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Dowser 7: chapter one, part one

January 9, 2018

The green-haired werewolf handed me a broken stick of bright-pink chalk, fishing a crumpled wad of paper out of her backpack and halfheartedly smoothing it out on her blue-Lycra-clad thigh. The fake leather backpack was dyed bright purple and adorned with puffy leather spikes, mimicking some sort of dinosaur. It clashed spectacularly with the lithe werewolf’s deep-green-dyed hair and orange T-shirt.

I had needled Kandy about the backpack when she’d shown up wearing it, just before she dragged me from the comfort of my apartment fifteen minutes before midnight, forcing me to jog to one of the many parks along Kitsilano Beach. But needing to deflect the tension I was feeling over the spell I had been asked to cast, I couldn’t resist teasing her again.

“So … did you lose a bet? Or what?”

Once again, Kandy refused to engage on the backpack topic. Instead, she offered me a deeply disapproving glower and the still-wrinkled piece of paper. Of course, I might have been reading the judgement into the look.

I glanced at the carefully printed design, noting the handwriting of both my grandmother, Pearl, and my mother, Scarlett. Apparently, I was now expected to chalk the ornate circle they had scribed on paper onto the seawall. At exactly midnight. With only a smoke-shrouded sliver of a moon overhead for light.

“Runes?” I moaned dejectedly. “I thought it was just supposed to be a simple circle. And, like, just standing here.”

Kandy shrugged her backpack-laden shoulder. “The witches decided you might need some help. You know, focusing.”

I eyed her snottily. “I’m one of the most powerful Adepts in North America. A renowned dowser and skilled alchemist. I can tear down wards with my bare hands!”

“And you bake the tastiest cupcakes,” Kandy said mildly. Then she glanced at her phone. “You’ve got ten minutes.”

Still grumbling under my breath about my magical prowess, I surveyed the well-worn concrete path under my feet. Then I glanced to either side of the seawall running along the edge of Kits Beach Park. The Maritime Museum was just a short distance away, but this part of the seaside park was pretty much just a wide stretch of trimmed, mostly brown grass. So other than a large-leafed chestnut tree to our left, we were standing out in the open.

The eclectic mix of homes across the swath of grass behind Kandy were mostly dark, though I could see that someone was watching TV in the uppermost window of a Spanish-villa-inspired converted triplex on the eastern corner.

Those houses along Ogden Avenue rarely came on the market, as teardowns or otherwise. Hence the mixture of architecture. Practically every decade since Vancouver had been established was represented in this one residential block, from the fairly modern sandstone-clad mansion on the western corner, to the untouched Cape Cod. Across from where I was supposed to be chalking a rune-marked witches’ circle, a recently painted Craftsman stood, which I vaguely remembered was one of Godfrey Properties’ long-term rentals.

So yeah, I was dithering. Over architecture.

CHAMPAGNE, MISFITS, AND OTHER SHADY MAGIC (DOWSER 7)

COMING JANUARY 18, 2018

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15 Comments leave one →
  1. Jacqueline Russell permalink
    January 9, 2018 12:25 PM

    I can’t wait until the 18th. I really love these little snippets, but you’re just mean to tease us! 😋

  2. Lou M permalink
    January 9, 2018 12:26 PM

    Too excited!!! Wanna spoil us all and release the book early?? That would be the best January present ever!! 😀 😀

    • January 9, 2018 12:31 PM

      Ha, ha. Unfortunately it is all locked in now.

  3. January 9, 2018 2:50 PM

    SO can’t wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😉

  4. Diana B permalink
    January 9, 2018 7:09 PM

    Thank you! Loved the snippet!

  5. Angie Manes permalink
    January 9, 2018 7:13 PM

    Super pumped to dig into Dowser7! So pumped, I pre-ordered one on Kindle AND one on iBooks….😂 Need to pay closer attention, Lol!! Love the teaser!

  6. Michelle Davis permalink
    January 9, 2018 7:26 PM

    Love the teaser can’t wait till the 18th. Got mine preordained and at the top of my list!!!! Just don’t km own what to read until the 18th….

  7. Kendall Jarish permalink
    January 9, 2018 9:15 PM

    Fantastic snippet, thank you for sharing it with us 😁

  8. Jeanie permalink
    January 9, 2018 11:38 PM

    Tickle, tickle, tease, tease, need more chocolate and dowser please!

  9. Amy F permalink
    January 10, 2018 8:52 AM

    Thank you for the teaser! Almost enough to hold me over another 9 days! XD

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