April < — ||
“Us pixies gotta make do with #ragpicking and ratting,” she spat.
“That’s why you took the gnome?” Ashton asked.
“He was trespassing!”
“If they promise to stop, will you agree to release him?” Darby asked.
“Mostly. He may have lost a finger, or two, along the way.”
“The water spirits are fighting,” Darby said.
“Happens with the #rainwater floods, when they get washed into each other,” Ashton said.
“They could try to get on.”
“Your home is flooded and you have to bunk with your territorial neighbors, how well would you react?”
“Evanora #baked for you again,” Ashton said.
“We might be partners, but that doesn’t give you the right to open my post,” Darby grumbled.
“When are you going on a date with the witch?”
“Or know everything about my personal life.”
“Fine, but you’re sharing the scones.”
“I thought you’d like this writer,” Ashton said.
“Their portrayal of the supernatural is pure #bathos,” Darby said.
“I have no idea what that means, but it sounds terrible.”
“You’d think a vampire would do better.”
“Might be pandering to the humans.”
“Don’t start that #argle-bargle again!” the woman said.
“What are they arguing about?” Ashton asked.
“Why did you call us?” Darby asked.
“She put a spell on ’em!”
“Dump a tub of saltwater on them.”
“Even if there’s not a spell it’ll get them to stop.”
“Something’s eating #horses in Bodmin Moor,” Ashton said.
“Might be a púca, a shapeshifter.”
“Why would one eat horses?”
“There have been cases of them doing it as retaliation against humans.”
“Why go after the horses?”
“Smart shifter, then.”
May 7th – June 14th : Hiatus
“There was a carrel hidden in the back of the library, and that’s where we found the warlock’s tome,” Darby said to the detective.
The detective looked to Ashton, who just shrugged. “I don’t know half the words he uses. Just nod and write it down the best you can.”
“They’re the most likely suspects,” Ashton said
“The morgens haven’t drowned anyone in a century. Now they cultivate their #benthos gardens for scuba tours, or to sell to aquariums. Why risk it?” Darby asked
“We’ll just have to poke around to figure that out, won’t we?”
“How could they do something on this scale?”
“Though it’s rare, sometimes shadow people will #constellate to form a larger entity to attack a victim.”
“Wonderful,” Ashton muttered. “Priest, medium, or necromancer?”
Darby looked around at the wreckage. “All three?”
“Lamias tend to…#ingurgitate children,” Darby said, nearly choking on the word.
“Hence why they’re almost extinct.,” Ashton said.
“I thought they were only in Greece, though?” the shaking woman asked.
“Most, but not all.”
“Lucky us,” Ashton replied sourly.
“Evanora wanted me to give you this,” Darby said, handing over the necklace.
“What is it?”
“A protection #periapt, or charm.”
“I’m touched she’s concerned for me,” Ashton said, then; “Did you finally take her on a date?”
“That’s none of yours.”
“That’ll be a yes.”
Prompt: None — seems they skipped a day
“The Oreads keep to the #submontane, or lower slopes, of mountains,” Darby explained.
“So they’re more likely to run into people,” Ashton said.
“Yes. If they’ll speak with us, they might be helpful in finding our murderer.”
“Let’s hope they’re feeling chatty, then.”