Broommates – Episode 5
Author: Valerie Valdes
Title: The End Is the Beginning
Genre: Urban Fantasy
“So that’s it, then,” Anthony said. Miranda nodded. They surveyed the house, which was covered in a thin layer of dust because of the shaking it had endured from the dragon’s attacks.
“I suppose I’ll get the broom,” he said finally, and turned to leave.
“I know we weren’t entirely… forthcoming with you,” she said.
He stopped and shrugged. “We weren’t either.”
“But now that this is all out in the open,” she continued, “let’s lay some additional cards on the table, shall we?”
Anthony stared out the window at Kitty, who appeared to be conversing with the increasingly tame dragon outside. “What kind of cards?”
“The kind where you tell me all about you, and your compatriots, and this house, and–”
“No deal,” Anthony said quietly. His jaw was squared, his expression stony, and it gave Miranda pause. She folded her arms across her chest and treated him to her best impression of a schoolmarm waiting for an explanation as to why Timmy was run up the flagpole again.
“Everyone has secrets,” he said. His eyes met hers, a caramel brown that had hardened like amber. “Some secrets protect and preserve.”