Monthly Archives: January 2012

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Arrival and departure

“Heaven or Hell?” the young woman with the perfect teeth asked. “Heaven,” the man replied, his face slightly too eager, revealing a deep nervousness that, until then, he’d managed to at least partly conceal from the others in the long queue that snaked around the

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The First Time

The first time, I didn’t even think about it. I hopped on the plane, no queues, no hassle, no unnecessary fiddling about with paperwork and ID. Off I went, to vineyards, old wine, oozing cheese, unsatisfactory toilets and crumbling chateaux. Getting back home was slightly

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The Callisto Building

The Callisto building on SeokJeong Row has long been a hub of commercial services. The building is home to a number of highly successful businesses in each of its five levels. In the basement there is the bowling alley and the famous International Buffet, recommended by

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Ask Again Later

Lucy Houng hugged the red and white plastic bag, her arms wrapped around it as if she were guarding a precious gem. Her purse hung from a shoulder, knocking against her hip as she dashed across 10th Street from The Gallery’s K-Mart entrance on Market

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The Mid-Levels

The gateway to the Underworld is in the basement of a factory building on an unremarkable street in the suburbs just above Wan-Chai and just below The Peak. Well, I say ‘the’ gateway, but that’s a linguistic fallacy of course. There isn’t just one gateway-

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The appointment

The light was starting to fade when I saw her crossing the road towards me. The marketplace where we’d first met. That’s what she’d said in the message left for me at the office, and I’d never tell her that it took me a moment