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Illustration by Isha Madhurendra

“Ladies and gentlemen! Wait wait… Calm down! We come in peace!”

Reid surveyed the crowd in front of him. The men had flooded out from the office building, holding baseball bats and pans. The women and children stayed back inside, peeking through the windows at the ongoing scene.

“Now now, you must be crazy to think your toys can beat this.” Reid pointed behind him, at his army of thwarters. Each one held a rifle or a pistol. “But we come with no intention of harm!”

“How did you find us?!” shouted a man with a cooking pan.

“A little birdie told us we’d find you next to Gladison Square!” announced Reid. “But now that little birdie is dead, her sacrifice will not go in vain.” …


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Daniel stood in the hall with his hands behind his head, balancing his weight on his left leg. The previous owners of the house had done a good job with the decor. A green rug spanned the middle of the wooden flooring. Three sofas, a light shade of brown, sat on three of the rug’s edges. In the centre was a dark-brown coffee table with a glass top. A fireplace hosted a bright burning flame. An air freshener hung on the wall from which wafted a smell of cypress. …


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Daniel sat in the backseat of a Chevrolet, his pistol trained on Jenna. She was driving the car on a winding mud road which weaved through the forest. The moonlight that filtered through the leaves wasn’t enough to see the road clearly. The headlights lit the path ahead, coating the trees with a dull yellow.

“I pictured more of an army jeep than an SUV,” Daniel commented. “You thwarters don’t have those?”

“We salvaged what we could find,” said Jenna.

The car went along slowly in silence, until Jenna decided to make conversation. …

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Jack of a few trades, master of some

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