Guest Fiction Wednesday

Hey Everyone!!! Meet Valerie Valdes…Valerie writes mostly microfiction and flash fiction with occasional bouts of short stories and poetry. She’s been a Municipal Liaison for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) for five years and loves to help her Wrimos with thorny plot problems.
Her web serial Broommates, about witches and wizards living together in an old mansion with magical secrets, is published weekly on her website as well as on The Penny Dreadful. When not writing, Valerie can be found reading, watching old TV shows, playing video games or role-playing games, and generally puttering around the internet. She lives in Miami, Florida, with her husband and four cats.  Visit her on the web here:

At Least Death Only Comes Once
by Valerie Valdes
“Damn burglar-proof doors,” Calliope Cervantes muttered as she kicked at the metal slab and, instead of flying into the apartment, it acquired a hoverboot-shaped dent and scorch marks.
Maybe he didn’t hear that, she thought. Inside, the sound of a tasegun powering up told her otherwise.
So, plan B. Calliope pulled a SCID off her belt and slapped it on the dent, then ran for the end of the hallway. As the explosive blew the door off, she dove out the window and powered up her boots, flying around the corner toward the man’s apartment.
He was hiding behind an overturned table, firing wildly into the smoke. Calliope grinned. At that rate, his weapon would jam in a few—
The shots stopped and the man frantically shook the gun as if that would help.Show time, she thought.
Calliope flew at the window, powering off her boots and twisting feet-first before impact, letting the momentum carry her inside. The man never knew what hit him. It was her fist.
“IRS, bitch,” she crooned. “Your indenture starts now.”

Read More of Valerie’s writing on her blog!

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