Slapshot!: Chapter 49

 49 Packing It In Cal stared at his reflection in the mirrored surface of the elevator, forcing himself not to look at Timmo. It wasn’t working. Against his will, his eyes kept flicking to the left, trying to get a better look at the Finn.   The blond’s face was an unreadable mask, just like…

Foxtrot: Chapter VIII

VIII To Keep a Fox Jett takes the splint off Zuru’s leg. The fox tests his paw hesitantly, then dashes around in an excited circle. It has been ten days since Zuru was first entrusted to Jett’s care. Zuru trots around the yard. Ruse is keeping a weather eye on him. He doesn’t want the…

Slapshot! Chapter 48

48 Meditations Luke stared up at the ceiling, curled his fist. He inhaled, then exhaled, deep and slow as he could.   It wasn’t slow enough. His heart was racing, his pulse thundering through his own ears.   Slow. Rhythmic. He just needed to keep breathing. It was so easy, so, so easy, all he…

Slapshot!: Chapter 47

 47 Home Ice Advantages   Sebastien Montclair had never been so pleased to see his front door in his life. The trip from Boston to DC was never all that long, but it had felt all the longer this time. It had taken an interminably long time to get Lucy out of the hospital, and…

Slapshot! Chapter 46

46 Idling Fyodor paused, glancing up as the locker room door banged. A moment later, Aleks shuffled down the tunnel, rocking on his blades, wincing every time he rocked to the left. Fyodor glanced hurriedly at Blake and Erik, ensuring they were seeing this same thing. Erik’s look of exasperation said everything, really. Blake’s mouth…

Foxtrot: Chapter VII

VII Grand Delusions The ride into the city is a long one. They take Uncle’s flatbed truck, with Zuru in a cage on the back. The cage is secured and covered with a tarp. Zuru barks and yips, but Ruse ignores him. Jett sighs and gets into the truck. Zuru barks and yelps for a…

Foxtrot: Chapter VI

VI First Frost Zuru is digging himself a den. Jett is sitting on the porch, watching the fox dig. The .22 is nearby, just in case a wolf decides that it is prime time to take revenge for Wolf’s death. Zuru’s paws are still wrapped in bandages, and Jett worries he will have to wash…

Slapshot!: Chapter 45

 45 Waking Nightmares [A/N: This chapter delves deep into Luke's past. Readers are advised to proceed with care.] Mason glanced quickly at Dusty, then looked back at the phone. He reached for it, then pulled back, curling his fingers against his palm. He swallowed tightly. “Mayday.” Dusty’s voice was sharp, cutting. Mason almost cringed. Instead,…

Foxtrot: Chapter V

V Fox Hunt   Zuru runs like he’s never run before. His tails are straight out behind him, counterbalancing him as he weaves back and forth through the foliage. Occasionally, he wags them, scattering his scent. The dogs are still gaining on him, however. Their baying rings in his ears, even as he lays them…

Slapshot!: Chapter 44

 44 Homesick   Danny let the door fall shut, frowning deeply as he came face to face with his phone. It was right where he’d left it, sitting on the nightstand next to the alarm clock. It was still flashing blue—another request, another message.   He’d left it there for exactly that reason. He didn’t…