NOT FADE AWAY was always in my contract as a short, which is typically 5K. But I knew I wanted to see this cover in print and so Prophet and I had a chat and we told a bit more of the story and now, you’ve got a 10K story that you can buy in chapbook form for 3.99!
Truth or dare.
Ever since superspy Cillian moved into Prophet’s building, their game of Steal the Couch has been funny to Prophet, but a thorn in Tom’s side. Then Prophet gets bored one night during an ice storm and insists on playing another simple game with Tom: Truth or Dare. In exchange for one of Prophet’s truths, Tom steals the couch one last time.
But Prophet’s truths are never easy—Tom should know that by now—and this one raises questions neither of them quite know how to answer. In response, Tom finds himself laying claim to Prophet in the most basic way he knows how. And also finds that he doesn’t mind it in the least when Prophet returns the favor.
(This novelette is set between book 3 and book 4 in the Hell or High Water series.)