by Sandra M. Odell
read by Sean D. Sorrentino
A PodCastle Original!
A woman stood at the tattoo parlor’s door. Small, damp from the storm, hair disheveled and slightly askew. Comfortable in her clothes, not her skin. The sight of her made Tiger’s chest itch, and his tattoos tingle. He turned down the stereo. “Can I help you with something?”
The woman looked at the shelves stuffed with pattern books, the posters of half-naked men and women displaying their tattoos and piercings. “Is this Stars And Stripes Ink?”
Her voice had a touch of falsetto.
“That’s what the sign says in the window.”
She brushed aside her bangs, tugging her hair back into place in a way Tiger supposed he wasn’t meant to notice. “I would like a tattoo.”
Sandra M. Odell lives with her husband, sons, and cats in Washington state. Her work has appeared in such venues as Jim Baen’s UNIVERSE, Crossed Genres, Daily Science Fiction, and Galaxy’s Edge. A Clarion West 2010 graduate, she is currently hard at work on plotting her second novel. Or world domination. Whichever comes first.
THE TWELVE WAYS OF CHRISTMAS, her collection of speculative fiction holiday stories, is available from Hydra House Books.
Sean D. Sorrentino lives in the Raleigh North Carolina area with his wife and his dog.