BoaD: Chapter 2 No experience, no education, no work history, no references...not even a proof of residence. All reasons why every potential employer had shot down Reba's attempts to find a job. And who could blame them?, Reba mused darkly. She had barely managed to graduate high school, and she was only able to do that because of James' incessant prodding. College had never been an option, even if Reba had been inclined to continue her education. Between the two men who had been taking care of her after she left the public school system, James and Dimitri, she also had no reason to seek employment...if indeed there was any to be found in their one horse de
Just One MoreDalton & CrossPart One"Just One More" There had been no killing for years, nine years to be exact. She had remained dormant; many believed her to be dead. But the few who knew her well knew otherwise. In truth Reba lived above the shop of a tiny old Japanese woman in the very heart of the city. The building was a drab sparrow of a place, perfect for concealing the brilliant bird of prey that lived within it. Reba herself was like the building; like the three books on her crowded shelf that had been written about her: monotonous and unassuming, the ragged coverings belying the luminous and haunting secrets within. But for nine years
Back In BusinessDalton & CrossPart Two"Back In Business"STRING OF MURDERS BAFFLES POLICE proclaimed the front page of almost every newspaper in the state. Reba Dalton smiled smugly as she picked up the citys local paper and scanned the first page. She plunked a small handful of cash down on the newsstand top in front of the clerk. Hows it going, Charlie? Hows your wife? she asked as she leaned one denim-clad hip against the wooden shack. The old clerk slipped his thick coke bottle glasses onto his beak-like nose and blinked with watery eyes up at the woman. Just fine, just fine. And howre you li
Aislinn and Leija's Story The night had been long and arduous for Leija. Just as dusk was falling, the small gray mare had broken away from her grazing herd-mates and set off alone to the sheltered copse of trees that encircled the Sacred Herds birthing glen. This was to be her second foal; her first daughter was grown and in her fourth summer now. Her stallion, Sacred, the leader of the Sacred Herd, had bred her several times over the years, but only now had she been able to carry the foal for a full term. Still, Leija sensed there was something amiss within her. She had prayed to the goddesses of life and beseeched the gods of the heavens everyday since she f
Aislinn and The Herd The afternoon was quiet and still at the heart of Sacreds herdlands. The chestnut Medicine Hat stallion with his faded streaks of war paint stood under the shade of a large oak, keeping a keen blue eye trained on his grazing daughters. Somewhere, his only son was roaming the territory. And somewhere, he hoped, his lead mare had started the journey back from the birthing glen with a new addition to the herd. Fretfully, the stallion pawed at the ground and shook his mane. He had been waiting two full days for Leija to return. While he knew it was normal for a foaling mare to be gone for a few days, he still worried and pined after her.
The Edge of the World - Pt 1 A full cycle of seasons had passed since Aislinn first joined Sacreds heard. The dark gray filly with the white-striped legs had grown info a sleek coated yearling. Gone was the fragile foal Leija had taken under her wing. Though she was still small, at just under fifteen hands tall she was done growing in height. Of course she would still gain muscle mass and her mane and tail would eventually lengthen as the years passed, but for now she was still small and her mane and tail were still relatively short and wispy. The mare lay under the large oak in the center of Sacreds territory, enjoying the serenity that comes only with be