The Lotus Café

Months of nicotine patches, hypnotism and bitter-tasting gum had not cured Noel of his love affair with cigarettes. His mind was like the tip of a sword, focused on the missing pleasure. One bleak Friday, he sat facing his boss. He watched his lip curl around unintelligible phrases, his only thought the smooth descent of … More The Lotus Café

Cold Snap

It was the cold snap that did it. The coldest winter Hong Kong had seen since 1944. Abby ate two packets of instant noodles with frozen peas instead of one. She drank hot chocolate to keep warm. Full cream milk. As she sat on the couch in their unheated flat, her breath emerged in wisps. … More Cold Snap