Gaslight and Fog

Deanna Madden

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Copyright 2016 by Deanna Madden

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There were at least twenty of them as they came around the corner into Petticoat Lane following their tour guide, a man with shaggy grey hair wearing a black lined jacket against the chill night air. They were a hodgepodge of different nationalities, men and women of all ages, docilely trailing behind the guide but chatting with each other as they went. At least one, a reed-thin young woman in high boots and a long brown sweater, was talking on her cell phone and not paying much attention. Before rounding the corner, the guide had warned them that the area was unpredictable, dangerous even, known for low-lifes, pickpockets, and the occasional obstreperous drunk, so they should look sharp and stay close. Sure enough, as the group eddied sluggishly around the corner, a young man with a cigarette clamped between his lips leaned out of a second story window above them and dropped a bottle of cheap wine, which struck the head of a woman in the crowd, knocking her to the pavement unconscious and scattering the others like a flock of frightened birds.

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