By Benjamin Kane Ethridge

Herman and Janet Erikson are facing a obstacle of grief and pain after wasting their daughter in a success and run. They've given up on one another, they've given up on themselves. they're dwelling daily. One afternoon, to make a terrible scenario worse, their puppy is going lacking within the coyote-infested badlands in the back of their estate. Herman, resolved in fighting one other tragedy, is going to discover the puppy, thoroughly unaware he's on a hike to the River Styx, which based on Greek fable used to be the border among the dwelling global and the realm of the Dead.

Long in the past the gods died and the River dried up, yet a bottle containing its waters nonetheless continues to be within the badlands. What Herman discovers concerning the darkish strength contained in these waters will swap his existence forever...

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Instead, my mini-flash's dollar coin light scanned the wrecking yard of new and used makeup and creams scattered around it. In an ashtray was the crumpled black nub of a cigar among a host of lipstick-stained cigarette butts. It was a cute little thing really--nothing big and Cuban about it. I pulled it out. It smelled like coffee or Irish Cream. I pocketed it, then opened the single drawer and snooped inside--more makeup--a card for Simpson's Skin Tanning Salon for the Deceased. I almost thought that was strange, but matches of the kind were common.

I smiled beneath my painted grin. " The Queens had gathered in a thirty-foot ring around the Chrysler and me. Their leader moved smoothly toward me letting his spiked hormones work for him. His face was obscene. "I'll tell you another thing, my sweet-assed clown. I've heard that you like it like a woman. " He drew nearer. " I noticed that as he approached he was slowly inching his lace panties down. He was now close enough that I almost choked on his cheap perfume. It smelled like turpentine and sweat.

Just don't take nothin'. " I asked, idly gazing around the room. My guts jumped as I made out a large dark stain in the middle of the rug. I moved toward it. "Nah," he mumbled as he flung the chain of keys from hand to hand. "I only saw her the once or so. Great lookin' piece with red hair. " He made an exaggerated motion with his hands. I hoped he was exaggerating. "I just started here a couple of weeks ago. She dressed real fine and had an ass she could roll cigarettes with, I'll bet. " I said as my fingers probed the sticky darkness that smelled of must and old pennies.

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