Read by Bruce McDonald
Audio Engineering by Bruce McDonald
Jeff Carlson is the author of the internationally acclaimed sci fi thrillers Plague Year, Plague War, and the upcoming Mind Plague. Foreign rights to the book have sold in Spain, Germany, and Romania. Plague Year has also been released on CD from Recorded Books and as a digital download from Audible.com. Mr. Carlson’s other short fiction credits include sales to Writers of the Future XXIII, Asimov’s, and the recent Fast Forward 2 anthology, as well as several reprints in Hebrew, Turkish, Czech, and Romanian. Audio versions of his stories have also appeared on Escape Pod, Pseudopod, and Starship Sofa. He welcomes correspondence at www.jverse.com, where readers can find free fiction, videos, blog, contests, and more.
No one ever caught me eating hair before — and this dude wasn’t shy. He shouted, “What are you doing!”
I’d just begun styling a natural blonde, a wonderfully plump little thing whose body was all curves. She looked around and I nearly hacked open her jugular.
“Careful.” I palmed my scissors and used both hands to size out her bangs, pretending I didn’t realize the dude meant me, hoping he’d go away. But he was a Watch. I’d already spotted the pin-point cameras tucked behind his ears, as if his puffy wolfman curls, shaped to conceal, weren’t indication enough.
The good news was that he probably wasn’t live on-line.