Broommates – Episode 14
Author: Valerie Valdes
Title: The Best Defense
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Anthony was helping Booker shovel the remains of the botched group dinner into separate plastic containers when Miranda stepped into the kitchen, rubbing her eyes. She watched them in silence, trying not to fidget, but finally gave up and began to wash the dishes they stacked on the counter.
“Thanks,” Anthony said.
“Don’t mention it,” Miranda replied.
“Fine, I won’t.”
Miranda stopped to give him a dirty look but saw his smirk and rolled her eyes instead.
“How’s Kitty?” Booker asked, timidly laying another plate on the stack.
Miranda shrugged. “Fine. She’ll sleep until noon. Beatrice and Parker are up there with her.”
“Speaking of strange and foreboding prophecies,” Anthony said, “does Kitty do that often?”
“We weren’t talking about–” Miranda started to protest, then remembered what Kitty had said about not trusting each other. “No. She’s only done it twice before since I’ve known her.” Third time’s the charm, she thought. There’s an omen in that. Her reflection in the dark window over the sink stared back at her with furrowed brow.
“I don’t suppose she’s told you anything else that might help us understand what she said?”
She shook her head. “I’m in the dark, too.”
Anthony grinned and grabbed a newly cleaned dish out of the drainer, drying it off with a towel. “You know the old saying: better to light a flamethrower than curse the darkness.”