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OK, I have some good news and bad news.

The good news is that I'm pretty sure the last few illustrations I commissioned for The Lycanthrope Club: Book II will be done by the end of this month or early June at the latest. Furthermore, the second editor has finished going over the manuscript and I'll have a chance to meet with him over the coming weekend. Once I have all the art and incorporate the final corrections and changes into the draft it'll only be a week or two before the book is FINALLY available for download/purchase. 

The bad news is that I had to cut a couple of illustrations from the book. See, I set the end of July as a hard deadline for publication. Not that I made any commitments or promises to anyone, mind; setting a deadline simply helps focus me (and prevents my projects from dragging on forever). Anyways, as it stands I'd probably have to push the release date into August or later if I tried to squeeze every last illustration I had originally planned into the book. This is the reason I tried to raise funds for the project via Kickstarter. I only have x amount of spare dollars per month and x is a variable in every sense of the word; some months were lean so I could only afford to commission one (or even less) illustration. Plus, I failed to take into account the possibility of multiple delays on the artists' end. As it stands there will only be six colored illustrations (not counting the front cover) and five black and white illustrations; the first book had five colored illustrations and seven black and white ones. I had originally planned nine colored illustrations and six black and white illustrations, minimum. So, actually, the second book won't have more pictures than the first. I'm very, very sorry about this, particularly after the long wait. 

The one thing book II will have more of than book I is bonus stories. Again, there will be a sequel to my short story "A Nurse in Wolf's Clothing" and an epilogue of sorts to book II entitled "First Night" depicting Melinda and Phillip's first night together in the woods as werewolves. Both bonus stories will only be included in print and full color PDF editions, the latter of which will be available to those who contribute at least 2.00 USD to the project via PayPal at Daemoneye.net (please wait until book II is finished, though!). 

Here's one last teaser: an excerpt from the draft of "First Night"

* * *

Melinda glanced over at Phillip. He was seated in the passenger seat quietly staring at nothing in particular. Frowning, she scanned his resigned expression for some sign of emotion, some hint of excitement, anger or fear. Seeing none, she turned reluctantly back to the road.

Melinda slowed the car to a stop and looked around. The roads ahead, behind, and to her right were empty. She tapped her fingers on the wheel. The soft rumble of the engine hung in the air. She peered down at the car clock radio and out the front window. Though barely past five the light was already fading. The western horizon was little more than a bright orange gleam beneath a restless grey sky. She could still make out the expanse of trees a little ways ahead and the speckled lights of Pinebrook to the right but little beyond that.

She hesitated a little while longer and, after making certain there were no approaching headlights, turned back to Phillip.

"Are you feeling alright?" she hazarded.

"Uh, yeah," said Phillip after clearing his throat.

Melinda frowned.

"It's just..." she began.

"Yeah?"

"...Never mind," sighed Melinda.

"No, no, wait," said Phillip suddenly, sitting up. "What is it?"

Melinda bit her lower lip.

"You just seem sort of...spaced out," she said, almost apologetically. "I know this is really, really awkward and weird but, well, I wasn't expecting this."

"Well, what were you expecting?" asked Phillip.

Melinda sighed.

"Shit, sorry, that came out wrong," said Phillip quickly. He rubbed his forehead. "I mean, I just don't know, Melinda. This is uncharted territory."

"Yeah," said Melinda softly.

"Look, I, uh, I really don't know how I feel," said Phillip. "Anxious? Freaked out? A little excited? All of the above? I don't think there's a word for it."

Melinda said nothing.

"Let's just get to the preserve and see how things go from there," he said. "I'm sure everything will work out. And even if it doesn't..." he trailed off.

"Yeah," said Melinda softly.

Melinda released the break and tapped the gas pedal. The car roared to life. They crossed the intersection and continued along the narrow road.
The two teenagers were silent for a while. The sky grew steadily darker. Not a single car passed them by. The small country road was seldom used apart from local residents, rangers, and the occasional lost visitor; Melinda and Phillip were none of the above.

Gradually, the road curved to the right, bringing it closer to the forest. Phillip watched the mixed greenery of pines and broadleaves pass them by with distracted interest.

"Alright, look Melinda," he said suddenly, turning from the window. "We've been over this. There's no reason to assume I'll wind up any different."

