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Category: Book 1 Chapter 11

11.9 Be Careful

“I don’t think you’re making the right choice, letting the kids run around telling people about what’s going on.” Ryan said as they cleared the dishes. All four girls had gone back to the twins conjoined rooms, and the younger Ryan out to the garage to tinker with his board. It left the two adults […]

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11.8 Nineteen Ninety-Naan

The numbers immediately presented a problem. Walter wasn’t going to be horrible and kick his daughters’ guests out because he hadn’t brought enough food for them all, but he also knew trying to stretch it between them would end up with reproachful glares from his garbage disposal of a son. Fortunately salvation came in the […]

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11.7 Chart

What had begun as a ride and turned in to a lunch, eventually ended up as an all afternoon planning session. Walter’s head spun with the basic primer of Faerie, and the knowledge that he was going to get a little lesson in how to beat up magical creatures. He had even stopped denying magic […]

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11.6 Operational Planning

“But we’re clear,” Walter said a little bit later after a mouth full of guacamole, “On the fact that this is a trap?” He offered, gesturing with a chip covered in the mouth-watering green chunks. “Like…a big, obvious, stinking trap?” Andre Alexander reached for some of the chips, and Walter batted the other man’s reach […]

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11.5 Literary Comparisons

By the time Walter and Ryan re-entered the room the Mexican food had been put out on the table and the rest of the beer brought out. Gabriel Shepherd had also apparently shown up, and was sitting down to join them in their spicy repast. But there was something else in the center of the […]

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11.4 Blood and Need

Walter stood out on the balcony of Morgan’s apartment. They had gone over some more of the basics of what Oberon’s plan likely was, to try to get Walter to understand—that way when they came back after lunch, they could come up with an actual plan. Delivery Mexican food had been ordered, and now Morgan […]

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11.3 Worst Case?

“What do you want to know?” Morgan asked in response to Walter’s words. She looked…unsettled, somehow, as if speaking the truth would make things real she didn’t want to be. Like dangers would come out just by speaking them. “What is it, exactly, what your father is planning on doing?” Walter asked. “What exactly happened […]

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11.2 A-Door-Able

“And then there is the scary red one with yellow circles around the border.” Lacey finally finished her accounting of all the unexplained doors she knew of in Border. “I think they’re the moon or planets, because it looks like they have phases. And it’s yellow for a reason—I think it might be Venus?” Monica […]

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11.1 To It

Walter leaned back in his chair, considering that proclamation seriously for several long moments. After maybe thirty seconds, he shook his head. “No, I don’t buy it.” He said with a shrug. “It wasn’t an offer.” Morgan said seriously. “It wasn’t a debate—you want information. We can give you some on this, but if I […]

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11.0 Goddesses

BEGIN CHAPTER 11: PLANS “I’m sorry M, but among other things I am a goddess of lust. I am as I was born to be.” Tania proclaimed breezily as she walked out of Morgan’s palatial shower wearing one of her bath robes, followed by Ryan Aquino. Walter’s brother-in-law had been the other of the two […]

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