5 – Kayla (3/3)

“The night of the big blackout, a lot of fae who normally don’t spend any time around humans went wandering. One came home talking about the nice young people she’d met, some of them faelings, and how she’d given them her blessing, which basically involves using that aether energy. Her great-grand-daughter has some idea just what kind of havoc she could have started, so she asked my family to help. For those of us who are human, the results of a fae blessing can be strange, upsetting, awkward, but generally they can be dealt with and sometimes it can be…

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5 – Kayla (2/3)

Kayla blinked, and stared at the stranger, re-evaluating rapidly; the other smiled wryly, and spread both hands. “Like I said, I might be able to help.” “Okay, let’s try this again,” Kayla said. “Come have a seat. I’m Kayla.” The dark woman’s strides were long and effortless; Kayla, who had little patience for women who equated being feminine with being helpless and weak, regarded with approval both the way she moved and the muscle visible in her arms as she drew nearer. “Riley. Do you want to get your friend?”

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5 – Kayla (1/3) – 3:00 pm, Real World

Kayla laid her phone on the picnic table next to a printout of Theo’s long, obsessively-up-to-date, and helpfully annotated contacts list, and buried her head in her hands. The cheerful warmth of the early-afternoon sun did nothing to help the chill inside that was as much fear as lack of sleep. Somewhere between Theo leaving early from his weekly DJ job at the club, which was highly atypical in itself, and coming home, he might just as well have dropped off the face of the earth. At least four of his friends had vanished at roughly the same time. And…

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