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, “Headfirst for Halos,” Elisha and Jules finally learn the true circumstances of Max’s conception—and tragedy ensues.
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“Headfirst for Halos”
story by Mabel Harper & Emrys Webb
written by Emrys Webb
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Elisha backed the Challenger into a parking spot, shut off the engine, glanced over at his passenger. Jules seemed even quieter today than usual. To be fair, there hadn’t been much to talk about during the ride—no breakthroughs in the case, other than the whopper of a lead they were about to look into now:
But Elisha sensed that Jules’s silence was due to more than a lack of conversation fodder. Ever since their visit to Secure Medical Records, the Prefect had started to suspect there was something Jules wasn’t telling him.
Going by the heavy dark cloud that had descended over the alchemist that day, it was something pretty serious.
“Ready, kid?” the Prefect asked in his gruff Caliban voice, stopping himself just short of tacking a -do onto the end of it.
Jules gave a brusque nod. “Ready.”
They exited the car onto the Downtown sidewalk. Gazed up at the Aon Center towering above them.
“Fancy building,” Elisha observed as he fed the parking meter.
“Emily Susskind-Frankel’s a prominent attorney,” said Jules.
“Yeah, yeah, I know. I did my research,” grunted Elisha. “Hope she’s not so fuckin’ prominent we can’t get past reception.”
“We will. I’ve got a card to play. Literally.”