14 by Peter Clines

By Peter Clines

Padlocked doorways. unusual lighting fixtures. Mutant cockroaches.

There are a few extraordinary issues approximately Nate’s new house.

Of path, he has different issues on his brain. He hates his activity. He has no funds within the financial institution. No female friend. No plans for the longer term. So whereas his new domestic isn’t ideal, it’s livable. The lease is low, the valuables managers are pleasant, and the abnormal little mysteries don’t nag at him an excessive amount of.

At least, no longer until eventually he meets Mandy, his neighbor around the corridor, and notices anything strange approximately her house. And Xela’s condominium. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

Because each room during this outdated l. a. brownstone has a secret or . Mysteries that reach again over 100 years. a few of them are in simple sight. a few are in the back of locked doorways. And all jointly those mysteries might suggest the top of Nate and his acquaintances.

Or the tip of everything...

"A riveting apocalyptic secret within the variety of LOST."--Craig DiLouie, writer of THE an infection and THE KILLING FLOOR

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Junket is a previously arrested male prostitute and meant to continue these activities with full knowledge of his condition and its properties. ” hissed someone in the audience. ” The agent lowered badge and paper. “It is the Health Agency’s hope that any other mutstav victims will pay heed to the consequences of Mr. ” “He would’ve died soon anyway,” the woman added. ” “That was for him to decide,” hissed that same someone. “Not under the circumstances,” replied the man. “The hazardous nature of Mr.

In Punktown one might seriously stop and pick up such a thing to see if a foot were inside it. He nudged it and it seemed empty. A flattened cat, like a skinned hide, was camouflaged with the dead grass, but the tail was still roundish and he could feel it run through the hand of his mind, silky and alive. One tooth bared and unflattened in tiny defiance; a cat to the end. Maybe it was the ghost of this cat challenging another spirit that he had heard, Black fancied in self-amusement. ” “Shut up.

They would work this station together nearly every afternoon and evening, Bum and Philly, mostly to buy Philly his drugs, but that had been a happy six months. Bum was more lonely for those six months than for the year he had lived in Max’s cute apartment, with Max supporting him, keeping him off the streets…but ultimately stifling him, dominating him, denigrating him and the past he had “saved” Bum from. Fuck you, Mom, Bum thought at the memory. He ached now for Philly to be seated beside him, breaking up sandwich bread for the few city birds that found their way down here out of the rain or cold, joking with their friends, drinking coffee on Christmas Eve while they waited for the train that would take them across town to Philly’s mother’s house, while a street musician played carols on a beat-up old keyboard.

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