NEW RELEASE: Those Who Create and Destroy CHAPTER TWENTY-FIVE – “Are You Okay, Kiddo”

Part Two of our queer epic switchblade-and-sorcery novel, Those Who Create and Destroy, is here, with a new chapter free to read every Monday and Friday! ✨

In today’s new chapter, “Are You Okay, Kiddo,” Elisha faces off against a horde of apostates, while Jules confronts a daemon that dredges up some of his darkest memories.

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CHAPTER
TWENTY-FIVE

“Are You Okay, Kiddo

story by Mabel Harper & Emrys Webb
written by Emrys Webb

Content Warning: GORE, SEXUAL ASSAULT/PHYSICAL ABUSE FLASHBACK, MISGENDERING/DYSPHORIA, MISOGYNISTIC LANGUAGE, SELF-HARM

The first lesson young magi learned in Introduction to Goetia was that the denizens of the astral realm were not, and never would be, your friends. They were your tools—maybe even your weapons—if you could control them.

If you couldn’t, they were your worst nightmare.

Jules clutched his skull as if, with only his hands, he could somehow protect it from the psychic assault. Took deep breaths, hummed ascending arpeggios on the exhale, tried to visualize mandalas, webs of light, adjacent hexagons extending into eternity, anything that had form, anything that made sense, anything that might halfway restore his calm—

—because if he couldn’t regain gnosis, he wouldn’t stand a chance in this fight.

His thoughts at last found sanctuary in visions of Max…of those amber starbursts in her eyes.

The cruel presence roared through Jules once more like a harsh wind biting the ends of severed nerves.

PRECIOUS MAX, it half-sobbed, half-cackled into his skull. ROTTING ON HER FEET! A PUPPET MADE OF MEAT!

A new visual penetrated Jules’s mind, of the rift swirling, swallowing, tearing the flesh from Max’s bones.

Jules, came her mournful voice, as her skeleton crumbled and spun away into the void. You promised …

Fresh hot pain seared through his shoulder, snapped him back to reality—a second mana bolt from an apostate’s athame. Daemonic laughter ricocheted in the corners of his mind.

Jules registered the first of the Nihilites closing on him, slashing down toward him with an uncharged blade. He grabbed the man’s wrist in both hands, with a grunt of pain and exertion forced the blow aside. His assailant matched him for height but was at least twice his weight. A swing of the man’s arm sent Jules slamming back against the wall so hard it rattled his teeth.

The man’s other hand closed around his throat. Jules found himself pinned and struggling for air, the athame tip jammed beneath his jaw.

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