Chapter 13: Hits and Misses

Detective Hernandez retrieved a brown paper evidence bag from his car and slipped the grimoire inside, under the baleful glare of auction house proprietor Paul Schauman. Hernandez steeled himself for vehement protests and threats which never came.  Instead, there was only resigned acceptance from Paul. His shoulders slowly sagged as the fight drained out of him. “I hate to admit […]

Chapter 11: Bad Company

Marcus stood in line, waiting his turn to give the gatekeeper of the midnight market portal his offering. A mesmerized hush fell over the group, at the sight of the first sparks from the gatekeeper’s spell. They blazed brightly, dancing about like fireflies in the darkness beyond the feeble reach of the streetlights. The newcomers were thrilled at the sight […]

Chapter 62: Eye of the Storm

Marko and the others felt themselves violently pulled downward through the ruined floor of the antiquities vault, past the basement and subbasement of the Doorkeeper compound. Their shouts could barely be heard over the roar of the cyclonic force buffeting their bodies. They desperately contorted their bodies to avoid spinning chunks of rubble torn from the building above their heads. […]

Chapter 17: Ghostly Intuition

Blackhorse parked in the first space he could. The gray car followed suit, quickly pulling into a spot three cars behind him. He sat staring into his rearview mirror, waiting to see if the driver would get out. The day had heated up and he was feeling worse by the minute. A mild headache had intensified, until the blood was […]

Chapter 62: Ulterior Motives

Plum’s troubled expression showed she really upset about my sighting of her doppelganger. Truth be told, seeing it had deeply disturbed me. For those few horrible moments after the blinding burst of light, I was convinced that Plum died right before my eyes. The sense of loss was immediate and gut wrenching. To have finally gained a level of intimacy […]

Chapter 16: Bad Blood

Detective Blackhorse left the Heavenly Hash Smoke Shop and strode to his car with a spring in his step. Once Smokey said that the victims in his murder case were drug dealers who had stolen from a customer, things finally started making sense. As he drove off, Blackhorse let everything sink in. If what Smokey said was true, then one […]

Chapter 64: In the Hot Seat

Richard was lying across his bed, when a soft knock on the door notified him that it was his turn to go downstairs and be interviewed by Officer Foster. It came sooner than he thought it would. Richard was instantly annoyed. For a few fleeting moments, he gave serious consideration to getting out of it by pretending that his migraine […]

Chapter 12: First Kill

Everything Dylan knew about werewolves came from the folk tales he read as a child. They were real to him, until his grandmother chided him for having an overactive imagination. Dylan grew up believing her assurances that folk tales and old wives’ tales were all fantasy and the creatures in them were not real. He started to see world as […]

Chapter 12: Double Dealer

Back at his desk, Detective Hernandez pulled the file folder of invoices towards him. He couldn’t shake the feeling that there was more to be gleaned. Looking through them with fresh eyes, he noticed that there were more questionable invoices for the Schauman auction house than for other businesses. Hernandez went online and found the company website. He sat scrolling […]

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