"There was no reason to assume Yvette or Sophie would wind up the way they did," said Melinda.

"Well, yeah, but you said yourself there were other factors," said Phillip. "Yvette was, er, really depressed and angry at the time and Sophie was off her meds. Literally."

"There is another factor at play here," said Melinda.

"Christ, Melinda, just because I'm a guy-"

"It's probably nothing," interrupted Melinda in an almost reassuring voice. "But it's still...uncharted territory. I don't know if it affects males differently. Please don't tell anyone else I said this, but I'm kind of relieved the girls still outnumber the guys 3 to 1."

"Well, shit, I don't know," said Phillip. "Maybe you just should have just tied all the guys down or something to be on the safe side."

"I considered it," said Melinda.
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...I was hoping to have The Lycanthrope Club: Book II nearly completed or even released by now. The story's been re-written, I've incorporated all the changes recommended by the first editor and the second editor is nearly finished. The only thing that's really missing is, well, the art. I have over half the pieces I need but the remaining illustrations are slow coming. That, and my limited art budget means I can't afford to commission additional artists to speed things up. I only have so much spare cash every month and the lions' share of what I don't spend on food, rent, utilities, and other niggling details of life generally goes to the book. Not much else I can say or do at this point. 

On a, er, lighter note - though the phrase is somewhat inappropriate given the topic - I've been playing an Indie roguelike game called Sunless Sea. Regular followers know I rarely directly recommend a game, book, artist, song, etc. in my journal but I'll make an exception for this. It's not that the gameplay or graphics are stellar; it has a laboriously slow pace and much of its art is inappropriately flat and cartoonish. What's really exceptional about the game is the sheer level of originality, creativity, and imagination that went into the setting and story. It's heavily inspired by, among other things, H.P. Lovecraft's lesser known and appreciated Dreamland cycle tales but has a somber, wistful mood all its own. This alone is worth the price of admission, particularly if Victorian gothic horror and eldritch wonders are your cup of tea...or mushroom wine.

That said, substituting 'z' for 's' gets irritating after a while. One doesn't have to voice every goddamn alveolar fricative!
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...When you wake up one day and aren't even aware it's Easter Sunday until someone tells you it is, you seriously need to get a life.

Don't worry. I'm working on it.

Oh yeah, Happy Easter.
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EDIT: For the 5% of my fans who thought this was serious or even entertained the possibility that it was...

APRIL FOOLS!!!

I actually just got the penciled previews from Dirk Tiede and should get the inks very soon, Lobo Leo is working on Sophie at the Dance, and VanchaMarl is working on another piece (I think).







After careful consideration I've decided to draw the remaining illustrations for The Lycanthrope Club: Book II myself. While the artists I've worked with up until now have been fantastic, I feel it's time to move on. After all, it's only scribbling shapes on a blank screen. How hard could it be? Plus, by doing the artwork myself I'll save a little bit of money. I might even be able to finish the book a little faster this way.

In fact, I've already started work on one of the illustrations and, barring a bit more polish, it's basically done! I've posted a preview below. It depicts Sophie Mason terrorizing the students at the high school. Not bad, eh?

Sophie at the Dance by Heliotroph
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This month's topic is Building Character - how to write, design, and develop interesting, complex, and well-rounded characters for table-top roleplaying games and fiction.

Check it out!
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I just finished writing the long-awaited, frequently requested sequel to the short story "A Nurse in Wolf's Clothing" [link] It will be included in all print editions of The Lycanthrope Club: Book II and the full color pdf edition, available to those who contribute to the project.

Now, on to First Night...
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...Goddamn it. Not him too.

Sir Terence David John "Terry" Pratchett

1948-2015
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One of the editors finished proofreading The Lycanthrope Club: Book II manuscript (thanks, Brynn!) and I incorporated their corrections and suggested changes into the text. My other editor prefers to work with hard copies (and lives nearly a hundred miles away) so it'll probably take a little longer for him to wrap things up.

I just signed a contract with Dirk Tiede to provide inked illustrations for The Lycanthrope Club: Book II, so it's official: both of the original artists from book I are returning for book II! 

In the meantime I've been working on the oft-requested sequel to A Nurse in Wolf's Clothing and an original short story depicting Phillip's first night as a werewolf with Melinda, creatively entitled First Night. That along with The Last Recruit. Both of the former stories will be included in the full color edition of The Lycanthrope Club: Book II.

