DAY 22 OF 30: BRADY GOLDEN
22. Brady Golden presents “Neon Showgirl”
21. Darren O. Godfrey presents “Discovery of Blanks”
20. Zoe Kaplan presents “The Test”
19. Colin Leonard presents “The Burning Heart”
18. David Afsharirad presents “just keep walking”
17. William Meikle presents “Gateway to Oblivion”
16. Valya Dudycz Lupescu presents “The Tooth Butcher”
15. Gene O’Neill presents “Ring Rust”
14. H. Pueyo presents “Death Republic”
13. Scotty Milder presents “Giant and Child: A Fugue”
12. Lucy Taylor presents “If You Touch Me, I Can Cry”
11. Terry Dowling presents “The Key to Mabella”
10. Christi Nogle presents “The Apartment”
9. Baba Jide Low presents “Pretties / Serpent”
8. Kristi Petersen Schoonover presents “February Thaw”
7. Bentley Little presents “In the Valley”
6. Rex Burrows presents “Skandalopetra”
5. Alex Woodroe presents “Abandon”
4. Cody Goodfellow presents “Hand of Glory”
3. Natalia Theodoridou presents “The Mouth”
2. Jo Kaplan presents “Her. House.”
1. Michael Harris Cohen presents “Never Better”
In “Neon Showgirl,” a bar owner witnesses murder by a “representative” of the new pharmaceuticals laboratory.
She went to the porthole-style window in the door and peered out. Through it, she couldn’t see much, so she pulled the door open. Across the gravel lot, the two cars were parked side by side. Ginny strained to listen. Faintly, she thought she heard something that could have been a foot sliding in gravel, or maybe something bigger.
Keep your head down and your nose out of other people’s business. The easiest way to find trouble is to go looking for it. More words of wisdom from Richie. Maybe some he should have listened to himself.
She could lock up, head out the back door to her truck, and call it a night. Whatever was going on with the journalist and whoever had come to see him was not her business. She could keep her head down.
Instead, she switched on the outdoor lights. Giselle Deschamps flared to life, illuminating everything from the bar’s door to the road . . .
—Neon Showgirl by BRADY GOLDEN
ABOUT: BRADY GOLDEN
Brady Golden lives in Oakland, California, with his wife, crossword constructor Juliana Tringali Golden. His short fiction has appeared in a variety of anthologies and journals. On Twitter, he is @bradiation.
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