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Stygian Codex - Chapter 1Chapter 1
It was the first time it had rained in a month. It would figure the deluge would start well before she would arrive in the next town, especially now that the couple who had dropped her off was long gone. She should have just asked if they would have gone a little further down the road and taken her the rest of the way. There wasn't much she could do about it now...
Que sighed, pulling her jacket tighter around herself, plodding down the muddy road. Thankfully, there was no wind to add to the chill of the moist, early autumn air. Not that it would have made much difference to Que as she continued along, wondering if the town would even be there...
Brogan rolled her eyes and cursed. She twisted around her scope, pushing it away as she grabbed her glasses. She hopped down from her perch and whacked BOB across the top of his metal head.
"Come on. We got a pick up," she said.
"Pick up? Pick up? But Brogan it's storming out! You know, I'm sensitive to water and lightning!" t
Teenage TaoismGiving birth is the closest I’d ever felt to dying.
Before that, my near death experiences had consisted only of my silent announcement of pregnancy—silent, being that my social media accounts were all deleted almost simultaneously and I never returned to school in the fall, saying without really saying that I had caught the malicious disease of “teenage pregnancy”. I’m sure the whisper spread in the hallways like the Bubonic Plague. That September, sitting at home on what would have been the first day of my senior year, I imagined friends I’d never talk to again saying “she was only seventeen, and so full of life!” at my absence in the cafeteria tables, as if they were attending my funeral instead of talking about me behind my back.
"Full of life," I had snorted then, folding a never ending stream of what had once been my own baby clothes. "Literally."
I walked around like a zombie for the months of my pregnancy, deciding t
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