|I really need to make more dragon pictures . . . with a name like dragondoodle I am totally not living up to my name|
Cursed - Chapter 10I really had no idea where we were going but it seemed like Evan was directing me for a good two hours into the middle of freaking no-where. Twisty mountain roads were not my favorite actually but the scenery was very beautiful. Evan and I had a lot to talk about, although most of it involved work related tracking tactics and sharing war stories. Evan definitely topped me on the weird o’meter with his tales, but how could dealing with magic infused items NOT be weird? All in all it was a very pleasant drive.
“Ah, here we are.” He grinned as we rounded yet another bend. The sun was starting to get low and the shadows hid what looked like some sort of ski lodge. The sign said “Mountain Valley Inn and Resort”.
“A ski resort? It’s not even the right season for that, is it open?”
“Yes it’s open!” He sounded insulted, “I made reservations and everything. It’s a really nice place and it’s on the way to our eve
Cursed - Chapter 1I opened the door to S & M Bond Age with a sigh and roll of my eyes. The owner was a real card and thought the name was incredibly clever, I kept trying to convince him he’d get more business if he’d change. Maybe I was wrong, but I really hated having to send out the forms to the IRS with that name on it every time. The owner looked up at the ring of the bell on the door and gave me a smile, “Hey Nate. Hear your lovely partner got the runner for me last night.” He smiled and pulled out his check ledger. “I’d like to give her my thanks in person one of these days.”
“Yeah . . . I’ll make sure to tell her. She’s a busy woman though, Jeff.” I tried not to shudder at how he was leering as he talked about my partner. “I’m here for the check for her hard work though, she did do an awesome job on this one. Very clever catch.”
Jeff laughed and started writing out the check, “So I hear. She’s a brigh
Cursed - Chapter 2I arrived at S & M Bond Age as quickly as I could get through the crowds on the street. Jeff was sitting behind his desk with a file in hand. “Hey Nate, you weren’t kidding at how close you were.” He chuckled and handed the file to me along with the certification for permission to hunt the bail jumper down. “Your target is Donald McGilligan. The guy is accused of stealing jewelry from a private collection of one of the local jewelry stores. He got bailed out as soon as it was possible by a third party and then didn’t show up for court this morning.” Jeff sighs, “Big bond too, I need this guy back. There’s also a bounty on what he allegedly stole.” His mouth twitched in a grin. “If you find it you’d better give me a little percentage of it.” He showed me the amount and I whistled appreciatively. “Now it may be that this guy had nothing to do with the robbery, but you know what we say . . .”
Cursed - Chapter 3I woke up disoriented, the sun was low enough that it was hitting me in the eyes. I squinted and then shifted slightly. The couch wasn’t that big but both of us managed to fit on it by being very close to each other. I felt Micah’s soft fingers stroking my cheek and I mumbled out, “I thought you weren’t going to let me fall asleep.” I tried to determine the time but relaxed a bit when I realized that my watch hadn’t gone off.
“You looked so sweet. I didn’t have it in my heart to awaken you.” She tugged on my lower lip and pouted. “You also seemed to need the sleep.”
I sighed. She was right about me needing the sleep, but it was just too close a call. I couldn’t afford to fall asleep in the company of someone I barely knew. Despite the fact that I’d just had sex with her. I closed my eyes and groaned inwardly, not believing that I’d just done that. Multiple times in one afternoon. Her office was a bit of
Cursed - Chapter 4The night had been long and horrible and when I finally gave up on trying to sleep it was only 8am. I took a look at myself in the mirror and I looked like I belonged in a Zombie movie as one of the title monsters. I dug through my medicine cabinet and found the makeup that Ms. Rose had made me purchase a while ago. I grabbed the concealer. Normally I wouldn’t wear makeup even as a woman, but I refused to go out with the luggage under my eyes. It took a second and suddenly I looked less tired. Neat trick with just some peach colored grease. Guess being a woman half the time was a little bit of an advantage.
