the smuggler’s bible

Klara

It is a core tenet of the ancient and pacific lore of optimism that hardship can be overcome by the power of positive association. But, like, that doesn’t mean it’s easy, man.

Klara wedges herself in the back of the Uber, one hand on the front passenger seat and the other wound tightly in the nine inches of canvas seat belt strap—the only extant evidence of such an apparatus—protruding from the cushion. The driver hits another speed bump at forty-five miles an hour, taking flight.

Birthday party, water slide, trampoline, Klara thinks desperately. Jesus Christ, roller coaster, Halloween.