She was quick to anger, her hands tightening around the book—this book of all books, this book was what he huddled over in his madman’s cave—but she did not yell. She had always kept a better leash on her emotions, and her composure was more upsetting to him than her rage. She knew it, and gods help her, she used it.

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Samantha Mills lives in Southern California, in a house on a hill that is hopefully not a haunted hill house. Her short fiction has also appeared in Strange Horizons and LampLight Magazine and is forthcoming in Diabolical Plots. She blogs about life, reading, writing, and female action heroes at, or chat with her on Twitter @samtasticbooks.

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