My Poisonous Friend – Ch.5


I heard the emptiness ahead before I could make out the shapes of the structures. I waited for a few minutes, watching, but the clinic and the apotekopoiia remained dark. Dr. Aemilia’s residential quarters were behind the clinic, while the records I wanted were in her private office, at the other end of the compound. If she was asleep there was little risk of me waking her.

Of course, I could have just asked the doctor for the records, but I doubted she’d give me access now that the case was officially closed. Besides, Aemilia had already given me the facts that made the official narrative awkward. If there really was a conspiracy around Julian’s death, she hadn’t known about it.

Or had she?

An original tale set in Okayado’s Monster Musume world.

Mark probes deeper into the circumstances of Julian’s death…and finds answers he didn’t want. Conclusion of “My Poisonous Friend.”

Mark and Madiyan return in the sequel to “In From the Cold”.

My Poisonous Friend – Ch.4


It was dark when I opened my eyes. Slow movement had awakened me. I kissed Yurilee lightly, and relaxed back into her coils.

We lay that way, wandering in our own thoughts. Something occurred to me.

“You don’t go to the village meetings, do you?”

“No, not for a long time.”

“Why not?”

She nuzzled my cheek. “I have had my daughters. Let the young women enjoy the village husbands. I get to have my students.”

“You have had many students, then.”

“Oh, yes. Almost every man in this village for the past…many years.”

I thought about that. “You’ve lost ‘playmates’ before.”

Yuri raised herself to look at me, demilunes dangling between her naked breasts. “I lose all of you, sweetbit. All the men come here to learn how to live with lamia. I teach you to have beautiful conversations with me, and I teach you my body. And then you all leave, because you belong to the village.

“Very few of my students come back after the lessons are done.” Her smile was wistful. “Julian came back to me.”

I didn’t say that Julian had come back because Yuri had books he needed. She already knew. Maybe he loved her, too. It didn’t matter now.

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A grim discovery, and a shocking revelation. Hearts are broken and apologies are made. The mystery is solved…or is it?

Mark and Madiyan return in the sequel to “In From the Cold”.

My Poisonous Friend – Ch.3


I don’t remember being carried into Aemilia’s clinic, those months ago when I arrived in the Lamia Islands. I had been drifting in and out of a morphine haze, arguing with myself whether I was dead or alive. I wasn’t too worried about being dead because there was already an angel leaning over me, with golden eyes and rainbows in her hair. Wherever I had ended up couldn’t be that terrible.

Then the painkillers wore off and it really was terrible. When breathing hurts, everything hurts. Each cough felt like a ribeye was being carved out of my chest. For a while, being alive seemed like a consolation prize that I’d’ve readily traded for a good cup of coffee and a long, breathless sleep.

But the angel was still there with me, with soothing hands and a siren’s voice that I couldn’t help but follow out of the darkness. The rainbows were real, too, teases of blue and pink and green that reflected from the mahogany scales of her tail and plekti. I’d focused on the colors while Aemilia wired the jagged ends of my rib back together. I’d followed them with blurry eyes during the painful weeks of therapy afterwards.

Now my knock brought a puzzled angel to the door…

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Mark and Yurilee hunt for Julian. To Mark’s delight, their search leads them to the lovely lamia doctor who stitched him back together when he first arrived.

Mark and Madiyan return in the sequel to “In From the Cold”.

Daily Life With A Lilim Chapter 25


Weeks have gone by since Natalie moved in with her brother and his girlfriend. In that time she has bonded with both and while she found a great many peculiarities about them that raised more than a few flags her diligent investigation ultimately had them passing the vibe check. But just as she felt her heart at ease with the idea of leaving her brother in the capable hands of his quirky girlfriend Stanley does what Stanley does best and decided it was the perfect time to launch a tactical ballistic missile at her peace of mind.

My Poisonous Friend – Ch.2


The hopeful flicker in Yurilee’s eyes stung me a bit. I knew we probably weren’t going to find Julian on the island. Well, maybe proving he was gone would bring her some comfort, instead of leaving her thinking that her former lover had ditched her and was taking pleasure with other lamia women. I didn’t know if she cared about such things. Maybe I just wanted assurance that I wouldn’t have to talk shop with the man again. That sounded good in my head.

“Mark.” Her eyes were somber green jewels. “Is it shameful that I want to speak with this man again? Do you forgive me for asking these things of you?”

“Yuri, you’re the most gracious person I’ve met since I’ve been here. And as much as I like having you to myself,” I teased, “I can’t tolerate disrespect to a lady. So let’s go to the town hall and see what they can tell us.”

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Yurilee wants a favor, and Mark reluctantly agrees. Madiyan is extremely pregnant. A mystery begins to unfold.

Mark and Madiyan return in the sequel to “In From the Cold”.

My Poisonous Friend – Ch.1


Khalil snorted. “You dirty old man. This is the right place for us.”

I laughed along with him, and envied his certainty. Beyond the Quarter, where men gathered amid the hoarded scraps of their old lives, the island and its inhabitants were still foreign to me. Hardly hostile, but it was obvious that the lamia villages were not designed by, or for, human men. I didn’t know where I fit. Was I retired now? I didn’t even know if I could really hold a job here.

Well, moving to an unfamiliar country is always challenging, and I’d survived culture shock before. It wasn’t like I could go back now. My old life was buried under a stone with my name on it, somewhere in a Virginia cemetery. I doubted that anyone had left flowers…

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Life in the Lamia villages has its pleasures…and its perils. Culture shock is only one of the many challenges in Mark’s new life.

Mark and Madiyan return in the sequel to “In From the Cold”.

Daily Life With A Lilim Chapter 24


Stanley and Ezraphel aid Natalie with moving into their abode and amidst the shenanigans brought on by their interesting relationship dynamic of the two siblings their recent estrangement, issues both unresolved and newfound and the looming specter of a terminal illness serves as a constant undercurrent of tension throughout the entire journey.

In From the Cold – Ch. 3


“Are they here to take me to the airport?” she whispered.

We hadn’t turned the cabin’s lights on.  I stood at the window facing the driveway and brushed the curtain aside, carefully.  “Not in that jeep, they aren’t.”  My neck stiffened as the vehicle’s interior lights flicked on.  “And not with those guns.”

Madiyan hissed something rapid and nasty.

“I don’t know what you said but I agree with you.  Come with me.”  I grabbed her hand and pulled her toward the kitchen.

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An unquiet night and unwelcome visitors. Mark makes a decision with lethal consequences. Conclusion to “In From the Cold.”

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Daily Life With A Lilim Chapter 23


Following an interruption that cancelled their date before it could even begin Stanley and Ezraphel venture to the hospital wherein the former receives news of his older sibling whom he hasn’t seen or contacted in almost a year. The news doesn’t sit well with him and in his demand for answers he might have made things worse.