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The Demons of Constantinople – Snippet 35

The Demons of Constantinople - Snippet 35 "Right, General," Bill said. Then to Sherlock, "Amplify. Pucorl is coming, men. Hold them a little longer and they're toast." Bill said it in French, but Sherlock shouted it in Greek. It seemed like it would work. The defenses stiffened. But they were still being pushed back. *** On receiving the new instructions, Pucorl made a sharp right turn and, external speakers blaring "Ride of the Valkyries" at full volume, he charged to the right. *** Jennifer's phone, Silvore, shouted, "Pucorl's going to...

The Demons of Constantinople – Snippet 34

The Demons of Constantinople - Snippet 34 *** In the van, Annabelle heard what was going on, and pushed the down button on the power windows. They didn't move. "Pucorl! You open that window unless you want me to shoot through your roof." "Shoot through my roof then. Better holes in me than in you," Pucorl shouted back. "I can't see through the roof. Open the window." The window opened to Pucorl's pleas for her to be careful. With nothing really approaching care, Annabelle grabbed the upper edge of the window frame and pulled herself half out...

The Demons of Constantinople – Snippet 33

The Demons of Constantinople - Snippet 33 Location: Outside Tzouroulos, Byzantium Time: Three Hours After Dawn, November 22, 1372 Murad I, the founder of the Ottoman Empire, sat his horse outside Corlu and examined the tactical situation while in his hidden heart, he raged. How dare they? Could they not see that he was the Chosen of Allah? Destined to found an empire the like of which the world hadn't seen since Alexander? In less hidden places in his mind, he determined that though there was a slight rise, there were no walls protecting the...

The Demons of Constantinople – Snippet 32

The Demons of Constantinople - Snippet 32 But these guys were a solid half-century away from that sort of thing. There was a flash in Pucorl's dash cam. That arrow was enchanted. "Behave," Pucorl said in demonic. But the arrow didn't seem to understand. For that matter, Pucorl didn't recognize the sort of demon that was in the arrow. That was when Pucorl used the new phone system. He called Wilber and asked who or what it was. Wilber spoke in demonic and the arrow glowed. "I'm not entirely sure, but I think it's a djinn. An extremely minor...

The Demons of Constantinople – Snippet 31

The Demons of Constantinople - Snippet 31 "I want to try something," Wilber said. "But I am going to need Pucorl's permission. Can you tell me why you didn't want Merlin or Igor in on this call?" "Because Merlin is a muse of a god that existed in France in the time of the Neanderthals. That god sleeps and is ignoring Merlin, and will continue to do so unless Merlin learns something that will aid it. If Merlin does learn something from you or your experiments that would be of great value to his creator, he will be obligated to inform it. I...

The Demons of Constantinople – Snippet 30

The Demons of Constantinople - Snippet 30 Chapter 10 -- Attack on Tzouroulos Location: Happytime Motel, Pucorl's Lands Time: 6:35 AM, November 17, 1372 Pucorl stepped through the door and his body changed. He was still humanoid but definitely no longer human. His armor was again part of his body and his body was now filled with oil and electrical systems, no longer blood and nerves. And he couldn't remember how that change was made. As a landed knight Pucorl had greater control over his form than most pucks, and his make-up was much of earth,...

The Demons of Constantinople – Snippet 29

The Demons of Constantinople - Snippet 29 "We can build a generator if we have to. I want to see Pucorl when he gets here. Say, did you notice Annabelle's chair is right next to Pucorl's?" Wilber shook his head. He liked Annabelle, and knew that she had a sort of old-fashioned love-from-afar crush on Pucorl. That had to remain an unrequited crush, since Pucorl was a van, not a man. This could add whole levels of complications that Wilber was fairly sure they didn't need. *** Pucorl wasn't warned. He did get a call telling him to make sure...

The Demons of Constantinople – Snippet 28

The Demons of Constantinople - Snippet 28 The call of a mortal to a demon great or small was dependent on the degree to which the caller knew the demon's name. Zeus' name wasn't only Zeus. It was also Jupiter and ten thousand more words of power and legend. The larger and more powerful the demon, the longer and more complex the name. If the caller, be they mortal or demonic, had enough of the name, they could compel a demon, force it into a container of their choosing and make it obey them. That had happened to Themis because a human's call...