Big Cats: Stories by Holiday Reinhorn

By Holiday Reinhorn

Big Cats opens with "Charlotte," during which a tender lady with a damaged pelvis spies on her voluptuous neighbor in the course of a protracted, sizzling summer time evening, surroundings the tone of irrepressible interest and craving that's obvious during the assortment.

In "Get clear of Me, David," a financial institution supervisor attempts to beat his haunted earlier as he bargains with the aftermath of a minor earthquake and the physique of a client who died within the foyer. Big Cats pits teenage ladies opposed to one another in an escalating catfight on the zoo the place they paintings, culminating in a blowout in entrance of the lion cage.

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He was a banker who graduated from Kyoto University and never made anybody happy. There they go again, the Americans winding through the garden and back into the hotel. I hitch onto their swaying Chinese dragon and follow them across the lobby and out the front door. I congratulate myself on my impulsiveness. Fumiko and the others are tucked inside their rooms. Ha! If they only knew what I was up to. The men in the group are dressed in Bermuda shorts and polo shirts. They have on sneakers without socks.

You don’t have to bow,” he says. I clear my throat. My heart is thumping. ” I ask nervously. The handsome man nods. ” “The best,” he says. ” “So tell me,” he begins. “What are your talents? Because each of our merrymakers has a specialty and we need to know how to slot you in. I don’t suppose you sky-dive and compose New Age bird calls on a synthesizer? ” What are my talents? I can play the oxygen mask like a trombone. I can say in English, The temperature in Chicago is fiftythree degrees without making any of the American passengers burst out laughing.

Ha! If they only knew what I was up to. The men in the group are dressed in Bermuda shorts and polo shirts. They have on sneakers without socks. The two women wear sleeveless blouses tucked into linen shorts; they have on white Nancy Zafris 25 sandals. Freda carries a large handbag that looks like two prayer rugs sewn together. They stride full-tilt into the first bar they come to. It takes me several minutes to get up my nerve to follow. As I’m about to enter, out they come. Then it’s full tilt into a second bar.

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