NEW RELEASE: Those Who Create and Destroy CHAPTER THIRTY-SIX – “Birth of the Anti Mother”

Part Two of our queer dark 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, “Birth of the Anti Mother,” Elisha’s daughter confronts him about his recent activities, and his and Jules’s investigation uncovers a devastating secret.

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CHAPTER
THIRTY-SIX

Birth of the Anti Mother”

story by Mabel Harper & Emrys Webb
written by Emrys Webb

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Elisha sat in his home office, feet up on his desk, skimming the text of a bill that was set to come up for a vote in the assembly in a day or two—annual budgetary stuff, nothing earth-shattering. Sometimes lately he thought this was what was really killing him—the mind-numbing day-to-day, the plugging-along-like-everything’s-normal when his nights were filled with illicit interrogations; threats to life, limb, and sanity; daemon-possessed kids clawing trenches in their own flesh; all of it part of a race against time to save his protégé’s family from a horrific fate—and the world as he knew it from falling prey to some primal devouring force he couldn’t hope to understand.

The Prefect looked up at a tentative knock on the open door. “Hey, pie,” he said, seeing his daughter in the doorway, and tossed the bill down on his desk, lowered his feet, leaned forward in his chair. “What’s up?”

Sometimes Elisha looked at Leshayva, really looked at her, and couldn’t believe how grown-up she was, out of nowhere. It seemed like just yesterday she’d followed him around everywhere like a doting puppy; scribbled the ghoulish crayon stick-figure drawings that, to this day, occupied places of honor in this very office; refused any and all attempts by DeShay and her professors to pry her off Elisha’s leg because she was too nervous to join her Academy peers onstage for their first parents’ night review. Lately, for the first time, there was something startlingly un-childlike about Shay—something in her expression, hard and wary, that made it unmistakable just how much she took after her mom.

She had that look on her face now, a sober knot in her brow that made her seem distant and guarded. She lingered in the doorway a second or two, then shuffled forward into the room, hands in pockets. “Can I talk to you?” She came to a halt in front of him, shifted on her feet.

“Anytime, pie. You know that.” Elisha dragged over the ottoman that matched the overstuffed chair by the window, patted the top of it.

With palpable reluctance, Shay sat.

“Everything okay?” Elisha settled back in his chair.

Shay leaned forward with her elbows on her knees, hands clasped in front of her—again reminding him of Devisha. Her eyes were studiously trained on the Berber rug. “I…saw something,” she began eventually, “the night of Grandpa’s party.”

“Saw something?” Elisha frowned. “What kind of something?”

Her eyes flicked up to him, and, for just a second, he saw his child again.

She’s afraid.

… Of me?

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