Young Myla and Lincoln Kick Ass and Take Names in This Prequel Novella for REAPER GAMES!A part-demon girl fights Lady ReaperMyla Lewis is a sixteen-year-old part-demon girl who fights evil souls in Purgatory’s Arena… and she’s always looking out for a good battle against evil. Enter Lady Reaper, the famous ghoulette who wields both a scythe and nefarious intentions. Myla discovers Lady Reaper will soon visit the Demon Woods ‘ride’ at Purgatory’s Annual Lust Festival. Time to visit the fest, kick ass and take names, right? Wrong. Lady Reaper has other plans for Myla and her bestie, Cissy…A part-angel prince faces the Grim ReaperLincoln is a seventeen-year-old part-angel prince who protects humans from the denizens of Hell. On a routine trip to Earth, Lincoln uncovers clues that his best friend, Walker, might be allied to an evil ghoul named the Grim Reaper. Things go downhill from there…
***A 20,000-word novella***
Publisher Note: Originally, LADY REAPER was a full novel. However, the author fell ill with COVID and gave us this prequel novella instead. We have since locked Ms. Bauer into the basement with a charger cord, MacBook Pro and carton of Theraflu. Therefore, the full and epic conclusion of this story will definitely be delivered in the next release, REAPER GAMES.
Myla – Age Sixteen
I call to Mom. “Walker forgot his satchel!”
Fresh clanks sound from the kitchen as Mom replies: “Set the bag aside, Myla. Walker can grab it later.”
“Sure thing.” I haul out the satchel. Along the way, I spy a sheet of paper poking from the bag. One word is scrawled across the top: Danger!
Setting the satchel aside, I resolve to leave Walker’s private things alone.
Ten seconds pass.
An idea occurs.
The paper says, danger, and it’s written in Walker’s bold script. What if my honorary older brother is in peril? If he ever got hurt, I’d never forgive myself.
In fact, the more I think about this, it’s clearly my responsibility to look through Walker’s stuff. The TV repeats a line about today’s ghoul friend.
“Be like Lady Reaper,” says the announcer. “Help those you love, who are, of course, ghouls.”
As instructed by my undead overlords, I decide to help my favorite ghoul and pull the sheet from the satchel. Under the word danger, Walker’s written more notes.
Regina and Grim reaper ‘saved’ millions of souls in 1857. Only, there’s no sign of ghosts from that year moving to Heaven or Hell. Plus, those spirits never passed through a ghost tower.
Everyone in Purgatory knows how we process ghosts. Millions of souls died in 1857. For so many to disappear, someone must’ve routed them out of our ghost towers and into a homemade storage system. Which happens. Some humans hoard cats, other quasis do the same with souls. Not cool, but that’s why we have police. I read on.
I suspect the Reapers are behind all this.
To highlight his point, Walker underlines the entire sentence.
I make my classic shock face: brows up, chin down, and my mouth stretching to the max length possible while keeping my lips closed. I turn that sentence over in my mind.
I suspect the Reapers are behind all this.
Didn’t I just see Lady Reaper on TV? She’s the ghoul friend of the freaking day. And while my overlords sing her praises, Lady Reaper and her husband may be hoarding souls somewhere—and preventing them from a proper afterlife. I read on.
Regina Reaper visits Purgatory once every year on the first day of the annual Lust Festival. She hides in the Demon Woods ride.
At this point, it’s tempting to rub my palms together and go mwhah hah hah. The Lust Festival takes place in two weeks. After reading these notes, I’m pretty sure it’s my duty to go there and track down Lady Reaper. You know, for Walker.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Christina Bauer thinks that fantasy books are like bacon: they just make life better. All of which is why she writes romance novels that feature demons, dragons, wizards, witches, elves, elementals, and a bunch of random stuff that she brainstorms while riding the Boston T. Oh, and she includes lots of humor and kick-ass chicks, too.
Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.
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