TITLE: Angels, Demons, and Beauty Queens
GENRE: Urban Fantasy
Linny stared with horror at the mangled bodies littering the street after the terrorist attack. Such a graphic television broadcast was hardly appropriate for an airport waiting room and exponentially increased her already considerable anxiety. To calm herself and erase the awful images from her mind, she continuously snapped her fingers, blinked her eyes, and repeated “blazda, gooptcha, blazda.”
After fifteen minutes, she felt temporarily more relaxed. Still, she questioned the wisdom of attending her high school reunion in the first place, particularly since it involved a nerve-racking airplane trip. What was the point of such agony anyway? To show her pretentious peers that she looked half her age? To reclaim her title as homecoming queen? What a joke. In a million years, they would never guess the real truth about her secret existence. Oh, the strange looks around the fancy bar when she described the slime covered fangs of her hideous stalker demon! The frowns and head scratches when their blurred, martini-laden brains attempted to comprehend the nonphysical realm, a wondrous alternate reality where she tripped the light fantastic with a handsome immortal. But the coup de grace would be the shocking account of her time in a mental institution, instantly toppling her from their cracked pedestal of perfection to social outcast. Linny laughed at the sad irony. Her exterior appearance and behavior were carefully crafted illusions designed to make everyone believe she was normal when in fact, she was, as Blake insisted multiple times during their marriage, defective.