Toasted Cake 17: A is for Authority & B is for Bureaucracy, by Luc Reid
Toasted Cake #17! In which A nearly gets a shiv in the crossbar.
The letter SH paused in the anteroom of A's antebellum mansion.
These two stories first appeared on The Daily Cabal.
Luc Reid grew up in northern Vermont on the shores of Lake Champlain, not far from where he now lives with his family. He is a Writers of the Future winner, a former radio commentator, an amateur musician, a systems analyst, and the founder of the Codex online writing group. His stories and articles have appeared in venues like Abyss & Apex, Clarkesworld, and The Writer. His first book was Talk the Talk: The Slang of 65 American Subcultures, followed by The Writing Engine: A Practical Guide to Writing Motivation, Bam! 172 Hellaciously Quick Stories, and the novel Family Skulls. He holds a black belt in Taekwondo Chung Do Kwan, and he blogs about writing and the psychology of habits at lucreid.com.