In addition, I've had an idea for another series banging around my head for the last couple of weeks: Mythanthrope. Without going into too much detail, the central concept revolves around the re-emergence of magical beings - griffons, satyrs, kitsune, succubi, genies, minotaurs, fairies, etc. - in the modern world. Not very original I, know. The twist would be that all these mythical beings were originally humans who voluntarily underwent a simple treatment to'awaken' latent bloodlines. And everyone on the planet has some mythical blood in them. Still not particularly original, but I think what I have in mind would be a fun, relatively lighthearted series. I may or may not start working on a few stories soon...
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Leonard Simon Nimoy

1931-2015
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www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4yb5b…

Episode 5, We Built This City

Our fifth podcast where we discuss realities of life in medieval (or thereabout) Europe and how to incorporate these facts into your game, campaign, setting, or book, particularly in the context of city building. Also known as the podcast where we get a lot of little details wrong and enrage fanboys and historical buffs alike.

Corrections:

The Picts, though quite widespread, primarily inhabited parts of Scotland, not Ireland.

The character Holo from Spice and Wolf was a wolf god, not a fox god.

The early plot element in Spice and Wolf mentioned involved silver coins, not gold coins.
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Still recovering from an odd little bug and waiting for my laptop's screen to be repaired (thank you, ThinkGeek, for making an excellent, durable messenger bag with a horrible, breakable strap). Here's another teaser image for The Lycanthrope Club: Book II: The Argument

Oh yeah, one more thing.

Remember how I said I would never work with Lobo Leo again and he would not be working on this book?

Well, I lied.
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As I write this, I'm recovering from a nasty bout of eye-strain that periodically hits me when I a) don't get enough sleep due to insomnia b) am stressed and/or c) have spent too much time staring at screens. It doesn't make composing this post any easier but here we go.

The Kickstarter for The Lycanthrope Club: Book II failed. We did raise a little under 1,000 USD from 38 supporters which, actually, is very impressive. I said it once and I'll say it again: To those of you contributed - whether through cash, plugging the project and/or asking other people to plug it - from the bottom of my heart, thank you! 

I confess I started expecting this to happen a week following the project's commencement. Why? Simply put, a target of 3,000 USD was too high, too much to ask. That said, let me walk you through my reasoning for setting such a lofty goal.

First, let's do some math. I plan on having a minimum of 9 full-color drawings (including the cover) and 6 black and white drawings. The average/expected commission fee for these (which is indeed more or less what the artists I'm working with charge) is 150.00 USD and 75-100 USD, respectively. Thus the total cost for the illustrations alone will be around 1500.00 USD. This is significantly more than what I paid for the first book for two reasons: there were only 12 illustrations in book I and Lobo Leo, being a fan of the series, gave me a discount on his regular rates. There are also some minor, miscellaneous costs involved such as ordering proof copies, marketing, ISBNs, etc. Finally, there's the cost of the rewards had the Kickstarter been successful. I calculated the price of each reward and subtracted it from the amount pledged to determine how much the rewards could cost. I estimated it would be 1000.00-1500.00 USD for the shipping, printing, etc. depending on what rewards were claimed. Finally, take into account Kickstarter takes 5% of any successfully funded project and that 3,000.00 USD becomes 2850.00, leaving only a little wiggle room for a couple hundreds dollars for myself at the end (maybe). Suddenly, 3,000 USD doesn't seem so outrageous.

Maybe I should have set a lower goal so I could at least partially fund the book. The thing is, it took me a year just to break even on the first book after its initial release and while making money isn't the point of this project, my financial situation has changed since then. My cost of living is much higher and paying for all of this out-of-pocket isn't terribly attractive, especially since I'm trying to build up my savings. I could do it, but realistically I could only commission, say, one or two illustrations a month. I couldn't do this earlier while writing the revision because my income was even tighter then (hell, I was doing private tutoring on the side just so I could actually save a little each month!). A successful Kickstarter would have accelerated things greatly and made the second book much less risky financially.

