Found her down by the Kaltan corner next, and switched well. And better the next meeting. Wondered what her parents thought, her losing bits of shine like that, 'til I realized she was lifting them. I tried to tell her care, but she was paces ahead. "I take them in the gardens," she laughs like a trinket, "and the groomsmen search through the beds after, and the ladies shout around the hedges. 'Where's my necklace? Where's my anklet?'”

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Peter Hickman is a Melbourne writer and academic, currently working on a thesis describing quantum language theory. He is a member of the SupaNova writer's group. "The Streetking" is his first internationally published short story.

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