Monsters, Warnings, and Urban Fantasy

Monsters, Warnings, and Urban Fantasy

“THERE you are.” Chalice’s happy chirp greeted me as I stepped inside and scuffed off those cheap uncomfortable sandals. The living room lights glowed dim through incense clouds. Outside, the windows cast warm illumination through remnants of evening mist. Clearly, Chalice was entertaining in the temple… which meant I wasn’t getting much sleep that night. “Rachel?” Oh crap. Luke. Chalice’s on-again-off-again “sacred soulmate” or whatever he was supposed to be that week. The scent of nag champa swirled in the entranceway as I shucked my backpack and retreated toward the kitchen. “Hi, Chalice,” I called, avoiding their love-nest. Maybe I could Read more »

Under an Enchanted Round Table

Under an Enchanted Round Table

What a beautiful evening it was. That brilliant sky-cathedral arced overhead like a gateway to eternity, sun sparkling across the waves, igniting them with Nature’s impossible passion for itself. Cascades of colors too rich for words to capture painted that sky and everything beneath it blazing. Some teenagers passed a Frisbee back and forth, their skins orange in the dusklight. A girl about my age did yoga in the sand. A pair of gray-haired dudes meandered like lovers, ankle-deep in surf. Far off, the buoys pitched and rolled, warning off the ships that slid through distant currents. Evening fog drifted Read more »