The Zodiac Files

The Gemini Hustle: Chapter 20

Looking for the beginning of the story? Click HERE. Five hours ago, give or take, Mollin found himself upside down, which he thought to be bad. He was, however, held in place by the fiber-webbing seatbelt, which was good.  Then another concussion blew the door, and the belt’s locking mechanism gave way, dropping him on …

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The Editing Room Floor: Empty Calories

Here’s another from The Libra Gambit’s editing room floor, and one which includes references to possibly the most comforting food I have ever known (says the person with no nut allergies), the grilled peanut butter and marshmallow sandwich, also known as the fluffernutter sandwich. Side note, the fluffernutter tends to use marshmallow cream, but my …

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The Gemini Hustle: Chapter 19

Looking for the beginning of the story? Click HERE. Five hours ago, give or take, Mollin found himself upside down, which he thought to be bad. He was, however, held in place by the fiber-webbing seatbelt, which was good.  Then another concussion blew the door, and the belt’s locking mechanism gave way, dropping him on …

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The Gemini Hustle: Chapter 18

Looking for the beginning of the story? Click HERE. *Warning: This chapter features references to trauma and trauma induced mental illness.  As he waited for whatever came next (with zero helpful input from the voice in his head), Ray contemplated the alibi he’d coughed up (almost literally) for Sims Al-Kar’s consumption. An alibi that was, …

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The Editing Room Floor: Prologue Fail

What can we say? Sometimes there are scenes that don’t make it into the book.* Maybe the scene didn’t gel with the rest of the story, or went off on a plot tangent too far. Maybe the scene stopped the action, or was confusing. And maybe, just maybe, the scene left the beta readers tilting …

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The Gemini Hustle: Chapter 17

Looking for the beginning of the story? Click HERE. *Warning: This chapter features references to trauma and trauma induced mental illness.  One of the things that had made the Kelmno cells so effective was their complete isolation.  Soundproofed, windowless blanks, they isolated the subject from any possible knowledge of a world beyond their pain.  The …

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The Gemini Hustle: Chapter 16

Looking for the beginning of the story? Click HERE. PART TWO: A HARD DAY’S NIGHT* “What’s past is prologue.” —William Shakespeare, The Tempest   *Warning: This chapter features references to trauma and trauma induced mental illness.  By the time they pulled Ray from the van’s interior, he was conscious enough to see a pair of …

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The Gemini Hustle: Chapter 15

Looking for the beginning of the story? Click HERE. PART TWO: A HARD DAY’S NIGHT* “What’s past is prologue.” —William Shakespeare, The Tempest   *Warning: This chapter features references to trauma and trauma induced mental illness.  By the time they pulled Ray from the van’s interior, he was conscious enough to see a pair of …

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The Gemini Hustle: Chapter 14

Looking for the beginning of the story? Click HERE. “Wait,” Jessyn said. “Give me a moment.”  Ray looked down and saw her expression had gone distant, as if she were concentrating on something. “I don’t know—” “Me too,” Harry cut in. He kept the Glock in his left hand and with his right tapped the …

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The Gemini Hustle: Chapter 13

Looking for the beginning of the story? Click HERE. While Ray and Jessyn listened, Harry laid out the story the Lady had just witnessed from the inside of Harry’s head, but with a few additions, beginning with the discovery, five Standard years ago, of a slicer—a cy-tech of considerable talents, who’d become the bugaboo of …

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