NEW RELEASE: Those Who Create and Destroy CHAPTER TWENTY-SIX – “Spit Shine Your Black Clouds”

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, “Spit Shine Your Black Clouds,” Fabiana takes Rory on a shoplifting adventure—and tries to convince him that his dangerous power could be used for vigilante justice.

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CHAPTER
TWENTY-SIX

Spit Shine Your Black Clouds”

story by Mabel Harper & Emrys Webb
written by Emrys Webb

Rory always cleared out of the Alfheim by the end of the workday, not wanting to risk an awkward run-in with Jules after he got off work. And Max, weirdly enough (but to Rory’s relief), never seemed to want him to stay any later, or to come over at night or on weekends.

Since he’d been kicked out of his band, this meant he now found himself with nothing to do half the time except fuck around in Chicago with Fabiana. Between random adventures, the two of them mostly hung out at the Bitch Pit, listening to music and doing whatever drugs Fabi’d scrounged up, and dreaming together whenever they finally called it a night (and, on weekends, what they called night was usually morning). Fabi was teaching Rory to lucid-dream, which she said was even better than getting high because it let you experience a world without consequences. So far, Rory sucked at it. He couldn’t let go of his perceived limitations enough that he could take control. He was afraid, he found himself confessing to her once, while his tongue was loosened by molly, of what he’d turn out to be like with his boundaries gone—if he really let what was deep down inside him take over.

There was no visiting Max on Saturday, so Rory and Fabi partied extra late Friday night and slept in the next day. Maybe it was the coke, but Rory didn’t really remember his dreams well this time—just flashes, things he knew he must not have had control of and didn’t really want to remember…like girls having their chests sawn open, and bones popping out of people’s legs, and classrooms full of laughing students who had no idea or didn’t care that the world had just ended.

He wondered what Fabi must have made of it all. But no way in hell was he gonna ask her.

“Dude, let’s go to the mall,” was the first thing she said to him when he rustled awake. She was standing over him, hands on hips, fully dressed in a huge holey sweatshirt with the sleeves cut short, a pair of ragged Daisy Dukes, and her perpetual scuffed combat boots. Rory zoned out for a moment on the downy dark hairs on her long brown legs.

“The mall?” he mumbled. “What are we, fourteen?”

“I want Dippin’ Dots, bruh. Don’t judge me.”

“You’re high, aren’t you?”

“Not really. … Just a little.” She kicked him in the butt. “Come on, mofo. Get dressed.”

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