Flex ('Mancer)

By Ferrett Steinmetz

FLEX: Distilled magic in crystal shape. the main risky drug on the planet. chortle it, and you may create amazing coincidences to dwell the lifetime of your dreams.

FLUX: The backlash from snorting Flex. The universe hates magic and attempts to rebalance the percentages; might be you continue to exist the horrendous injuries the Flex inflicts, perhaps you don’t.

PAUL TSABO: The obsessed bureaucromancer who’s became bureaucracy right into a magical Beast which could rewrite condominium agreements, conjure rented autos from nowhere, tune down a person who’s ever crammed out a form.

But whilst all of his formulaic magic can’t retailer his burned daughter, Paul needs to input the harmful international of Flex purchasers to heal her. other than he’s by no means performed this sooner than – and the punishment for brewing Flex is military conscription and a complete brain-wipe.

File Under: Urban Fantasy [ Magic tablet | Firestarter | Bureaucramancy | The Flex & the Flux ]

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Then I burn you're keen on a marshmallow,” Gunza reiterated. “And i locate your daughter, and that i burn her worse. ” “You wouldn’t. ” “My father continually informed me, when you acquired to make examples, commence with young ones. Kill a child, you yank the parent’s center out. ” Gunza rubbed the bath, an act such as summoning a genie. “Don’t imagine I won’t. I’ll escape with it, too. ” yet what might you do with extra Flex? Gunza had already killed a home jam-packed with gangsters, had taken to torturing subordinates – he’d no doubt locate extra interesting how one can kill humans. Powered by way of Flex as he used to be, nobody may well cease him. It was once getting tougher to respire; the flames and the smoke have been beginning in earnest now, getting an exceptional chew at the wooden. The air tasted like Aliyah’s screams. “You need to be stopped,” Paul gasped. “Who’s gonna cease me? ” That’s while the child – headless, blouse aflame, and nonetheless completely lifeless – grabbed Gunza with stiffened arms. Twenty-Two Showdown Gunza let loose a shriek that happy Paul on degrees he had by no means recognized he should be chuffed. It used to be like ingesting chilly water after days within the desolate tract. Gunza fired 3 photographs in the course of the useless kid’s scrawny chest, which did not anything in any respect. The useless bodyguards within the hallway moaned, their tattoos crisping as they stumbled throughout the burning doorway, palms flapping on the finish of damaged hands, going for Gunza. “You fuck! ” Gunza stated, frothing, emptying a clip into his former protectors. “You! Die! ” The headless lifeless child, unimpressed, slapped the bath of Flex out of Gunza’s fingers. Flex spilled all over, crystals crackling as they stuck fireplace. They went up like popcorn, bursting into careening pinballs of neon ’mancy. a few entwined with the flame to create vibrant streaks that erased no matter what they touched, consuming holes within the flooring. a few rolled into the zombies’ ankles, who shuddered and healed themselves. Paul squeezed his eyes close as he recalled his energy to him. The balls veered in the direction of him – yet Gunza shoved the useless nebbish apart to snatch at them, his fingers blistering as he intercepted the rolling balls of ’mancy… …and they angled clear of his fingertips, relocating like fighter pilots in formation as they blasted throughout the kitchen wall, lowering the cupboards to splinters, bursting each final barrier among the kitchen and the house round the corner until eventually merely flames remained. Valentine stood one of the flames, brandishing a clipboard. She wore an eye fixed patch over her left eye, protecting the space the place the spoil brokers had shot her. Her gothy promenade skirt fluttered round her tattooed ankles because the stray Flex poured into her. “I get the entire power-ups during this game,” she stated. “Shoulda recognized! ” Gunza screamed, going for the biker’s shotgun. “Been stockpiling ’mancy for weeks if you confirmed. carry it on! ” He introduced the shotgun up in Valentine’s path. Paul lunged at Gunza, his wrist approximately breaking because the handcuff hauled him to a halt; with Gunza’s Flex neutralizing Valentine’s ’mancy, that shot might kill her. Valentine shrugged. “Every power-up runs out. ” She flicked the clipboard in Paul’s course.

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