The Karkana Chronicles

Side Jobs

Side Job: Glass Jaw

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“You shouldn’t throw stones if you live in a glass house and if you got a glass jaw, you should watch yo mouth: cause I’ll break yo face” — 50 Cent.

Brianna and Joey come into Portland looking for a fight and find themselves looking into the unusual “curse” that hangs over the underground fight syndicate in the city. Brianna also enters the world of White Court politics in Portland.

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Side Job: Blood Bank

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“Since the life of every creature is its blood, I have told the Israelites: You must not eat the blood of any creature, because the life of every creature is its blood; whoever eats it must be cut off.” — Leviticus 17:14

Brianna’s cousin Quincy comes to Portland with some family business and a shadowy man following him. What secret agenda does this man have and will Brianna have to call in the favor that Nerise owes her?

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Side Job: Juiced

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“I don’t recommend steroids for everyone, and I don’t recommend growth hormones for everyone. But for certain individuals, I truly believe, because I’ve experimented with it for so many years, that it can make an average athlete a super athlete. It can make a super athlete – incredible. Just legendary.” — Jose Canseco

When fighters start turning up with extraordinary strength and stamina, Brianna Karkana begins to suspect supernatural tampering. But will she let this encroachment upon her territory go unchecked?

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Side Job: Yojimbo

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“You want to hire me as a body guard? Watch. I’ll show you my ability.” — Sanjuro (from Yojimbo)

Brianna is hired by Nerise to be a bodyguard for a Raith dignitary. But she still has enemies from her previous fight that are interested in seeing her fall. Can she protect the Raith and keep her own enemies at bay?

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Side Job: Emerald City

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“I went on what the movie advertisements refer to as a ‘roaring rampage of revenge.’ I roared. And I rampaged. And I got bloody satisfaction.” — Beatrix Kiddo

Brianna Karkana and Madeline Raith are heading to Seattle so that Madeline can get satisfaction for the attempts on her life by the Margrave of the Red Court that presides there. Can Brianna keep an increasingly angry and vindictive Madeline safe in an unknown environment? And what about her territory back in Portland—who will keep it safe from her own enemies?

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Side Job: Bad Moon Rising

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“Don’t go around tonight, well it’s bound to take your life, there’s a bad moon on the rise…” Bad Moon Rising, Creedence Clearwater Revival

While working on getting information on their enemy, Barnabas Gould, Brianna Karkana and Joey Aragon find themselves on the hunt in a bizarre bloodsport. Can they survive the night?

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Side Job: Chains

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“The iron chain and the silken cord are both equally bonds.”—Friedrich Schiller

While following up a new lead against their enemy, Brianna Karkana and Joey Aragon encounter a pixie with a sob story that may lead them to another person that needs their help. Can they follow both of these leads and protect Brianna’s territory in the process?

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Side Job: Bloody Shadows

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In revenge and in love woman is more barbaric than man is. — Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil

After discovering more about her shadowy new enemy, Brianna Karkana is called back to Seattle to help her cousin Quincy, who’s been framed for murder.

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Side Job: Signs and Portents

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For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. — Matthew 24:24

The Ventatori is not idle in their pursuit of Brianna, but will Brianna also help stop a new threat to a young man she’s never met?

Part One Part Two

Side Job: Trials and Tribulations

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“Revenge is an act of passion; vengeance of justice. Injuries are revenged; crimes are avenged.” — Samuel Johnson.

Brianna returns to Seattle for her cousin Quincy’s trial and finds that her past has come back to haunt her. Perhaps an opportunity can arise for her to get some of her own back against the Red Court…

Part One Part Two

Side Job: The Big Bad

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“Basically he’s Mr. Big Bad Himself.” — Klonoa

Brianna returns to Portland to find that her enemies have been far from idle. Now her friend Regi is asking for help against a fiend that is plaguing the Wee Folk.

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Side Job: Redemption

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“Redemption is something you have to fight for in a very personal, down-dirty way. Some of our characters lose that, some stray from that, and some regain it.” — Joss Whedon

Brianna has a secret meeting with one of her enemies and is given a chance to balance the scales with them. To do so, she must travel to Tempe, Arizona and encounter a rogue Venatori agent on the run.

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Side Job: The Insider

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“…Some are satin, some are steel, some are silk, and some are leather, they’re the faces of the stranger, but we love to try them on… ” — Billy Joel, “The Stranger”

Brianna meets a new fight promoter that sparks her interest. Her past continues to haunt her as old enemies seek revenge. Finally, she learns a bit more about herself and what she wants on a visit to Seattle to see her cousin.

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Side Job: Retribution

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“Revenge is a dish best served cold…” — Ancient Klingon Proverb

Brianna is called in on the what Ezekiel hopes is the final battle against the Margrave of Seattle. Will her relationship with Loomis take a different turn?

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Side Job: Aftermath

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“In this life, we have to make many choices. Some are very important choices. Some are not. Many of our choices are between good and evil. The choices we make, however, determine to a large extent our happiness or our unhappiness, because we have to live with the consequences of our choices.” — James E. Faust

Brianna is called home to Colorado on the basis of her actions in Seattle while Ezekiel faces scrutiny for similar reasons from the White Council.

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Side Job: The Odd Job

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“The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” — Ancient proverb.

Brianna is called in by Barnabas Gould to do a job. Meanwhile, it appears that she and Joey are being followed by someone. Has the new Baroness of Seattle sent someone after them?

