D. Roland Hess has written five technical/arts books, one of which won the American Publishers Association PROSE Award for Best Book in Art Technique in 2011. "Lincoln, Fox and the Bad Dog" marked his return to genre fiction after a long hiatus. He honed his craft in the Creative Writing program at UPenn, but gave up the potential glory of starving-artistdom for a career in production art and software development. He currently works in Machine Learning in the Google's Ads organization.
When I saw my escape, I took it. Now I'm in New York City and trying to get my life back on track. Despite the tracker in my ankle, Crow hasn't come for me. He hasn't even called me. I told him the depth of my feelings but he cruelly rejected them.
Maybe he's forgotten about me.
One day, I walk into my apartment and spot the pile of buttons on the counter. I never left them there, and there's only one explanation for their presence.
Maybe Crow hasn't forgotten me after all.