“Valentine” by Loren Rhoads

September 18, 2010

Desperate to rescue her teacher from death, Alondra DeCourval travels to Oslo. Unfortunately, stealing an immortal heart is harder that she expects. [29min]

Alondra’s adventures have appeared in SINS OF THE SIRENS, THE PARAMENTAL APPRECIATION SOCIETY, and are upcoming in Not One of Us and Burning Effigy’s FRESH BLOOD.


Alondra had never done this kind of magic before. It felt awful, dirty. Her head ached from the concentration it took. Still, she sat in the quaint café, drinking peppermint tea. Teeth gritted, she traced sigils for summoning in the moisture her glass left on the birch tabletop.

She’d never been to Oslo before, spoke almost no Norwegian, but that hadn’t posed a problem. Scandinavians all spoke lovely English. It shamed her to not have more vocabulary. She’d scarcely prepared for the trip and didn’t know how long before her quarry moved on.

And he traveled a lot. Alondra wasn’t sure if he fled something or searched for something. Not that it mattered. She didn’t want to know more about him than his regular habits in this place. She needed to know enough to find him. Meet him. Get him alone and kill him.

Sasha Tomaszycki September 20, 2010 at 12:17 PM

What a wonderful story. I have never read anything like it befoer. Chillign yet lovely. Kudos.

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