"Razia" illo by Norm Breyfogle. Photo illustration by Stephen Pytak. Copyright 2008 by Stephen Pytak.

RAZIA -- Life is full of  surprises, not all 
of which are good. 
   Just ask Razia Ahmad, a writer for the 
wire who lives in DC.
   Born to parents who immigrated from
India, she's a beauty, her body sculpted
by good genes over generations.
   She lives in an apartment in a brick
townhouse on the 2100 block of O Street
NW, Dupont Circle.
    Out of the blue one night, she learns 
The .40 Caliber Mouse is still active. 
   And she's a target.

ALLIES: Eden. And a lawyer named
HOBBIES: Playing tennis, and watching
it on the tube. She's a fan of tennis pro 
Sania Mirza.

MUSIC: R&B and Modern Pop.

mixed drinks on Friday nights out.
 (She's Muslim and alcohol is forbidden).
Bleaching her hair. 

PET PEEVES: Guns. Violence. Walking 
home alone at night. Shadows that 
appear to be following her. And anything
to do with Marci.