Hey y’all, here’s Chapter Thirteen of our epic switchblade-and-sorcery e-novel, Those Who Create and Destroy. The novel’s almost finished and expected to come in at around 250,000 words. While we’re putting finishing touches on Parts 2 and 3, we’ll continue releasing Part 1 in weekly installments on Wednesdays, with audiobook and e-reader formats coming soon.
—Mabel & Cass
“(x) Amount of Truth”
story by Mabel Harper & Cassidy Webb
written by Cassidy Webb
“It’s gonna suck. No way around it,” said Elisha. “When all this is over, you and Monique and Andrew might have to leave Delphi.”
Duncan sat with his arms across his knees, staring floorward, on the edge of a disheveled bedroll a few feet in front of the Prefect. They were in the basement of the defunct baked-goods factory that served as Caliban’s headquarters. Early morning sunlight poured from a small window high above. Duncan’s pallet was stained with dried blood, a pile of panchrest poultices from DeShay’s healing kit discarded on the floor nearby.
“So I’m gonna ask you one last time, spud.” Elisha sat forward in his folding chair. “Are you absolutely sure you want to do this?”
Duncan raised his eyes, fixed Elisha with an even stare. “If they had DeShay and Leshayva,” he said, “what would you do?”
“Enough said.” Elisha heaved a sigh. “God, Duncan. I can never tell you enough how sorry I am. For just—all of this. I wish—”
Duncan silenced him with an upraised palm. “You get my family home safe, Elisha,” he said, “and we’re square.”
“Do you trust me?”
Devisha scowled, sized Elisha up. It had been less than an hour now since he’d left the factory. The two of them sat across from each other at a table in the food court of the rest stop off I-80 where Elisha had requested they meet—a place where no one from the Enclave was likely to spot them conferring.
“I had a fucking kid with you, didn’t I?” she muttered in reply. “Yeah, I trust you.” She shrugged, stole a chicken nugget off his tray. “Much as I trust anyone.”
Elisha took a deep breath through his nose. “I have information about the attack.”