I stretched and went to my closet. I was meeting Micah at 11:30 downtown at some restaurant that was probably really high end and classy. I sighed. It was probably the last time I’d be seeing her, I suspected that after I told her that it was possible that her employee was dead our little “relationship” was going to be over. I might as well dress up for the b
Cursed - Chapter 5I made sure not to doze off this time but it was a close call given how worn out the woman made me and how tired I was to begin with. As it was, holding her in my arms as we both rested from our latest exertions (I’d lost count at some point) was quite possibly the most comfortable place in the world. Didn’t hurt that the bed was wonderfully plush and soft, far more comfortable than the couch in her office by far.
Micah’s voice was mumbled and content, “Mmmm . . . that was fantastic. I may have to recover for a while before I’ll be able to walk.”
I stroked her cheek, “You kept telling me to go harder. I didn’t want to hurt you.”
She grinned. “You didn’t. It was great.” She nuzzled into my chest and made a sound like a purr.
I snorted then sighed. “Alas. I have to get going, Micah.” I kissed her forehead “I’ve got things I need to do.”
She pouted and snuggled up to me. “Leaving ag
Cursed - Chapter 6I woke up slowly, my arm throbbing. I was restrained by the wrists and ankles and I could smell the distinct odor of rotten teeth and fermenting food. I opened my eyes and faced the man who was obviously going to kill me eventually. I hoped it would be sooner than later.
He grinned, showing his nasty teeth, “Ah, nice of you to wake up again. Now, let’s start with a question you can answer. Name?” He poked my broken arm through the splint he must have put on it.
“AHHH! Nathan! Nathan Landis!”
He poked my arm again. “That’s not a woman’s name . . . what do you call yourself in this form?”
“GAH! FUCK! Laura Stygian!” I shuddered when the pain stopped.
“Good girl. Now then, tell me where the jewels are.”
“I don’t know! I was about to find out when you got me!”
“Wrong answer.” Out of nowhere some sort of hot looking needle appeared in front of my face, “Tell me after you tell me
Cursed - Chapter 7The first thing I did was reach for the gun I didn’t have. The second thing I did was rush out to the main room and then stop, nearly vibrating with the desire to run to my mother’s rescue, but I stopped because I didn’t know how to get to her and help.
Shit. That fucker had my mother. I was NOT going to let that slid. Magic fucking thug or not I had to get her away from him! I turned back to Micah, my face contorted with the absolute desire for action and retribution. “Micah, I’ve got to save her.”
“You can’t go right this second.” She put a calming hand on my arm. “Besides, you’re the reason he went after her in the first place.”
I pulled my arm away, “All the more reason for me to go! She doesn’t deserve to suffer for me anymore!” I grabbed Micah’s arms with both hands, “Damnit Micah! Give me a gun and make one of those portal things and get me to my mother!”
Cursed - Chapter 8Evan arrived with the healer, who turned out to be a short middle aged woman with dark hair. She smiled at me, “Ah. Good to see you up and about young man.”
“Thanks. You did a good job.”
“Of course. So, I hear I’ve got another patient?”
“Yeah. She got hit by a blast from an exploding car.”
It was quite interesting to see the healer at work. My mother’s scratches and bruises disappeared as a glow came from the healer’s hands. She was done in a remarkably short amount of time. I wondered how long it had taken to deal with my injuries. Probably a lot longer.
I smiled at the healer when she was finished, “Thank you . . . uhm . . .”
“No names.” She smiled back, “Best if I don’t know who you are and that you don’t know who I am.”
I looked over at Evan quizzically and he chuckled, “Let’s just say she’s doing the healing as a favor for Micah and her real employers
Cursed - Chapter 9I heard a whooshing sound and suddenly a voice from in front of me spoke, “Ruzanna Ganayan! Leave him alone right now!”
I opened my eyes and was relieved to see Evan standing directly behind my landlady with his gun at her head, arm around her neck. She dropped her gun and was shaking. “Leave me alone you freak! I was just trying to help! You know as well as I do what The Organization will do to him!” She tried to get loose but Evan had a tight grip on her, despite the fact that she seemed to be trying to cast spells on him. I could almost see the power bouncing off him.
He grinned, “No, they won’t do anything to him because I’m going to have a little talk with them about that.” He dropped Ms. Rose down and walked over to me after kicking her gun far out of her reach, “You okay?”
I nodded, “Thanks for answering the phone.”
Evan snorted, “Anytime. Can you stand?”
I staggered to my feet, “Sort of, s