the growling goddess of chinatown For one red moment she thinks she might kick the door in. fire “You’re not squeamish, are you, Brigit?” brigit with the peppermint hands harlot, hooker, hussy, jade, jezebel, minx, mistress, scrubber, slag, slattern, slut, strumpet, succubus, tail, tart, tramp, trollop, wanto… violet in the flames No-one tells her that. the star anise room I’ve already done worse, she told herself, and for a moment she believed it. lit in the same places In half an hour she’d be back entirely in her skin this conflagration You know what to do. Wrap the bones around it Don’t let the bastards get you down.