I promised myself I'd read more short stories this year, and Tor.com has a-plenty.
1. Jacks and Queens at the Green Mill by Marie Rutkoski
A spirit plays a game of cards in an alternate Chicago.
"'Silk and ice,' he said, running the words together so that they sounded like silken ice."
"Music floated out. It infused the night, rich as brassy ozone, light as pattering rain."