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This preview is forÂ the next SaddlebagÂ Expansion,Â The Curtain Rises, arriving in stores May 9, 2016!Â Ask your local game store about it today!
Someone Elseâ€™s Problem
By Ross Fisher-Davis
â€œWhat it sounds to me like is none of this is any of our damn concern, Yules. Since when do we come runninâ€™ when Gomorra is in shambles? Itâ€™s always in shambles,â€ said Jonah Essex.
Pancho Castillo eyed Ulysses warily, while Sloane watched the discussion in silence.
Ulysses threw his hands up, sick of explaining himself. â€œItâ€™s different this time. Somethingâ€™s seriously wrong. If youâ€™d seen the look of that place youâ€™d know it too.â€
â€œItâ€™s an asylum, Ulysses. It ain’t meant to look like grannyâ€™s living room,â€ said Jonah.
â€œThatâ€™s not what I mean. The Ring are doing somethinâ€™ awful there. The sick are goinâ€™ in but not coming out any better, if at all. Hawley is locking them up and doing something to â€˜em â€¦ something wrong. That warden barely even looked human.â€
Jonah shrugged. â€œWe gonna start getting mixed up in this kinda stuff now? Boss?â€ He looked over at Sloane, leaning against a rock. She gave a disinterested shrug.
Maria Kingsford exhaled smoke. â€œWe attract enough of our own darkness not to go looking for more, Ulysses. You know it isnâ€™t our way to get mixed up with Gomorraâ€™s affairs.â€
Ulysses shook his head, staring down at his own feet. He opened his mouth to concede when Pancho spoke up.
â€œIt is different this time. Yules is right.â€
Jonah gave a great huff. â€œOh you too? What happened? Fourth Ring clown carriage run over your foot?â€
Pancho hadnâ€™t planned on saying anything until he knew it would do him some good, but he was sharp enough to know when something serious was looming.
â€œI was in town with a lady a while back and took her to one of the hideouts in town, but someone rigged it to blow sky high.â€ Pancho said. All eyes turned towards him.
â€œGo on,â€ said Sloane, quieting even Jonah.
â€œEnough nitro to knock the teeth out of anyone in town â€¦ the wires ran straight to one of the big tops. That circus is playing for keeps.â€
Jonah laughed. â€œI canâ€™t believe youâ€™re taking these guys seriously. They ainâ€™t criminal masterminds. Hell, theyâ€™re gonna be throwing pies at each other at the orphanage tomorrow.â€
Ulysses shrugged, â€œMaybe heâ€™s right. The orphanage certainly isnâ€™t much of a target.â€
Mariaâ€™s raised a dark eyebrow. â€œApart from the children.â€
Sloaneâ€™s face hardened, and she mounted her horse in seconds. A silent communication of urgency rippled through the group.
Maria grabbed her gun belt, Pancho took up his hat, and Ulysses gave them a firm nod as they saddled up.
Jonah was left in the dust, growing ever more incredulous.
â€œYou kiddinâ€™ me? Ridinâ€™ off to save the day like El Grajo?â€ Jonah scuffed his boots in the dust, staring after them in disbelief. If they wanna go, he thought, they can burn with the rest of â€˜em.
Introducing Ross Fisher-Davis!
Ross Fisher-Davis is a writer of fantasy and horror from Cornwall, UK, aÂ land of pasties, faeries, and people with a lot of time on their hands. He’s written for various publications in the field of entertainment and has made a few short films along the way. An avid fan of cinema, music, and mythology, Ross currently lives in Los Angeles with his cats. An assortment of his fiction and other work can be found at http://www.absenceoflove.blogspot.com.
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