Stanley smells the way condoms do, sweet and greasy. With his big can-of-meat hand crushing me up against the wall, that smell is all I can think of. I feel like it’s getting on me, soaking little by little into my pores, making me stink the same as he does. What if Sis can smell it on me when I go home?
My short story “Tricks” appears in Indent, which is the annual literary magazine of Staffordshire University. I graduated from Staffs several years ago after studying for a BA in Creative Writing. Indent may be available in print or online at some point in the future. More information about the project can be found at indentmag.blogspot.co.uk.