[excerpt] Basilisk


“Sanguine filth, showing off like that” Andrea flipped Micah off. Micah blew kisses back, lifted her legs so she was hovering on her stomach and lowered down until she was face to face with Andrea.

“Don’t hate me because I’m powerful” and she stuck out her tongue.

“We’re there,” Phe said, “What are we looking for?”

“Underwater reservoir, hidey-hole, anything that they would run to,” Andrea said, give us infrared.”

The floor erupted in waves of reds, yellows, and oranges, with the splashes of greens and blues. “Mostly sand.” Phe said, “the green and the blue are the tops of mountains mostly. There’s some water, but that’s at much higher elevations.”

“It looks pretty solid, making this area” Andrea marked the area from the furthest north to the lowest blue dots. “A kill zone.”

“The question now is what is doing the killing. Phe- to the lake” Micah, said “time for a swim.”


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