“There are things that go bump in the night, Mr. MacMillian. It’s my job to bump back.”
Private investigator Jesper MacMillian was sure he’d seen it all. After all, in a city like San Francisco, strange is what’s for breakfast. Following a long recovery after a horrific accident, his life is finally the way he wants it- or at least, close enough. The only monsters on his radar are the ones that keep him awake at night.
All that changes the day he meets Lena Alan.
Before MacMillian has a chance to brace for impact, Lena drags him into a world where monsters aren’t just real, they’re hiding in plain sight. Suddenly, everything he knows is suspect, starting with his current case. For Lena, a medium since childhood, it’s just another day at the office.
For MacMillian, it’s the beginning of the end of everything he thinks he knows.
Lena snapped her fingers in front of his face. “Hey. Earth to Jimmy. I don’t host pity parties here. Maybe your grandma was on to something, maybe not. Regardless, I think we have a bigger problem.”
He gave her a blank look.
She rolled her eyes. “Somebody killed you, you lug.”
Jimmy grimaced. “Right.”
“Any idea who it was?”
He thought for a moment. “No. Never saw their face. Don’t even remember what happened, really. Not until, well, you know.” He winced down at his chest.
Lena fought back a shudder. “Yeah, I’d probably try to forget that, too. But think for a second. If you can tell me where your body is, maybe we can figure out who killed you. At the very least, I can get it back to your family. They’ll probably want to give you a proper send-off, right?”
“Yeah.” His eyes started to shimmer. “Yeah, they probably will.” He paused, and his gaze sharpened. “Hey, you can give them a message for me, right?”
“Sure.” Lena pulled her robe tighter. “I could do that.”
“Just, I dunno, tell my folks I love them. And tell my brothers to quit giving our dále such a hard time. And maybe you could tell my mamío-” He stopped. A confused look flitted across his features.
Lena waited. “Yes?”
Jimmy’s lips parted. “What the…”
Lena took a step forward. “Jimmy?”
But he wasn’t looking at her anymore. He stared off into the Veil, mesmerized by something she couldn’t see. Then his eyes went wide. Horror infused his face. He dropped into a crouch and covered his head with his hands. “No! Go away! I don’t want- just leave me alone!”
Lena strengthened her shields. At the same time, she reached out. Energy was all over the room: Jimmy’s, hers, even energy from the last couple who had lived there. She could feel it when she focused, crackling all around her like a broken net of superheated thread.
She gathered each individual strand, willed the energy to flow into her. Her hands started to tingle. “Jimmy? Just stay close to me. I can protect-”
Jimmy’s eyes rolled back in his head. He let out a shriek that chilled her to her core, and disappeared.
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