Sex in the summertime

It's 8:30 on a Wednesday night and Barry is on the prowl. He's in uniform: Armani sport coat, collarless shirt, Ferragamo shoes, Gold Rolex President watch. His college ring covers...

Raped once, raped twice

Sunday morning. Early. Not too hot yet. Connie Ericsson ignored the few other joggers on the path as she worked up to speed. Five miles. Not much of a workout...

When the job no longer matters

He used to care. The job used to matter. That, as the kids say, was then. This is now. Now it's just a job, something to bring the money, which...

Life under the needle

First the shakes. Then the sweats. He knows the symptoms, so he takes a leather case from the drawer and heads for the bathroom. He finds an empty stall and...

The darker side of life in Washington, DC

DC Darkside, which went active on the World Wide Web on May 7, 1996. Darkside is an experiment with articles that were published through 2004 and went into archival...

A controlled free fall

He never saw it coming. He arrived early on that Friday morning, wanting to get his desk cleared before a 10 a.m. company-wide meeting on corporate restructuring. But something was wrong....

Requiem for a mean S.O.B.

Everyone who worked for Mac Alexander agreed he was a sour, unfeeling son-of-a-bitch. "Battery acid," said one. "Cut him and he bleeds battery acid." Mac Alexander ran construction jobs in and...

The old bait and switch

Laura McAdams met Ron Aptid after work one night at Capital City Brewing, a popular D.C. nightspot near Union Station. They hit it off. Dinner two nights later. A show...

I said ‘I do’ but it can mean ‘not always’

Mariah waits in the Arlington Hospital emergency room, dreading what she knows is coming. When the doctor walks in, she cringes. Christ, another man. The last thing she needs. "What seems...

Gone in 42 seconds

Thursday night. Northwest Washington, D.C. Late. Very late. Leon and Maxie are crusin', looking for a silver S-Class Mercedes. Any silver S-Class Mercedes. "Look," Leon points to a side street off Connecticut...