TITLE: Apathy's Hero
GENRE: Contemporary Fantasy
Conner’s feet hit solid ground and his stomach threatened to revolt. He stumbled, back finding the nearest wall. Brick bit through the cotton of his shirt as he leaned against it for support.
A dizzying blend of palm trees and graffiti swam in front of him, taking too long to become coherent shapes. He closed his eyes and took a deep breath. The chatter and rapid-paced dialect told him they were on the West Coast. The scents of car exhaust and salt water mingling in the air made him think Southern California.
“Are you all right?” Kali’s concern wove through the symphony of car horns and blaring radios, giving him something familiar to grasp.
He nodded, not willing to look yet. Being phased from one place to another was bad enough, but Kali was so weak now that it meant spending almost a full minute in the ether before they rematerialized. He blamed the parasite who shared her body.
The distinct perfume of rotten eggs and sour milk assaulted Conner, and he bit back a gag.
“Oh, hello.” It didn’t sound like Kali was talking to him.
Conner forced one eye open. Shop windows littered with obscene colors wavered into focus. Somewhere in the background silverware clinked on plastic and roller skate wheels clattered along the concrete.