SERIAL: BLACKTOP, PART 1 - OUTSIDE DETROIT
Today, we begin a new serial by Ruzkin: itinerant Australian novelist, designer and Parkour teacher. It's an expansion of an earlier Flashfic he did for us, and as such, we've re-printed the original story here, as part one of the ongoing serial. Ruzkin's terse, muscular prose and sparse but vivid imagery made the original short one of my favourites from the site - I'm really looking forward to watching him expand this world and these characters. Part doomed romance, part post-apocalypse road movie, Blacktop is sure to be one hell of a ride. The original image for this series is 'Silhouette' by Chazz Layne.
Sometimes we held hands as we walked, her little palm slippery in mine. Sometimes she sang. Mostly it was quiet, the only sound the buzzing of fat flies tickling at your ears and nostrils. You could hear the cars hours away. More than enough time to get off the road, crouch low behind a bush, pull out the binoculars. Try and pick friend from enemy ...READ MORE