THE STARS THAT SING
A tale of survival and unlikely friendships in the post-Break city of Lord Legion's Baltimore.
“There’s a music to the universe, you know. It’s there, if you can just learn to listen. A drumline echoing up from the earth, like a heartbeat at the center of the world. A melody of notes, dancing through the trees on tomorrow’s breeze, questioned and answered by the tiny harmonies of life unfolding in unique bursts of sound. And the stars…”
“What about them?”
For a long moment, William was quiet. CJ thought he might have drifted off to sleep, as he sometimes did, but eventually he spoke again, his deep voice quiet and almost reverent.
“Most of them are distant and silent things, quiet and ever-watchful,” he finally said, “but a few of them… a very few… long ago, they learned to sing.”
THE STORM IN HER SMILE
A bloody little job in the post-Break South, as the mercenary known as the Queen of Smiles goes hunting for payback. A glimpse into the life of one of See These Bones' breakout characters, in the days before she met Damian and became part of The Murder of Crows.
"There are worse places in the world than Mobile, Alabama, but I can count them on two hands and still have fingers left over. More rubble than city since Hurricane Carrie swept in out of the gulf—given direction and one hell of a push by a Weather Witch with an axe to grind—it’s a wonder that anything lives in the wreckage other than rats and roaches. But that’s the thing about humans; they’re survivors. If they weren’t, they’d never have gotten so damn good at killing."
A SURE THING
“Eighty years old if she’s a day, drinking from a cup that never runs out of tea, in front of a house that was old and decrepit when the Break hit. And nothing around her and that house for miles and miles but radiated wasteland."
The short story we've all been waiting for...
FIRE OF UNKNOWN ORIGIN
What happens when the dream you've worked your whole life for goes up in smoke?
A glimpse into the lives of the Free States' Ones and Twos, those Powers who failed to qualify as Capes, but whose efforts remain vital to keeping the country's infrastructure afloat.