A (Non) Comprehensive Guide to Sea Serpents by AJ Sherwood EPUB & PDF – eBook Details Online
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Adrien never liked being in this part of town, dirty, criminal hotbed that
it was. He stood in the doorway of a brothel, three doors down from a seedy
tavern and across the street from a gambling den, and wondered just where
he’d gone wrong in life to end up there at three o’clock in the morning.
He’d just come off a case, finishing off his quarry with no finesse, only
brute force. He was beyond tired and should have gone directly home, but
something had snagged his attention—the flare of raw magical power. It
smacked of a power burst, something from an untrained child, but here? In
the slums of London? Outside, in the frozen landscape with snow piled up
along the streets?
It had seemed unwise to ignore it, as power bursts like that were
normally a call for help. So, Adrien had followed it, but now he was in the
middle of god knows where, freezing because of the extreme temperatures,
his nose threatening to fall off if he stayed out here even a minute longer.
Worse yet, he’d lost the magical trail he’d been following which had led
him down here in the first place, so he had no idea which way to turn.
Anyone who thought being a sorcerer was a glamorous occupation had
bats in their belfry.
Disgusted with the situation in general, himself in particular, he decided
to call it quits for the night. Time to return home, to the more respectable
part of town, and tumble into his bed. He moved off the doorstep before he
could get propositioned—again—and headed for the next corner. Did taxis
even run at this time of night? Sod it, he’d find a half-respectable doorway
A pained cry and grunt came from an alley near him. He turned
automatically and hurried toward the source, unable to ignore that sound of
distress. Upon arrival, the sight that met his eyes made his blood boil over.
In the refuse and stink of the alley lay a young person—he couldn’t tell
from this angle whether it be male or female—with a larger, drunken brute
kicking their torso abusively.
“Halt!” Adrien barked, the hem of his coat flaring as he moved sharply
toward the two. “Stop that this instant, before I curse you stupid.”
The man stopped kicking, his gait a little unsteady, and looked up to
sneer at Adrien. “This is no businessh of yoursh. I bought thish boy. Move
Despite the drunken slur, this was obviously a man of education; the
clothes he wore indicated he was either a lord or a very wealthy merchant’s
son. Adrien took in his state of semi-undress, then the young man lying on
the dirty ground, who had his pants down to his thighs, and the obvious hit
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