Here's another prompt for you! Root and Shaw are on a mission together. Things happen and Root winds up with a gun to her head. Shaw has a clear shot, but she won't take it.
As Sameen Shaw lies with her fingers laced behind her head staring up at the cracking, yellow tiles above her, she feels her back press into the cool metal of the subway terminal’s lone bench and finds her eyelids persistently droop. All is quiet save for the distant rumble of normal life that does not reach her chaotic world, and she acknowledges it as little more than white noise as the crumbling grout and black subway tunnel fall in and out darkness with each extended blink. Has it been a second since she’s opened her eyes or ten minutes? With no one else around, Shaw is untouched by the persistent hands of time. Instead, she drifts into sleep, nowhere to be, no cover to maintain, and no reason to walk all the way home.
“Hey, Baby,” Root’s familiar voice coaxes Shaw from the depths of sleep as she feels a presence settle in the space just above her. A shadow forms before her eyelids, and a moment later, Shaw feels a warm hand rest against her cheek. Opening her eyes slowly, Shaw finds Root’s slender face and endless rings of brown hair coming into focus. She swallows, mouth dry, and runs her tongue quickly over parched lips. From just above her, Root gives her a toothy grin. “Tired?”
With a soft sigh and the raise of her brows, Shaw concurs. Seeing Root before her, taking in the yellow light from above that encircles Root’s head like a halo and brings fire to her hair, Shaw forgets she’s at the station and not home. Suppressing a yawn, Shaw moves her hand over Root’s, pulling it from her cheek and entwining their fingers slowly.
“Wanna join me?” Shaw asks, voice scratchy with sleep, and a dazzling spark lights Root’s coffee eyes.
Lez Talk: A Collection of Black Lesbian Short Fiction ( 2016 )
“A necessary and relevant addition to the Black LGBTQ literary canon, which oftentimes overlooks Black lesbian writing,
is a collection of short stories that embraces the fullness of Black lesbian experiences. The contributors operate under the assumption that “lesbian” is not a dirty word, and have written stories that amplify the diversity of Black lesbian lives.
At once provocative, emotional, adventurous, and celebratory, Lez Talk crosses a range of fictional genres, including romance, speculative, and humor. The writers explore new subjects and aspects of their experiences, and affirm their gifts as writers and lesbian women.
Beginning with Sheree L. Greer’s “I Can’t Turn it Off,” a short, powerful tale imbued with socio-political undercurrents, the collection also includes work from Claudia Moss, LaToya Hankins, Lauren Cherelle, K.A. Smith, S. Andrea Allen, Faith Mosley, and Eternity Philops.”