Calandra de’Medici, demon hunter, leads her first banishing, which goes awry:
The stench of excrement hung in the air, filling the narrow alley that ended at the side of a large Victorian house. Graffiti tattooed the brick walls, marking the turf of the Migo Nation. Tendrils of mist curled around the fetid odor, and rats and roaches crawled from their recesses and covered the walls and trash bins that lined the alley. The rodents moved in long, sinuous trails as they marched along, their destination the source of recent troubles.
Calandra de’ Medici and Gina Boveri paused and watched the parade, transfixed for a moment, before Calandra broke the silence.
“It’s here,” she whispered. Static charged the hair on her arms and back of her neck, forcing it on end.
“I’ll call the others,” Gina said.
Cal pulled the lavender-scented bandana up to her nose.
“Tell them to hurry, and download the blueprints to this house.”