Finally, I did some research on other publication Kickstarters before starting my own. Many of them had goals in the thousands or tens of thousands of dollars and were reaching them; I can only recall one with a goal below 1K. And some of these, to be honest, didn't look much better or worse than The Lycanthrope Club in terms of the author experience, book, rewards, professionalism, subject, etc. Maybe they owe this success to aggressive social media advertising. As soon as I started the Kickstarter I received several messages from individuals and companies offering to promote the project via Facebook, Twitter, etc. I passed on all the offers as a) these people are usually scammers and b) I dislike most major social media networks, but perhaps that was the secret to their success. In any case, this, along with the reasons above, is what convinced me to set the 3,000 USD goal for the Kickstarter. 

I still think it was worth the effort. I've learned a bit about crowdfunding and raised the profile of the series (or at least I hope I did!) It also reminded me that, while I only have a small number of fans and readers, they are extremely dedicated and supportive ones. 

The book is still going to be published, but I'm not going to attempt to fund it through Kickstarter again. Apart from the fact working through KS is a bit of a pain during and following the fund-drive, I got the impression many of you couldn't contribute because they don't let you pledge through PayPal. Instead, it's going to be the same process as book I. I'll steadily commission illustrations as money become available while working on the final draft. I won't be able to add any of the extra stuff I wanted (I had even planned on commissioning a short comic strip had the fund-drive gone particularly well) but you'll still get the 15 illustrations, bonus stories, and concept sketches in the full color edition. It's just going to take longer. In the meantime, I'm going to try to get back to writing original stories in both The Lycanthrope Club universe and elsewhere. I've been focusing too much on this damn Kickstarter and book II and need to sit down and do some actual writing!

I want to thank the folks over at FA for providing me with free large banner advertising space for the last couple of days of the Kickstarter; it was extremely generous. I'd also like to thank the artists, Jean and Ashley, for plugging the Kickstarter on their respective social media outlets. 

The fifth episode of the Daemoneye Podcast has been recorded and should be up in a couple of days. 

One last note. Once in a while, someone in the comments suggests I should try to do this professionally, i.e. dedicate myself to writing and try to make a living off it. Well, after this I think I can say that's really not an option. The series and my work simply aren't popular enough. I'm quite satisfied with my small but loyal reader base and being a hobby author and publisher. 
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Click here to support The Lycanthrope Club: Book II Kickstarter!

EDIT: The final cover art for The Lycanthrope Club: Book II is now complete! Let's all give ashkey (ashkey.deviantart.com/) a big hand! Also a big thanks to the folks over at FA who gave the kickstarter a couple of days of free advertisement on their site!

I had a bit of a disheartening day. Nothing particularly depressing or related to my writing, but it certainly put me in a foul mood. I'm not going to into the details.

We're down to less than a week on the The Lycanthrope Club: Book II kickstarter. I'm not going to lie - it's looking less and less likely that the project will be funded. There is often a rush of pledges towards the end of a kickstarter but seeing as we're not even half-way funded...well, we'll see. Thanks to those who have already contributed! There aren't too many of you but you've been extremely generous.

I'll make one final plea to you, my readers: I've made an effort to promote the project via online advertisement and garnering plugs but I need you to get the word out as well! If you can't contribute funds but still want to help the kickstarter, one of the best things you could do is contact friends, websites, groups, clubs, authors, and artists who might be interested in The Lycanthrope Club: Book II project and ask them to plug the kickstarter. Seriously, one good link could draw hundreds and possibly even thousands of people, making the difference between success and failure. 

Bit of good news: I just submitted the manuscript to my editors. While I wait for them to go over the draft I'll continue work on the long-awaited, often requested sequel to A Nurse in Wolf's Clothing and First Night - the story of Melinda and Phillip's first night in the woods as werewolves. These short stories will be included in the print and full-color pdf versions of the book. 

More production sketches may be coming soon to the kickstarter. Keep your eyes peeled.

That is all.
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Click here to support the project!

We're nearing the half-way mark on the funding deadline. To those of you who have pledged, thank you! That said we're going to need a big push over the next two weeks to reach our goal.

I've been working to raise the project's profile, including buying ad-space and getting plugs from the artists working on the illustrations. Getting plugged by webcomic artists, authors, and news sites is actually some of the best advertising you can get online. If you know any such individuals with an audience that may appreciate the story, please contact them and (very politely) ask them for a mention or even a recommendation. It could literally mean the difference between being funded or failing. 

