Charles Brian Orner
SOSTENUTO - A Novel
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Lillian

Lillian

She might have betrayed nothing at all if he hadn’t already set her off, and that was a strange bit of good fortune. But visions of rough and unwelcome mergers deep under the library had followed him up the stairs like there’s not supposed to be an odd number larger than one, and sure, everybody loves a nice ass, but nobody in this town cares if you’re smart except maybe Dr. Akin and the Army recruiters, and everybody knows they both prefer something other than ovulating women. Damaged goods is the one way she’s like everybody else around here. It’s no wonder she wears her hair short.