Stagnant air hangs over the beach. Dancers defy the oppressive heat and flock by the video wall, while Shareef, glazed purple from the lights, lies back on the white leather couch in his fine Italian suit. I lean over so my hair falls—a curtain to hide us as I approach his lips. He’s tempted, but pulls away….

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Marina Hatsopoulos

Marina Hatsopoulos is a technology entrepreneur and aspiring novelist. Her writing is published or forthcoming in Pooled Ink, Poetry and Business, Prole Books and Crab Orchard Review. Her stories have been finalists for the PNWA literary contest, the Jack Dyer Fiction Prize, the Prolitzer Prize, and the Glimmer Train Short Story Award for new writers. She was Co-Founder/CEO of Z Corporation, a $30 million leader in 3D printing that came out of MIT, where she received her Masters in Mechanical Engineering. Her business writing has appeared in Design News, Time Compression Technologies, and Jumpstart: Launching Your Business Venture, Profitably and Successfully (Aspatore, 2003).

Brian Demers

Brian is a graduate of the Art Institute with a BA in Game Art and Design. Currently, he is a project manager for Electronic Arts. He prefers to work in ink.

First Featured In: No. 7, spring 2017

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