Skins

By Deborah Walker

Fox and rabbit, chinchilla and mink. Each city brings Lily new skins. Daddy McGee wants Lily, and payment isn’t payment when it’s a gift. That lie sits nicely in Daddy’s head, pushing out thoughts of deals gone sour, hooch harsh enough to blind, dead men cooling under frozen lakes. Bootlegging ain’t too clean. All Daddy wants is to unpeel Lily’s luscious fur to find what is cold and silk, and speaks easy to his soul.

Until one day, the fur doesn’t come off, no matter how hard Daddy tugs. And Lily takes her payment. And Lily’s payment ain’t no lie.

 

Bio: Find Deborah in the British Museum trawling the past for future inspiration or on her blog: http://deborahwalkersbibliography.blogspot.co.uk/

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