I had a good day, with crisp air in the morning, and just enough warm sun on the way home. I felt like I was "on" all day in my recommendations, and - even better - I found myself genuinely getting positive people about our fundraising, and when I left for the day, most of our daily target for the charity had been hit.
It was a win all around.
"Duel on Interstate Five," by Felice Picano
This short sharp shock of a story ties up the tales in Raising Hell on a futuristic note. It's a solid piece by Picano, who does spec fic with such a lovely edge to it, and a tongue-in-cheek "road-warrior" feel to it, as well.
In an era where actual ground-cars are barely used any more and the roads are a somewhat wild place, an impromptu challenge between drivers with unusual stakes can develop. Told with a fun and slightly future-feel lexicon, the story vibrates off the page, and you can smell the burned rubber.