Read by John Meagher
Extracted from “Tales From the City of Seams,” Originally Published in Polyphony 4
One day as I sat in the restaurant savoring my lunch, a man in an ivory suit came into the place. His head was as white and hairless as an eggshell, and when he spoke, every syllable came out twisted into an odd shape. I think he was Belgian. “Daughter of Lu Ch’eng-Huan, far removed,” he said, “I have grown impatient with your truculence. I have dealt with you in good faith. I have offered you riches — gems and antiques, property and estates, significant shares in profitable concerns — but you have mistaken my generosity for desperation. If you will not part with the soup in a fair exchange, I shall have to take it by force.”
Michelle Sze was over at a corner table, taking care of some accounting matters. “Get lost,” she said.
Rated PG for some very old soup
Happy Chinese New Year!