Barrett has lived almost his entire life cast as the monstrous villain, so imagine his surprise when the strangest Fairy God Mother out there calls on him to protect one of her charges. Not being able to control his other half used to be his biggest problem, but with Lynni in the picture, everything has turned upside down.
Lynni has always known that her destiny was grim because she was different than the rest of her people, but she’d decided long ago to try and make a difference in the world—then she meets Dori and is shocked to find out that nothing is as it appears.
Can these two outsiders navigate the draw they have to each other while trying to out run the roles the rest of the world has given them? Dori will do all she can to make sure they get a second chance, and there’s very little that can keep a goth fairy from getting what she wants.
Lynni stared out the window as they pulled out of the parking lot. She seemed quieter than usual, but maybe she just wasn’t used to confrontation. They were stopped at the intersection when a loud thunk sounded against the passenger side of the car, immediately followed by several more.
“What the hell?” Dori yelled as another assailant threw themselves against the door, looking at Lynni as if it had a personal vendetta against her. “Is that a goose ramming the car?”
Indeed, it was, they were stopped at a light and a gaggle of Canadian geese were angrily flapping their wings and honking up a storm. They pecked at the window and side mirror in a display she’d never seen before.
“What’s happening, what do they want?” Lynni screeched. She had to know they couldn’t get through the glass … could they? But it seemed her instincts still had her leaning away from the furious birds.
“Wow…” Dori laughed when one of them jumped up onto the hood and began to tussle with a windshield wiper. “These birds have a lot of rage! Aren’t they cute?”
Lynni looked over at her like she’d lost her mind, but as adorable as these spazzy birds were, she loved this car, so clearly something had to be done. “I don’t want to hurt it, let me just shoo him off the car.” She pulled over to park in front of a building that was being renovated.
Dori didn’t want to alarm the other woman, but there was something hinky about these geese and it was more than just their attitudes. Actually, their attitudes were pretty much normal for the angry little bastards, but it was the intense focus of their rage that had her suspicious. Especially since the woman they seemed to be zeroed in on, through her own admission, had a soft spot for all creatures, even the extra stabby types like kelpies. So, the odds of her doing something to offend the entire goose nation were slim to none. There was odd magic in the air again, and Dori didn’t know exactly what it was, but twice in one day couldn’t be a coincidence. Was there a magical douche canoe out there gunning for her therapist?
“Hey,”—Dori tried to sound casual as she watched those feisty feathered bandits go rabid—“you don’t have some kind of goose feud going on that I should know about, do you?”
Mother did always say it was important to do your due diligence before jumping to conclusions.
“What?” Lynni yelped again. “No! Animals usually love me, ahhh! Why are they so angry?”
Good question. Those geese were going at the djinn as if she slept with their boyfriend on prom night. Were they some kind of assassin geese?
It was imperative she find out, not only because this was weird as fuck, but also, if someone was breeding and training attack geese, then Dori may have just found the perfect birthday gift for her Grams.