“Everything is Perfectly Fine” – Part 2

First time reading? Start at the beginning here. This time, the meeting was on Val’s turf. And by turf, she meant a lakefront house that her family owned and used to visit when she and her sisters had been children. She stood in the living room in front of floor-to-ceiling windows that looked out overContinue reading ““Everything is Perfectly Fine” – Part 2″

“FUBAR” – Part 8

Val didn’t pour herself another gin and tonic. She put the empty glass to her lips and leaned back her head, getting a small swallow of melted ice with just a hint of flavor. No more alcohol. She was going to need every fraction of her brainpower to stay alive. She gazed around the room,Continue reading ““FUBAR” – Part 8″

“FUBAR” – Part 7

Dave was starting to like the concrete floor. Sure, it was hard against his skull and back, pressing each link of chain further into his flesh. And yeah, it was filthy. But letting his muscles go slack as he rested on it felt like a little slice of heaven. He didn’t know how long he’dContinue reading ““FUBAR” – Part 7″

“FUBAR” – Part 6

Val would have given anything to leave the room, but she forced herself to stay. For one thing, she’d lose Blueblood’s respect if he thought the Black Valentine couldn’t stomach watching someone get tortured. But more importantly, this was her fault. She hadn’t been able to break through Dave’s mental shields, so she could atContinue reading ““FUBAR” – Part 6″

“FUBAR” – Part 5

Walter Franke sat in the small interrogation room, comfortable in the way of a man who’d been in this situation a thousand times before. It didn’t matter that he’d never stepped foot into this particular room before today, or that he’d never met the supervillain handcuffed to the table across from him. Everything about thisContinue reading ““FUBAR” – Part 5″

“FUBAR” – Part 4

Dave had been ready the first time. Even half-conscious, it hadn’t been hard to figure out their plan when he saw the tub of water they’d brought into the room. Dave wouldn’t call water his “weakness” exactly, but it was something his super-strength didn’t protect him from. Beating him was a good way to breakContinue reading ““FUBAR” – Part 4″

“FUBAR” – Part 3

Val was a telepath, and telepaths who survived learned to control their emotions. Dave’s gaze found hers, though his eyes were unfocused. As she took in the purple bruises on his face and the way he swayed even though he wasn’t standing, she ruthlessly stomped down on the emotion welling up in her stomach. SheContinue reading ““FUBAR” – Part 3″

“FUBAR” – Part 2

Val stepped out of the car, glancing up and down the seedy Chicago street. It was dark, and the area looked deserted, but that didn’t mean no one was watching. Val crossed the sidewalk quickly, her heels stepping over crumpled bags of chips and cigarette butts, two bodyguards right behind her. She telepathically scanned theContinue reading ““FUBAR” – Part 2″

“Don’t Let David Puebla Die” – Part 7

Dave opened the stairwell door to find Joey Giordano, Madame Morphine, and another goon coming up the steps. The four of them stared at each other for a fraction of a second before all hell broke loose. The goon started shooting, and Dave yelled at the others to run. Chung and Attwater pulled Puebla backContinue reading ““Don’t Let David Puebla Die” – Part 7″

“Don’t Let David Puebla Die” – Part 6

Moreen walked down the hallway slowly. Ostensibly, she was taking her time so she could observe every detail of her surroundings. In reality, she wanted to spend as much time outside of their rooms as reasonably possible. Every second was a blissful reprieve. Moreen had barely been able to handle one roommate in college; nowContinue reading ““Don’t Let David Puebla Die” – Part 6″