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Under the Microscope

James McCreet examines the opening of a reader’s supernatural thriller

The Fall

Cadence ran her hands over her face in frustration.1 Eight months ago she had lost her wife in a car crash,2 and was determined to find a way to bring her back.3 Every time she found a new lead, she got excited.4 This could be it,5 this could finally be the way to bring the dead back to life,6 but no. Always no.7 It was like a door slamming shut in her face.8 Every Wicca, Black witch, Voodoo Priest9 – anyone and everyone connected to spirits, magic or anything supernatural10 seemed to rejoice in saying it was impossible.11

She lowered her hands and placed them on the steering wheel,12 her wedding ring glinted back at her,13 the sunlight reflecting off the perfect diamond that sat at the heart of a simple design.14 She reflected on the latest ‘no’ she had been given.15 A young woman, no older than she was, telling her that “No mortal can raise the dead.”16 No mortal.17 What about immortals? Could they?18 But no, she had already spoken to the Vampires,19 they had all but laughed in her face.20 The Fae were an option, maybe.21 She would have to investigate.

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