Chapter 10: Paper Trail

Officer Palin strode into the precinct and headed for the bullpen carrying two trash bags. He saw Detective Hernandez watching his approach and a big grin broke across his face. “I come bearing gifts,” quipped Palin. Detective Hernandez stood and directed him towards an unoccupied interview room, “My man! You secured the bags. Did Mr. Stanfield see you take ’em?” […]

Chapter 11: Secret Passages

Vincent’s panicked shrieking for help with Caitlyn roused the entire house. Terrified women in their nightgowns cracked open bedroom doors up and down the corridor. Deidra hurried past them, averting her eyes from all the curious stares and glares. Before she could reach the staircase, four men came thundering up the steps. For one panicked second, she imagined they were […]

Chapter 60: Family Ties

Richard washed the last of the breakfast dishes and placed it on the draining board. Rachel was absentmindedly cramming a kitchen towel into a cup and twisting it. He turned and leaned against the counter, watching her. “Hey, did mom ever tell you how Harriet and I were adopted,” Richard asked hopefully. “No, she never really talked about it…or if […]

Chapter 12: Questionable Motives

Detective Blackhorse sat in his car, waiting for his irritation over Officer Schneider’s unprofessional antics to pass. It would be a mistake to allow that buffoon to get under his skin. Blackhorse grudgingly admitted to himself that part of him was tempted to sink to Schneider’s level and clap back at him, when he was being spiteful. How satisfying would […]

Chapter 8: Between Rock and Hard Place

By the time the police officers finally left, Dylan was mentally exhausted. Forcing himself to remain outwardly calm had meant constantly pushing to the back of his mind, unbidden flashbacks of Rosa crashing through his coffee table. One minute, she was full of passion and the next Dylan was watching the life drain out of her impaled body. He still […]

Chapter 60: Cataclysm

Marko glared at the Doorkeeper warriors and spellcasters, waiting for one of them to step up and seize control of the situation. They all appeared to be in shock. The loud report of a crack forming and splitting the wall behind them made the group recoil. Their panic was palpable. Someone needed to take over or chaos would ensue. If […]

Chapter 59: More Questions Than Answers

Richard instantly regretted even hinting to Rachel that anything unusual had occurred in her absence. She never let anything go. Now, he had to talk about it. Richard hesitated, struggling to find the words to convey things he still didn’t understand. What actually happened last night? Was it all real or part of some nightmare brought on by his migraine? […]

Chapter 9: Ill-Gotten Gains

Marcus stepped from the sunlit sidewalk into the dim cave-like interior of the Metro Pawn Stop. If anyone had the lowdown on that mysterious bag of loot Cat had made off with, it was Tiny. Like most people ironically tagged with that nickname, the proprietor of the Metro Pawn Stop was a big man, seemingly as wide as he was […]

Chapter 10: The Ultimate Sacrifice

Caitlyn went to her vanity table, pulled back the chair and slipped a hand under the table’s decorative front lip and retrieved a small, concealed object. Deidra was curious and cautiously excited. What could it be? Caitlyn smiled and walked back over to Deidra with her hands behind her back, indicating with an incline of her head that Deidra should […]

Chapter 58: Back to Life

You would think after everything that transpired in one day: being under a spell, getting hexed, dying once and being attacked twice, I’d never be able to sleep again. The opposite is true. I was so mentally and physically exhausted that sleep overtook me, as soon as Plum turned off the lights and left the room. Thankfully, no nightmares came. […]

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