February 23 2017

From Riley Adams Keeps it Together 

 “You think I would joke about something like this?” Riley replied as they both looked up at the giant reptile currently blocking traffic.

    Artemis shook her head. “No, but I mean, come on. A dragon is a little out there, even for H City. I didn’t think they were real.”

    Riley raised her eyebrows at that. “You never seen one in any dimension you’ve been to?”

    “No, this is a new one even for me.”

         “What?! You mean I finally stumped the great interdimensional adventurer Artemis Bly?”

          Artemis shrugged with grin. “Nobody’s perfect.” 

    “There goes my hope that you’d have some insight into this situation,” Riley said. “Oh well, I guess we’re figuring this out together.” 

February 22 2017

From Riley Adams Keeps it Together

Riley heard footsteps behind her and turned in time to see Artemis Bly skid to a stop next to her. Artemis was clad in her beloved brown duster with her trusty laser rifle slung over one shoulder. She used one finger to push up her newsboy cap as she looked up at the dragon. She let out a low whistle. “You weren’t joking about the dragon, mate.”

February 21 2017

From Riley Adams Holds it Together 

This was it, Riley Adams thought. After years of working as paranormal investigator in a city that was constantly trying to destroy itself she’d finally found her breaking point. She’d fought werewolves and yetis and poltergeist. She’d traveled through time and across dimensions. She dealt with magic and mad scientists and gods. But this? This was too much even for Riley Adams. 
As she looked up at the rather perturbed looking dragon currently blocking the intersection of Jemison and Rubin, Riley thought that if she made it out of this alive it might time to get out of the game. She’d heard NASA was looking for Mars colonists and that sounded like an absolutely brilliant retirement plan. 

February 20 2017

From Artemis Bly Saves History

Darcy threw a final punch to take out the last guard and AJ peered out the door. “Coast is clear!” She turned back around. “What’s the plan here? Sneak back or run for it?”

Darcy and Artemis looked at each other. One look at Darcy’s grin and Artemis knew what she was thinking. “Run for it,” Artemis said.

Mattie laughed. “Never a dull moment with you guys.”

Artemis looked out the door and plotted a course for the gate. “Here goes nothing!” She took off at a sprint with Dary at her heels and AJ and Mattie following close behind.

As she ran, Artemis was expecting to be persued at any second but apparently no one had heard their ruckus in the radio room. They made it out the gate where the guard was still knocked out and into the grove of trees without incident.

February 12 2017

From Riley Adams vs the Weather 

Riley grimaced and wondered, not for the first time, what it must be like to have a normal job like a lawyer or an astronaut or a theoretical physicist. Those guys had it easy, she thought. They didn’t have to deal with mad scientists who wanted a snow day.

 

 

 

 

 

February 8 2017

From Artemis Bly Saves History

Artemis used her screwdriver to pull the front panel off the radio. She took a deep breath. She only had one shot at installing her MacGuyvered relay. Mattie and Darcy were doing a bang up job taking out every soldier who came their way but she knew reinforcements would be on the way. One shot and she had to work fast.

The brief falter in her confidence must have shown on her face because she heard AJ’s voice from somewhere to her left call, “You can do it, Marty!”

Artemis grinned. Of course that worked. “Thanks!” She called back, picking up her Swiss Army knife again.

“Anytime!” AJ replied, still holding her post at the door. “I love you!”

“Love you too, dork!”

Artemis blocked out everything around her and went to work. She could do this. It was just another engineering problem to solve. Nothing to it.

February 5 2017

From Artemis Bly Saves History

Artemis looked up from her work for a brief second to see Mattie trading blows with the guard. She couldn’t help but notice that Darcy was watching and looked quite obviously impressed when Mattie managed to knock the guy out cold. Artemis shook her head, grinning to herself as she turned back to the radio.

 

January 25 2017

From Riley Adams Doubles Down 

“Oh good, you’re here,” AJ said when Riley and Mattie reached her.

“Something go down?” Riley asked.

AJ shook her head. “No, and I’m bored. I forgot that stakeouts are boring when I don’t have you to annoy.”

Riley rolled her eyes. “So glad I could be your source of entertainment.”

 

 

January 22 2017

From Riley Adams Doubles Down

Riley lead Mattie through the cemetery, careful to avoid the main path.

“Should I be worried about how well you know the cemetery?” Mattie asked, half joking.

“You do know what I do for a living, right?” Riley replied. “You can’t be a paranormal investigator without knocking over a few gravestones.”

“You stole that from one of those motivational posters, didn’t you?”

 

January 20 2017

From Riley Adams Doubles Down

As she drove toward the cemetery Riley could tell something was off with Mattie. She had become quiet, with a look of fierce determination on her face.

“Everything okay, Cervantez?” Riley asked.

“Maybe. Depends on what Howell’s been doing.”

“You don’t think he’s dirty, do you?”

Mattie shrugged. “I don’t know what to think at this point. I want to think he’s clean but right now it’s not looking so good.”

“For your sake I hope he’s clean. I know what’s it’s like to have your partner betray you and it sucks. I wouldn’t want you to go through that.”

Mattie managed a small smile. “Thanks, Adams.”

“Besides,” Riley added, parking the car, “if  he did double cross you I’ll have to kick his ass and that’s more work than I really want to do today.”

Mattie rolled her eyes. “You’re such a pal.”