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May 20, 2020

Reading the Room by Aeryn Rudel. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Aeryn Rudel.


"You take him off the floor, Pete?" Jesse asked.

Howard cleared his throat. "Yeah, Jesse, like I said--"

Jesse turned and glared at Howard. "I'm talking to Pete." The owner of the Lucky Load closed his mouth with a wet snap.

"I did, Mr. Deacon," Pete replied.

"What was he doing?"

"Playing poker. Winning."

"Anything unusual?"

Pete cocked his head. It reminded Jesse of a cobra or a praying mantis just before it strikes. "People were upset, nervous."

"Nervous how?"

"They didn't like how he was winning," Pete said. "He made bad bets, against the odds, but won anyway."

Jesse grinned. That actually confirmed some of his suspicions. "He's a little spooky, ain't he?"


Aeryn Rudel is a freelance writer from Seattle, Washington. He is the author of the Acts of War novels published by Privateer Press, and his short fiction has appeared in The ArcanistThe Molotov Cocktail, and Pseudopod, among others. Aeryn is a notorious dinosaur nerd, a baseball fanatic, and knows far more about swords than is healthy or socially acceptable. He occasionally offers dubious advice on the subjects of writing and rejection (mostly rejection) at or Twitter @Aeryn_Rudel.


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