Chapter 20

Allie slowly opened her eyes and was greeted by an unfamiliar ceiling. Her head was strangely light, as though something terrible had been removed. A moment’s thought brought back the events of the night before. The confrontation in the warehouse, the psychic battle with Dell, and finally the nightmare and the strangers. Allie could remember…

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Chapter 19

Lucian felt like he was floating. He was struggling to wake up, but the process was like pulling himself out of a mud pit in the pouring rain. It was almost like he was being pushed down. He began to panic as he couldn’t tell why he couldn’t wake up. Was he dead? Was this…

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Chapter 18

Mental combat was fast for those not involved. Much like a dream, where years can feel like minutes, a psychic fight of minutes would feel like seconds. Being an esper and trained in battle in mindscapes gave Allie the edge she would need when invading the mind of another. Dell’s mindscape was serene. It was…

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Chapter 17

“Cocky son of a bitch, ain’t he?” Neil said. “You would be too if you thought you had a winning lottery ticket in your pocket,” Malcolm said. “So let’s make sure he doesn’t get to cash it in. Is everyone ready?” The circle of agents and their ancient ally nodded and murmured in agreement. “Good….

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Chapter 15

Prison spells were a relatively common form of magic. All three of the magic schools had a version, and they all shared the same absolute truth. Without being initiated into a school of magic, they could not be broken from the inside. Allie had swept the house five times trying to find a weakness in…

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Chapter 14

“You’re trapped? For real?” Goldie exclaimed. Lucian was only vaguely listening to Goldie’s call. His attention was focused on the man outside. Dell had been standing outside of the building for a couple of minutes now. He looked to be talking to himself and making numerous small gestures. Lucian had seen him doing something similar…

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Chapter 12

Lucian felt like he was floating. His mother was gone, though he felt nothing in regards to that. Something told him that wasn’t right, but it was outside of his ability to care. Jack just said they weren’t family in any way and that felt like getting hit in the gut with a hammer. It…

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Chapter 11

A familiar smell pulled Allie from her nap. She was usually a deep sleeper, even if it was just a nap, but this smell was unique. It was a smell so significant to her that it could rouse her from the dead. She hopped out of bed, dressed, and left her room a woman on…

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Chapter 10

Lucian’s Mother often liked to warn him that the most significant threats to his safety were familiarity and confidence. Lucian thought she was talking about patterns, like going to the store at the same time each week or going to bed at the same time each night. She didn’t. She meant being so familiar with…

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Chapter 9

The only part of the year Lucian liked was summer. The rest of the year was dull and lonesome. He loved his Mom and Uncle Jack was fun, but it was summer when he saw other kids and could hang out with them. He knew a few of the older kids in town because they…

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