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Side Job: The Skip

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“Whenever you want to marry someone, go have lunch with his ex-wife” — Shelley Winters

Brianna and Shawn Loomis go out for their weekend together—which inevitably gets interrupted.

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Side Job: Interlude

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“Getting to know you, getting to know all about you, getting to like you, getting to hope you like me…” — Getting to Know You Rodgers and Hart from "The King and I

Brianna and Shawn Loomis get to know each other a little better.

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Side Job: In the Spotlight

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“Welcome back my friends, to the show that never ends, we’re so glad you could attend, come inside, come inside,” — Karn Evil 9, Emerson, Lake, & Palmer

Nerise calls in her favor and Brianna has to play baby-sitter to a passel of dancers on a trip to Romania that goes wrong—deadly wrong.

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Side Job: Kristallnacht

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“My measures will not be crippled by any bureaucracy. Here I don’t have to worry about Justice; my mission is only to destroy and to exterminate; nothing more.” — Hermann Goering

The Baroness of Seattle makes her move against those that brought down the Margrave. A council is called and Brianna goes to war.

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Side Job: Taking a Dive

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“Making believe this is what you conceived from your worst day, I’m taking a dive…” Jeff Lynne, “Living Thing”, ELO.

Brianna goes undercover into the law firm of Hartram and Wolf to investigate a series of killings for the Venatori Umbrorum. Has she gotten in too deep in this world of intrigue and will it get her marked as a target?

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Side Job: Angie

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“With no lovin’ in our souls, and no money in our coats, you can’t say were satisfied…” The Rolling Stones, “Angie”

Brianna grows increasingly concerned with Joey’s new girlfriend. But is it merely jealousy or is something more sinister afoot?

Part One

Side Job: Ghoul, Goblin

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“The belly is an ungrateful wretch, it never remembers past favors, it always wants more tomorrow.” Alexander Solzhenitsyn, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

There’s a new player at the fights, buying off fighters one by one. But is he also a killer? Brianna intends to find out…

Part One

Side Job: Krampusnacht

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“Like he had for thousands of years, Krampus came not to reward, but to punish. Not to give, but to take,” Omi, Krampus (2015)

While out on a date with Loomis, Brianna and the Seattle cop witness a strange creature menacing a teenager. As they dig deeper into the mystery, they discover a sinister plot by a revenge-seeker whose chosen weapon has gotten out of control…

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Side Job: Interlude II

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“You are not your job, you’re not how much money you have in the bank. You are not the car you drive. You’re not the contents of your wallet. You are not your fucking khakis. You are all singing, all dancing crap of the world.” — Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club.

Brianna and Shawn Loomis discuss Brianna’s job situation.

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Side Job: Whiskey in the Jar

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“There’s some take delight in the carriages a rolling, and others take delight in the hurling and the bowling, but I take delight in the juice of the barley, and courting pretty fair maids in the morning bright and early…” Whiskey in the Jar, The Dubliners.

Hubbard finally calls Brianna in for her first job, per their arrangement, and it’s a bit unusual to be sure. But as with all things fae-related, it becomes far more complicated than it seems and Brianna finds herself enmeshed in a bit of fae politics. Can she find her way through the minefield Hubbard has landed her in?

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Side Job: Auld Lang Syne

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“I’ve had some lovely extraordinary experiences on New Year’s Eve,” Debbie Harry.

Brianna receives an invitation to the annual New Year’s Eve Ball at Nirvana, as well as a gown to wear to it, from Nerise as a birthday present. Brianna and Loomis finally consummate their relationship and Loomis attends his first White Court function. Meanwhile, Hubbard calls in Brianna on another job, this one being a bit of more in her wheelhouse than the last one. But when Brianna tries to beat the fey at his own game, she may put the life of a mundane mortal at risk.

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Side Job: People of the Moon

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“We used to have more than 90 long houses along the Snoqualmie River and its tributaries – the highways used to travel from village to village. Fish, game, trees, and roots provided everything needed to live. These things were given to us by Transformer during ancient times when animals could talk and before so many things became the way they are now. Snoqualmie Indian Tribe members are People of Moon who have lived, hunted, and fished this area as long as the earth and rivers remember. We are still here today caring for the land, water, fish, and game given to us.” — Snoqualmie Tribe Website

Loomis is called by to “The Rez” to investigate the murder of someone he used to know, This brings up a lot of old resentments in Loomis about his childhood and resentments in tribal elders about Loomis’ leaving the reservation. The elders of his community thought his gifts made him special, maybe some kind of “savior” of the community—instead he got into trouble and then left. Loomis feels a bit guilty about that. Brianna accompanies him on his journey and they both discover that there is something more sinister afoot with the killing than was first thought.

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Side Job: Ransom

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“I learned how to comport myself among trolls, elves, hobbits or goblins. I learned that a friend can be lost to greed and avarice. I learned that solving riddles may be as important a survival skill as bowmanship. I know how to talk to a dragon, and that it’s best not to.”—Karen Joy Fowler

Brianna receives a strange visitor in the form of a “Mr. Bradbury.” Bradbury reveals that Nerise Patel and Clive are in his custody and that he is now the holder of the favor Brianna owes to Nerise. And he knows exactly how he’d like to use that favor…

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Side Job: Dead Man Stomp

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“I would do anything for love…but I won’t do that. I won’t do that…” Meatloaf

Brianna and Loomis go out on the town in Seattle to a old-style speakeasy and get caught up in a situation involving zombies, jazz, and organized crime.

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The Karkana Chronicles

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