Rings of blue smoke curled about her head from a dangling cigarette between dark ruby lips.
Blunt fingernails tapping faint staccato against a half-empty whiskey glass.
Kohl-smudged eyes gazed out from beneath shaggy bangs,
black as night, shrewd, waiting.
The dive was dingy, dark, and derelict.
Jammed with grifters, thieves, and cutthroats on the hunt.
Hustlers swindling illicit card games.
The flirting wiles of the scantily clad.
The stinging tang of copper as a switchblade ruptures skin.
She felt the cold press of her pistol,
and wondered why this was when she felt most alive.