By Laura Resnick
The first e-book within the magical Esther Diamond secret series...
When mysterious mystical disappearances disrupt her occupation, suffering actress Esther Diamond groups up with Maximillian Zadok, an eccentric aged wizard whose day activity is maintaining ny from Evil. in the meantime, the attractive NYPD detective investigating the disappearances fears that Esther and Max could be a larger challenge than the vanishing performers.
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Men came walking to them. Soon she was out of familiar territory, but she wasn't concerned. She could defend herself if she needed to. Which was another part of the problem: her talent was an ugly, aggressive one, befitting her character, when she would have preferred an appealing, feminine one. She approached a huge mound. It looked like an ant hill, except that water was flowing down its slopes. She didn't trust this, but the trail led right by it on the way to the enchanted path. A huge insect came out to challenge her.
They lurched away, trying to escape, but they were carrying the nickelpedes with them. "How absolutely horrible," Karia murmured ecstatically. "Awful," Cube agreed, smiling. Soon the carnage had sunk under the surface and the water was calm. Karia resumed flight, crossed the river, and landed on the enchanted path on the other side. "I believe this is where we part," she said. "I now have a clear flight path home. " "A pleasure," Cube agreed. They shook hands. Then the centaur took off again, flying back across the river and up, up, away, into the sky.
Then she had an inspiration. " she exclaimed. " The plant wilted and shriveled and finally disappeared. She had named it, and thus nullified it. She was past the Challenge. But she wasn't off the drawbridge. She took another step, but found her way blocked by a stick. She didn't think it had been there before, but couldn't be sure. She took hold of it, to move it out of her way. And received a slight shock. "What a lovely piece of wood you are," she said with nasty irony, throwing it down. Then she was sorry to have been so rough and rude, even to a stick.