Science Fiction Romance Brigade – 10/18/13

Bo and Cheng are friends in the Guangzhou district of China. Bo is half American and a freelance IT consultant. Their neighborhood is subject to visa raids on occasion:

Footsteps sounded and the front door burst open, spilling in a handful of Guangzhou police who immediately leveled their guns at Bo. He froze, hands up. The head constable strode in and surveyed the party’s remains, then approached him. She held out her hand.

“Visa,” she said in English.

Bo’d seen the trio countless times before on raids, yet they always acted as if he had just washed up on shore in a rowboat from Madagascar. Bo held up his index finger. “One moment. Just woke up and it’s not something I keep on me while I’m sleeping.” He headed for the bedroom, followed by two of the police. Cheng was stretched out on the bed, dead to the world.

“Who’s that?” one of the constables said.

“Cheng. Doesn’t live here. Native, though,” Bo said.

The constable grunted. She knew who it was, Bo thought. He drew the visa from his nightstand and handed it over. The constable inspected it and gave it back, apparently satisfied. The two policemen withdrew. Bo tossed the visa back into the nightstand and followed them out.

Bo called after them. “Call ahead next time and I’ll have some sago tarts.”

The head constable threw him a stare that chilled his skin. Then left. Bo breathed relief, suddenly envying Cheng, who’d slept through the entire ordeal.

About dohlman

K. Ceres Wright is the author of Cog. Her short stories, articles, and poetry have appeared in Hazard Yet Forward; Genesis: An Anthology of Black Science Fiction; Many Genres, One Craft; 2008 Rhysling Anthology; Diner Stories: Off the Menu; and Far Worlds. Contact her on Twitter: @KCeresWright
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12 responses to Science Fiction Romance Brigade – 10/18/13


  1. Oh! Scary and tense. Very nicely done. 🙂

  2. Interesting, especially the attitude of everyone involved. Makes me wonder if he’s taking this seemingly routine raid a bit too casually. Intriguing excerpt, enjoyed the “tone”.

  3. Good tension and style, as always, Ceres! I already have a good idea of the setting and culture within this world just from those few lines of prose and dialog. Nice characterization with Bo handling the situation while Cheng sleeps.

  4. Interesting interaction between Bo and the police. Makes me wonder what’s really going on. =)

  5. Nina Croft

    Great sense of setting and character in this. Loved the tone.

  6. Great snippet! Has an adventuresome feel about it.

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