I occasionally link to free short fiction from this blog. I think it’s time to start doing it in a more organized fashion. Welcome to the inaugural edition of Saturday Storytime. Today’s author is my friend Doug Hulick, with his short story, “Moonlighting.” An excerpt:
Ayshin cleared his throat as he placed both of his hands on the table. “We are alone and unheard?”
I nodded. “Of course, my lord. None shall know what takes place here.”
He relaxed somewhat, his broad shoulders sagging with relief. Still, I noticed that his fingers picked nervously at the multi-colored cloth that covered the table.
“Excellent. I am about to undertake an important venture. I would like to know if the signs of the heavens are favorable.”
I chuckled inside the shadow of my hood. “And the nature of this venture?”
“I cannot say.”
“But it does involve another’s death.”
Ayshin sat up straight, his face pale. “Yes.”
It was fortunate that my face was in shadow, for if noble Lord Ayshin had seen my expression at that moment, he would have surely fled. That would not have been desirable.
“Very well. I will read the ether for death.”