Flex ('Mancer)

By Ferrett Steinmetz

FLEX: Distilled magic in crystal shape. the main risky drug on the planet. laugh it, and you may create fabulous coincidences to stay the lifetime of your dreams.

FLUX: The backlash from snorting Flex. The universe hates magic and attempts to rebalance the percentages; might be you continue to exist the horrendous injuries the Flex inflicts, might be you don’t.

PAUL TSABO: The obsessed bureaucromancer who’s became bureaucracy right into a magical Beast that could rewrite apartment agreements, conjure rented autos from nowhere, tune down somebody who’s ever crammed out a form.

But whilst all of his formulaic magic can’t keep his burned daughter, Paul needs to input the damaging international of Flex buyers to heal her. other than he’s by no means performed this ahead of – and the punishment for brewing Flex is military conscription and a complete brain-wipe.

File Under: Urban Fantasy [ Magic tablet | Firestarter | Bureaucramancy | The Flex & the Flux ]

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His co-workers had all taken additional shifts to hide for him. “Seventeen cases,” package admitted. “Everyone pitched in so that you may perhaps take care of Aliyah. So if a patron thinks you’re an Asian girl, simply run with it, ok? ” “That’s…” Paul comfy, by surprise ashamed – had he heavily thought of killing equipment? His ally? That used to be loopy. He used to be loopy. ’Mancers have been lunatics by means of definition – Paul’s bureaucromancy used to be facts that he used to be unhinged. realizing that everybody in long island sought after him locked up and brainwashed simply further “paranoia” to a stack of current psychological concerns. He wasn’t pondering basically. He should still drop every thing to head dwell out within the woods as a hermit, dwelling out the place there have been no varieties or forms or paperwork to tempt him into ’mancy… No. whether he desired to abandon the magic, he may well by no means abandon Aliyah. “Why didn’t you inform me? ” Paul requested. “About Anathema? ” “That it wasn’t an coincidence that had burned my daughter, yet somebody. ” “Because you’re obsessive, Paul. all of us take note how you took off after that Illustromancer – she wasn’t even your case. Then when you made up our minds to surrender the strength, not anything may cease you – no longer your folks, now not your co-workers, no longer your marriage. We have been all terrified you’d take off after this madman. ” Paul used to be surprised. “You imagine I’d have left Aliyah by myself within the health facility to – to move get revenge? ” equipment shrugged, guiltless. “I comprehend you like your child. yet you wouldn’t be human if you happen to didn’t need a little payback. And you’ve received that smart-guy trick of pondering up sturdy purposes to justify the belongings you desired to do besides. probably I must have informed you, but…” He waggled his hand. “Anyway, I pulled a few strings to maintain your identify out of the inside track – who is aware what you’d have performed if the newshounds had come sniffing round, asking what Mr Shot-A-Mancer meant to do approximately this Anathema challenge. God forbid you lose your activity on a few unauthorized wild goose chase – what occurs to Aliyah with out coverage? ” “Samaritan wouldn’t hearth me. now not for going after a terrorist…” “Oh, yeah? ” equipment picked up an S-1071 Claims Reporting shape among forefinger and thumb, as if it have been a used Kleenex. “The domestic place of work despatched it again. ” “Back? They don’t ship stuff again until it’s unusable, package. This is…” Paul tested the shape, wrinkling his nostril on the careless mistakes: a failure so as to add the “list of estate harm TS-234 shape” whilst the claims ran over 5 traces, a mistallied subtotal. “…acceptable. slightly. ” “It’s applicable from me. From a bureaucratic perspective, you’re this department’s vibrant spot – you pass each T and dot each I. whilst your paintings slipped… they spotted. ” Paul used to be flattered. “Don’t be ridiculous, package… They’re now not that meticulous…” “This is Samaritan Mutual. If a penny rolls less than a table the following, accounting asks for it every week later. And the day prior to this, I obtained a question, handed down from excessive up, asking in the event that your daughter’s harm was once affecting your paintings. They’re already looking for purposes. ” “Kit, they must understand I’ll sue in the event that they fireplace me. ” equipment squeezed Paul’s shoulders.

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