. "Besides, I don't get the feeling she'll be here long."

Fausto tagged after him. "But in the meantime..."

Ozone grinned. "Yeah. Cat fight. Can't say the boss doesn't provide us with entertainment."

For more stories about Vince and his gang, go here.


Thom Gabrukiewicz said...

From Gitana's reaction, I kind of got the feeling that she may be with child, but can that happen in this in this world? I can't recall. But, again, you've demonstrated your knack for great storytelling with detail and spot-on dialogue.

September 16, 2010 at 8:41 AM
K said...

Well Ann, this does sound like a great set up for all kinds of drama. The dialogue is fluid and the three words disappeared. As always, this was well written and fun to read.

September 16, 2010 at 6:11 PM
Jay R. Thurston said...

You have a knack for edgy characters in all your story settings... their demeanor and interaction both very believable. The dialogue makes it an entertaining piece to follow.

September 16, 2010 at 8:01 PM
Alice Audrey said...

Ok, now I want to know all kinds of stuff. What makes this girl special? Will she really go just because Vince already has a main squeeze? What if Vince really doesn't have designs on her?

More, please.

September 17, 2010 at 12:44 AM
ms pie said...

all i know is i hope she kicks gitanaz a**... cat fights there's gotta more to a gang than watchin girls kicking up dirt!!... musta been a great story... yeah, yeah, i'd say so... came to the end before i was ready... great read ann... a small gesture

September 19, 2010 at 5:39 PM
Susan Helene Gottfried said...

This does set us up for an awful lot -- and that's my problem. I feel like this isn't a fully-contained piece and now I'm dying to know what happens when the two women (girls?) meet.

No fair. I hate being left hanging like this.

September 25, 2010 at 5:32 PM
Thomma Lyn said...

Heh! Cat fight, cat fight! *whew* -- excellent piece, and your dialogue absolutely cracks along. :)

September 30, 2010 at 9:01 PM

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