things, but too much of it is sending the emotions of the Dark Fae Court to
boxing match is the highlight of the year, but there’s a chaos-creating surge
of energy accompanying every exhibition bout leading up to the main event. With
the championship looming, the Special Collections Team is called to Las Vegas
to investigate the magical disturbances at the Red Raven casino, the home of
the volatile Dark Fae Court.
ones affected by the instability. The Dark Court is a hostile environment for
the SCT, dragging them closer to emotional breakdowns and lines drawn in the
sand. Dangerous royals, randy revelers and relationship dramas have the Special
Collections Team close to folding, until a pair of changelings ups the ante.
way, and I’d be just as happy leaving now, if you lot can’t focus.”
scared of being torn apart by the Dark Court, your entrails served for dinner
at the downstairs buffet, then do begin the briefing. I’m surprised they
haven’t banged down the door for you yet, as it is.”
It seemed we had learned nothing on our first case. “Just tell us what the
mission is. The sooner we begin our investigations, the sooner we can get out
of Las Vegas, and away from the fae.”
serve no purpose other than getting the former assassin bent out of shape.
However, it was on the tip of my tongue to tell her, in no uncertain terms,
that one belligerent fairy in my
company was more than enough, and I did not need to surround myself with a
whole Court more.
loud, especially not to an overly emotional woman thoroughly skilled in all the
ways a single finger can kill a man. And especially not when said finger
sported a triangular hunk of metal large enough to rip a man’s throat open.
Instead, I asked Greel to continue.
casino.” He passed his glare around the table, staring at each of us in turn.
“The disturbances have grown stronger lately, and with the exhibition matches
already underway, we’ve been able to find a correlation between the power
fluctuations and the bouts.”
though she kept her cheek pressed to the tabletop. Her voice scraped against my
eardrums like sandpaper, and she moaned in pain when
shoulder. “More and more people would be coming to the casino to see the
championship match, right?”
already here,” Zahra managed to lift her head a bare inch to look at me, “and
so many tourists popping in, and then all the others gathering to see the
fight, it makes sense that the magic would be stronger.”
of other Nations strictly prohibited to the lobby and the boxing arena, but apparently
the spikes in magic are affecting the gaming floors and nightclubs, as well.”
grown beyond what’s normal for these events. The magic seems to be human.”
emotions, dive into the erotic.
extensive traveler who loves to incorporate various legends from around the
world into her tales, Lola White likes to twist reality at its edges in her
stories. She likes delving into the emotions of her characters, finding their
strengths and weaknesses, and seeing (and showing) how they get themselves out
of whatever trouble has found them—if they can.