Black Friday is here and we’re discussing the season with Eric Asher’s Damian Valdis Vesik from This Broken World.
An ocean of darkness lives in the journal of Philip Pinkerton. Ancient things with no place in our world are rising from the Abyss. Ezekiel, the arrogant, mad god has called us into battle. Does he think we can’t touch him, or does he know we can’t? I wish I knew. The world’s only hope lies in a forgotten weapon, the strength of our allies, and one necromancer of questionable ancestry. Yeah, this is going to end well.
Make sure you stick around to the end. We’ll be giving away a signed paperback of choice from the Vesik series.
I looked out across the sea of people and cringed. Flashes of leather and fur and cries of children pummeled my senses. Someone tripped me and I fell face-first onto the marble battlefield. I softened the blow with my forearm, barely keeping my precious cargo out of the filth. I picked myself up, wincing at the pain in my arm and grinding my teeth.
“You okay?” Foster asked.
I glanced at the fairy hovering over my shoulder, wishing he’d draw the sword sheathed between his black and white atlas moth wings to cut a bloody path out of this hall of horrors.
“Uh, Damian? You’re looking at me kind of funny.”
A third box went down, caught in the clutches of some small creature whose coat seemed stitched from blood and marshmallows, and then a fourth vanished. Only one remained. I shouted, letting the battle cry echo around me as I dove for the last box of ribbon candy. “It is not this day!”
One of my pink-clad foes leapt away from me. I heard her venom-filled whispers. “What’s wrong with that guy, Mommy?”
“He’s probably off his medication like your Uncle Norbert, dear.”
I ignored the taunts of my enemies and their irritated parents as the slick cellophane crinkled beneath my fingers, and raised my prize in victory.
With conquest firmly gripped between my fingertips, I raised the precious cargo clutched in my other hand, and stuffed half the Auntie Anne’s pretzel into my mouth.
“Victory is sweet,” I said around a mouthful of glorious dough.
“It’s a cinnamon and sugar pretzel you nut,” Foster muttered.
“You don’t understand.” I paid for the ribbon candy and turned back to Foster as we walked away. “You don’t show up to a gift exchange without ribbon candy for Zola. It could end in blood.”
“She’s a little more reasonable than that,” Foster said.
“Oh really? Ask Sam about the Great Candy Shortage.”
“It’s a thing. Two years in a row we couldn’t find this stuff.” I shook the box. “Two holidays of grumpy Zola. You’ve never seen such horror.”
“I just watched you dive through a crowd of people for a box of candy.”
“It sounds kind of stupid when you put it like that.”
I looked back at the battlefield, the conquered people still waiting in lines … the screaming kids … and the vacant display of ribbon candy. I took another bite of pretzel and looked at Foster. “I hate Black Friday.”
“Then why … why do you drag me out here every year?”
I shrugged. “Tradition.” I tore a little piece of cinnamon sugar dough off for him and smiled. “And pretzels.”
Meet Eric Asher!
Eric is a former bookseller, guitarist, and comic seller currently living in Saint Louis, Missouri. A lifelong enthusiast of books, music, toys, and games, he discovered a love for the written word after being dragged to the library by his parents at a young age. When he is not writing, you can usually find him reading, gaming, or buried beneath a small avalanche of Transformers.
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