The Shelter of Magnolias (working title)
Rating: (eventual) M
Pairings: initial IbGarry, later polyamorous MaryIbGarry
Ib finds a number in the book she loved and lost as a child.
The lakes were like bright eyes in the middle of a pallid face—iced over in the too-long winter, they seemed to be ringed with the remains of celestial mascara and too much crying. Long stretches of time, as well as the roads, wound around impossible turns. Old soft snow hardened into bumps under the bus tires, the noise like someone thudding their head against a pole every time they sped up. The middle-aged driver muttered something colorful and irritable under his fetid breath as they sped over yet another pothole.