The Orphanage

Miss Willa Mae was way too strict. She said they could drape sheets off the top bunk to make their fort, but they couldn’t...

Owl’s Insight

“Butch.” Butch Deuces didn’t like it, but he had no choice. The spirits hated being pestered for frequent favors, but how was he supposed to...

Tlaloc’s Furies

“Just as I thought,” said Smiling Frog. “The Ever-Triumphant Trail was too well-walked for them. They had to wait until she cut around Devil’s...

The Ballad of Mario Crane, Part 3

They turned to look at me, each of them horrible in their own fashion, people who must wear masks to appear remotely human. In...

Immovable Object, Unstoppable Force

Randall was just getting to the good part of his campfire tale when T’ou Chi Chow heard someone coming and silenced him. Within moments, several...

Raking Dragons

When I sinned my sin in drunken pride, I used it to force compliance with my evil will. When Heaven sent me down to the mortal...

Not Turning Back

“This is an outrage!” Makaio shouted. “Unconscionable! How DARE any of you call yourselves officers of the court!” The first thin, bright fingers of dawn...

Harry Highbinder

“Mister Highbinder –” “Please, Lucy, call me Harry. All my friends do.” Lucy Clover scowled. She’d arrested this man, breaking up his card game with a...

Payback Time

Avie Cline was being followed. She could tell right away; men like him always wore the same distinct uniform in the name of blending...

The Ballad of Mario Crane, Part 2

It took almost fifteen minutes once I got off the train to Sacramento for someone to take me for a greenhorn and try to...