By Sidney Williams
This is part three of a four-part serial published July 10-31 2014. The rest of the story can be found here.
Renalda Coates managed a hair bar—stark white interiors over a hardwood floor in Islington. Stylists aimed blow dryers, taming miles of hair while she hovered near a desk where a clerk worked a phone.
“We can do a beautiful job with those locks, Luv. What would you like?”
Aubrey smiled. “They told me you’re Renalda.”
“Right. Can I help you?”
“I’m curious about Casbah and your grandfather.”
Her features went through a moment of denial.
“Anything I ever posted about that blasted show was a warning. I don’t know how you tracked me down…”
“A warning’s what I’m interested in,” Aubrey said. “Is there somewhere…?”
Minutes later they were in a booth at an internet café a few doors away. More chai, these cups sweet and fiery hot.