Deadly Curiosities

By Gail Z. Martin

Cassidy Kincaide owns Trifles & Folly, an antique/curio shop and high-end pawn store in Charleston, South Carolina that's greater than what it sort of feels. harmful magical and supernatural goods occasionally locate their means into mortal palms or onto the marketplace, and Cassidy is a part of a shadowy Alliance of mortals and mages whose task it's to take these lethal curiosities out of circulation.

Welcome to Trifles & Folly, an old and curio store with a gloomy mystery. owner Cassidy Kincaide keeps a family members culture all started in 1670—acquiring and neutralizing risky supernatural goods. It’s the correct task for Cassidy, whose psychic reward we could her contact an item and recognize its heritage. along with her enterprise companion Sorren, a 500 year-old vampire and previous jewel thief, Cassidy makes it her company to get infernal gadgets off the marketplace. while mundane antiques unexpectedly turn into magically malicious, it’s time for Cassidy and Sorren to put off those lethal Curiosities sooner than the our bodies begin piling up.

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Up shut, i'll see the tautness in Sorren’s face and guessed that the soreness used to be excruciating. Even this type of brief feeding appeared to supply him energy, yet Sorren faltered while Teag and that i helped him stand. “Sorry. Bones take a section longer to heal,” he acknowledged. With Teag less than one arm and me less than his different, we helped Sorren stand and moved as fast as attainable towards the place we had left the auto. i peeked at my watch. sunrise used to be just a couple of hours away. “Can you get in your secure resting position? ” I requested. I didn’t comprehend what different threats lurked within the Charleston evening for vampires, but when there have been different would-be predators – human or supernatural – that have been searching for prey, I doubted a great deal that Sorren will be as much as the struggle instantly. “Let us take you again to the store. ” To my shock, Sorren nodded. “I used to be considering an analogous thing,” he admitted. The gash on his face had healed with out a hint, and that i guessed a similar will be real for his scalp wounds, yet from the best way he slid into the again seat of the automobile, i'll inform that each movement harm. Teag and that i shook out our jackets and splinters rained down at the highway. I felt prickly all over the place, and that i figured we were peppered with tiny bits of wooden and packing fabric. “There’s a package deal of hand wipes less than the seat. You’d larger wipe the blood off your face. If we get stuck, you seem like dying warmed over,” I stated, and winced on the totally tactless, if actual, description. “Indeed,” Sorren acknowledged, yet i'll pay attention entertainment in his voice. “It wouldn't do to draw consciousness. ” might be it used to be my mind's eye, yet I felt eyes on us until eventually the automobile used to be outdoor the military backyard perimeter. may well the supernatural response on the Covington construction have activated ghostly job at different destinations? I questioned. If the demon can make gadgets with a nasty historical past into maliciously haunted guns of magical destruction, I figured it was once attainable. It didn’t appear clever to stay round lengthy sufficient to determine. I made yes i used to be riding the rate restrict, and that i knew my headlights and tail lighting fixtures labored, so there has been no cause of someone to forestall us. having said that, I didn’t quite begin to breathe until eventually we have been again on King highway. Downtown Charleston was once approximately abandoned at this hour. I was hoping that held for police patrols in addition. I reminded myself that because the proprietor of Trifles and Folly, I had each correct to be at my very own store any hour of the day or evening, yet I additionally knew that any cop worthy his badge might ask yourself approximately 3 humans displaying up at nighttime having a look like they’d been in a gang struggle. a look in my rearview reflect advised me that Sorren used to be much more faded than traditional. The rainy wipe had got rid of the blood from his face, yet there has been no getting round his blood-soaked hair and stained garments. Teag and that i have been minimize and bloodied, our garments torn, and we have been bruised and lined in splinters and dirt. regardless of how tough i attempted, I wouldn’t be capable of get a hold of an excellent midway believable reason for our visual appeal. I was hoping it wouldn’t be essential to supply one.

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