Speaking of artists, I've been in touch with Dirk Tiede link - one of the artists who worked on the first book. He's been on an extended sabbatical recovering from repetitive motion injuries. While it isn't a sure thing yet, he has expressed an interest in providing illustrations for the project(!), which is awesome. Again, it could still go the other way, but there's a very good chance he'll be back for the second book! 

Also, I realize I haven't fully described what the second book will be like. The full-color edition of The Lycanthrope Club: Book II will include... 
  • The revised novel-length (~55,000 words) sequel to the first book, The Lycanthrope Club: Book I. 
  • Eight full-page color illustrations and six inked illustrations by Ashley Vanstone, Jean Harrell, Dirk Tiede(?), and possibly more. 
  • Three bonus short stores: A Nurse in Wolf's Clothing I and II, and First Night, the latter chronicling Phillip Dodd's first night as a werewolf with his girlfriend, Melinda. 
  • Production sketches and early concept art 
The only difference between the full-color and black and white editions will be that the color illustrations will be in greyscale. The free-for-download edition, which will be available a month or so after the initial release on the Daemoneye Publishing website, will only feature the revised story and illustrations (greyscale in the case of the color images). 

I'm going to post some production sketches on the Kickstarter page. Enjoy!

That's it for now! 
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Well, it's on. 



Kickstarter Link
www.kickstarter.com/projects/1…

UPDATE: International shipping for rewards is now available!
There will be an additional 10.00 USD shipping fee (20 USD for one of the rewards as I will send multiple books and it will therefore be heavier), but otherwise we're golden!

First, thank you for all your support thus so far. That said, I need you, my fans, now more than ever.

$3,000 USD seems a bit steep for a project of this size, but trust me, it isn't. First, Kickstarter takes around 5% of the funds, so only $2,850 USD will actually go into the project. Second, if you factor in the predicted cost of the art AND the price of printing and mailing the rewards I'll barely break even if the project gets its minimum funding. I've crunched the numbers. And that doesn't take into account time and fussy little miscellaneous payments that will inevitably crop up. 

I need you, my gentle readers, to get the word out. Tell your friends. Tell your family. Tell your acquaintances. Tell anyone that might be a) a carbon-based life-form and b) vaguely interested in reading a story involving werewolves, high school, or *groan* young adult literature themes, etc. I plan on paying for some advertising for the project but I am heavily dependent on word-of-mouth. Oh, and contribute to the project, if you are able. Every little bit helps!

I've always maintained that is a hobby business; something I do in my spare time for fun rather than an attempt to make even part of a living out of writing. Well, this is still true, but the truth is I wouldn't mind taking it to the next level, i.e., making it a semi-serious pursuit. This Kickstarter is a litmus test. Rest assured, the book will be published whether or not the Kickstarter is successful, but if I can get it funded...well, I'm going to take it as a message that I can do more with it. That and the art will be better and it will get out faster!

In case you're unfamiliar with how Kickstarter works, you are only billed if the project is successfully funded. That is, Kickstarter will return ALL of your money if the goal isn't met.

Also, I created a small video for the project using Windows Live Movie Maker but for some reason the picture seems stuck on the preview frame. I set the bitrate to under 1500 kbps as recommended, so I don't know what's wrong. If anyone thinks they might have a fix, please contact me! The Youtube video (see above) works fine [link]

Thirty days and counting...here's hoping it works out!

Oh, and the new Daemoneye Podcast, Episode 4 - What Measure Is Non-Human?, is up. Check it out here: [link]
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Just uploaded a little teaser for The Lycanthrope Club: Book II. 

Starting to assemble the initial art and iron out the fussy details. The Kickstarter should be up very soon along with more information, previews, and a release date.

...Goddamn this is still taking too long, but at least it is happening. 

Happy New Year!

EDIT: The next Daemoneye Podcast is going to be a bit late. To make for this, we've decided to ask you, our listeners, what the topic should be. Please vote below.
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I was hoping to get the Kickstarter for The Lycanthrope Club: Book II up and running by December, but some (not all, mind you) of the artists I commissioned to draw the preliminary illustrations have proven to be less than reliable. I haven't lost any money, but have lost nearly a month's time. I've gotten a hold of some replacements whom I've worked with before and are dependable, but they're busy over the holidays so the Kickstarter, let alone the book proper, probably won't be ready until the end of the year. 

