TITLE: Wrath for Her Enemies
GENRE: Science Fantasy
After hours of breathing hot, fetid swamp air, Georgia gladly sucked in the rose-and-lemon fragrance of the Magic Center. It flowed into her like a blessing, singing home into her blood and her thoughts. The day's tension evaporated from her muscles, and a warm glow of relief settled in its place.
The glow lasted until she swung the door open and saw that the Mag Center lobby was full of people. Not the spellwrights who belonged there, but Siggers – leaflet-waving members of Science in God’s Service. At Georgia’s entrance, they pivoted and surged toward her. The man closest to her, neatly dressed, his gray hair parted down the middle and combed back behind his ears, waved a cartoon-colored pamphlet at her.
“Do you have a moment, miss? Once you hear our message, you won’t want to keep abusing God’s creations through magic.”
Georgia’s jaw tightened. Her marshy morning examining one spell nexus after another had left her hair sweat-plastered to her forehead, and she smelled bad. Dealing with these idiots would take a level of strength and patience beyond her reach. She swatted the pamphlet away, making sure to hit the pages without touching the man’s fingers. Couldn’t give him an excuse to claim she’d assaulted him.
Lillie, Georgia’s best friend, elbowed her way through the crowd, dodging outstretched hands and soul-saving literature. “Didn’t Dr. Nillsen tell these nutbabies they had to stay outside?” she demanded.
“Guess they forgot.” Georgia laid disbelieving emphasis on the last word.