Rykie Belles lives in Atlanta, where she has received many traffic tickets and lost two separate bouts on the Write Club Atlanta stage. In her other life she is a musician at renaissance festivals across the Southeast. Her first name rhymes with “sticky.” Find her on Twitter @withaykie.
Something knocks on the door. Esther, dreaming, would like to ignore it. Instead, she blinks awake and grabs her shotgun, because dead things typically call for bullets, not spell work, and whatever wants inside her home is certainly dead.
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