K. Ceres Wright

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.”


15 Comments

  1. S.A. Check

    September 14, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Wow – vivid description leading into the scene. I liked the rodent parade. I also liked the aspect of demon hunting and some of the old school details coupled with the prospect of downloading the house’s blue prints – applying new age technology to an ancient ritual.

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  2. T.K. Toppin

    September 14, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    Oh, gross. So vividly written, it’s like I could smell and see the environs right along with them. What’s this snippet from? Is it released, is it going to be, is it, is it?? 😀

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    • dohlman

      September 14, 2013 at 3:35 PM

      It’s from a paranormal romance I’m writing, yet untitled. And no, it hasn’t even been fully written yet. LOL

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  3. Tara Quan

    September 14, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Eeew… Awesome imagery. My skin is crawling. I’m with T.K.–Is the book out?

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    • dohlman

      September 14, 2013 at 3:37 PM

      Thanks, Tara. And unfortunately, no, it’s not out yet. Still writing…

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  4. Sue Ann Bowling

    September 14, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    The combination of medieval smells (and purpose for an alley) is in viivd contrast to downloading blueprints. But will the blueprints be current?

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    • dohlman

      September 14, 2013 at 10:33 PM

      HAHA! Good question! Thanks so much!

      Reply
  5. Laurel C Kriegler

    September 14, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Eeeew! Excellent descriptions. I’m blocking my nose…and mouth! Yuck!

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    • dohlman

      September 14, 2013 at 10:33 PM

      Thanks! I try to incorporate all the senses to make it richer.

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  6. JC Cassels

    September 15, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    Lovely descriptions for such a stomach-churning scene. I look forward to seeing how this project develops!

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    • dohlman

      September 15, 2013 at 2:22 AM

      Ha, thanks! I’ve tried to achieve lovely descriptions of stomach-churning scenes ever since I read Neuromancer.

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  7. Heidi Ruby Miller (@heidirubymiller)

    September 18, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Wonderful description and world-building, Ceres. Very atmospheric!

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    • dohlman

      September 18, 2013 at 3:40 PM

      Thanks, Heidi!

      Reply

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