Chapter 24: The Secrets We Keep

For the record, this chapter kicked my ass. Sorry it’s so late, everything about it was hard lol.

Also, CW: this chapter gets pretty gory because paranormal shenanigans.

The In Between Inn


The In Between Inn

Mikel checked the radar screen one more time. He hadn’t kept it because he was sentimental—though he was that—he kept it because it was his. Or maybe salvaged. 

That was the right word. 

He salvaged it because it was his. 

His. The word sent a shiver through him. Mikel, who had never thought of himself as particularly selfish, could not summon even an ounce of embarrassment over how good it felt. 

You didn’t own things on Sixam 9. Not unless you won. Even royalty respected that rule. 

In all his 310 quarks, or 36 planet rotations, Mikel had never won. 

Not even once.

Turning to his bureau, he checked the settings on his simray before placing it back in the case. He felt protected at the In Between Inn but he also understood that protection was an illusion. 

He flushed as he stared down at the case. He hadn’t ever wanted to use it. But desperate times

His train of thought was interrupted by a loud banging on his door.

“Mikel! Are you making breakfast or what? We’re starving out here!!” Penny shouted, punctuating each word with a sharp knock.

The radar screen froze. It was impossible to get it to sustain any sort of connection when it was so far away from the rest of the console. He would keep trying though. 

Penny banged on the door again. “Seriously. Mikel. For the love of practical magic, what is taking so long?” 

She paused and Mikel heard muffled conversation. 

“Also, Miko says we’re going to need tech support in about four days!”

He sighed. Though his job had been tech support on Sixam 9, he much preferred cooking. 

A good meal made everyone smile and Mikel loved making his friends happy. He loved having friends. 

He loved not being alone. 

But from each according to his ability and all that. 

“Just a minute! I’ll be right down!” he called out.

He could never say no to Penny. Omelettes…she liked omelettes. He’d make them with extra cheese.

Before he left the room, he opened the case one last time, unable to resist double-checking. He breathed a sigh of relief. 

The simray was still set to “engage.”

  • lonecat82
    June 1, 2020

    I really wish there were werewolves in the game, but I like the CC you used to create them. And this story just gets better and better. I like the additional characters that have been included and I’m really liking Miko as one of the fates. The lore and world-building are very creative and interesting. 🙂

    • feroshgirl
      June 4, 2020

      We NEED werewolves. I did find some better cc for future chapters but still. Throw us a bone, EA. I really enjoy writing Miko. In a world of slytherins, she’s like a hufflepuff that keeps trying to do some plotting, but she is not good at it lol.

  • theplumbob
    July 9, 2020

    Gah! Holy cowplant, so much unpacking in this chapter, woah! I’m liking the whole “all of this has happened before, and all of it will happen again” theme, it’s awakening my inner Battlestar Glactica nerd haha.

    Miko’s fluid timeline loop is interesting. I never thought I’d like her (as a premade she just doesn’t do it for me), but you’ve made her amazing! So ditzy yet sage at the same time. I wonder what Akira’s planning. Clearly he has no idea what she’s up to, but he is attempting to help her. Somehow I feel like his actions will be detrimental to her plans, in spite of his sole motivation being trying to win her back. But that might just be me looking for twisted tragedies ha!

    That warewolf scene was intense, crazy. Vlad’s dark whatever-the-heck he is form is so beautiful yet terrifying. I’m glad all the timelines end with them falling in love – you know, minus the doom it results in, of course 😆

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