“Two Mai and two human teenagers sat in a booth at the Washington Diner, silently drinking coffee or hot chocolate, picking at a large order of cold, greasy fries topped with thick bright ketchup that reminded everyone there too much of blood. The fluorescent lights made everything harsh and lifeless.”
from The Stolen: The Nine Lives of Chloe King, Volume 2 by Celia Thomson
This is the perfect image for this scene and even better in the context of what has happened just before it. I’m really enjoying the Nine Lives of Chloe King series, BTW — sharp, fun writing, good dialogue, well-paced. And it turns out that the author (aka Tracy Lynn, aka Liz Braswell) is, like me, heavily into Mass Effect at the moment. Her website | Her blog.