Welcome to Otherworld Tales 2005. In 2005, I decided to forgo my annual online
novella and, instead, explored some back-stories too short to warrant their own
novel or novella. I polled readers, and the top four character choices each got their
own story, as did the top four events. The remaining four I chose myself.
Most of these are past events related or alluded to in the novels. As such, they
function more to fill in gaps, rather than as true stand-alone “short stories.” Some
dramatize back-story events, such as Eve’s death in the compound. Some simply
expand on a character, giving him or her a voice, like Jeremy reflecting after
sending Elena and Clay to Toronto in Bitten. Others do both, as in the tale of
Aaron’s vampire “rebirth.”
As with all my online fiction, I consider these pieces “works-in-progress.”
That means I’ll likely return to them later and tinker. It also means you may find
typos, plus factual and grammatical errors. If you do, please let me know.
I hope you’ll enjoy these stories as much as I enjoyed telling them.
Rebirth (Aaron) 3
Infusion (Malcolm) 23
Demonology (Talia) 48
Birthright (Logan) 68
Case of the Half-Demon Spy (Adam) 84
Expectations (Lucas) 99
Territorial (Marsten) 116
Ghosts (Jeremy) 131
Escape (Eve) 141
Wedding Bell Hell (Paige) 153
Adventurer (Kenneth) 178
Bargain (Xavier) 184
Aaron stumbled from the tavern and gasped as the first blast of cold air slapped his face. He
paused in the doorway and took a deep breath, letting it wash some of the toxins from his lungs .
. . and maybe a few from his bloodstream as well. Geoffrey jostled him from behind, and Aaron
gave him a good-natured shoulder that sent his friend staggering back.
“Move it, you big ox,” John said, kneeing Aaron in the rear.
“Just push me out of the way.” Aaron shot a grin over his shoulder. “Or maybe you should
squeeze past instead. You’re skinny enough.”
Aaron stepped onto the cobbl