Let me take this opportunity to address any would be artist out there - professional, semi-professional, or hobbyist - who takes commissions. I've dealt with a lot of freelance artists over the years and, everything else being equal, I'd take a decent artist who is dependable over a fantastic artist who is unreliable and uncommunicative any day of the week. I realize good art takes time and that delays can and do slow you down. That's fine. But if problems do arise, it's critically important you keep your client updated! Do not go dark for a month or longer after accepting a commission, especially a commercial one but especially if you've already been paid in part or in full!  And respond to your clients' inquires! It literally takes less than a minute to reply to an email asking for a status update, so as long as you aren't being bombarded with them daily (in which case you're well within your right to ask them to back off) there's little reason not to respond! 

...And yes, if your client, for whatever reason, is fine with unreported delays, communication blackouts, and general unprofessionalism so long as they (eventually) get their artwork, all of the above is waived. But otherwise, it's a given

Bitter? Me? Nah, not at all. 

EDIT: Bit of good news, the artist who did the cover for the first book (look to your left) has agreed to draw the cover for the second: ashkey.deviantart.com/
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Fair warning, Tyler and I geek out pretty heavily on this one, discussing Hawking Radiation, zero-point energy, famous science fiction/fantasy authors, the works. 

[link]

I've started commissioning artwork for The Lycanthrope Club: Book II so there's something to preview in the Kickstarter. The second book is getting closer and closer to completion!
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You've all been very patient waiting for the Lycanthrope Club: Book II so I've decided to post a short preview of the revised novella. This is a new passage and was not a part of the original Lycanthrope Club. See if you can figure how where it is in the story.

* * *

    Melinda sucked in air through her teeth.

    "I'll call a club meeting," she said. "I'll explain what happened and try to convince them to let you decide whether or not you want to join." She grimaced. "I'm going to catch a lot of flak for this, but we have bigger problems to deal with right now so I think they'll let it go."

    "Thanks Melinda," said Phillip.

    "No, thank you, Phillip," said Melinda. "After everything that's happened over the last few weeks...I needed this." She rose from the bed. "Have my parents come back?" she inquired.

    "I didn't hear anything."

    "Well, they should be home pretty soon, so I should change," she said, nodding towards the hallway.

    "Change? But you're clothes are...oh, yeah."

    "Speaking of which," sighed Melinda, turning back to the bed.

    She grabbed the edge of the blanket and folded it back, revealing a tangled mess of torn clothing.

    "Terrific," said Melinda in a deadpan voice. She plucked the remnants of a yellow T-shirt from the mattress and dropped it, shaking her head. "Thank God I wasn't wearing jeans."

    "Uh, yeah," murmured Phillip, staring at the ruined raiment.

    "You, uh, you might want to get going," said Melinda, shrugging her broad shoulders. "It's getting late."

    "Y-Yeah," said Phillip, rubbing the back of his head. "I gotta get a good night's rest. Tomorrow is the last band practice before the dance."

    "Would you mind taking the clothes down to the garbage bins on your way out?"

    "Uh, no prob," said Phillip. He scooted along the mattress and started gathering Melinda's torn clothing into a bundle. Meanwhile, Melinda stepped over to her closet and began picking out a new set of apparel.

    "Phillip?"

    Phillip, who had been dangling Melinda's bra in the air, goggling it, quickly stuffed the  undergarment in the bundle with the rest of her clothes and whirled around, blushing.

    "Y-Yeah?"

    "Are you...sure you're OK?" said Melinda anxiously. "I mean, if I were in your shoes I-...I'm sorry," she shook her head. "Can you promise me you won't tell anyone about this?"

    "Of course, Melinda!" said Phillip earnestly, stepping towards her. "I promise I won't tell anyone about your secret!"

    "Pinky swear?" said Melinda mischievously, extending a paw.

    "Um, yeah," said Phillip, chuckling at the absurdity of it.

    He reached out and hooked his pinky finger around Melinda beclawed equivalent. As soon as he let go Melinda suddenly lurched forward and embraced him, wrapping her massive arms around his body.

    "Thank you, Phillip," she whispered into his ear. "You're the best."

    Phillip nodded vaguely, trying not to think too hard about the two furry mounds pressing against his head.

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I was hoping to post a Halloween related short story, but I couldn't finish it in time. I may upload it in November.

Still looking for artists for book II...
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