ShinyQuest, by Julia Watson. Episode 11

Reacting on instinct, Surzl’s hand flew to her holy symbol, the words of her incantation whispered in such a rush that the syllables ran together like one long word: “aquiestravaobscura.”

Dragon Fall, by Thomas C. Mavroudis. Episode 2

Duma crept into the circular nave, brandishing an oil lamp like a flail. The lamps in the chapel were trimmed, and burned with a clean but low light. It must have been the sexton’s final task before his head was caved in.

ShinyQuest, by Julia Watson. Episode 10

Everything happened in a blur, all at once. That horrid click sounded under Isabog’s foot. Mags’ face twisted into a grimace of dread, the puny rogue instinctively flipping back and away.

Folley’s Circus, by Lucio Rodriguez. Episode 12

The wind was picking up. It wasn’t a constant blowing, but sudden gusts that shoved one aside or threw the dry soil about. Gaspard shielded his eyes. Already his ears and the bottom of his pockets carried a fine layer of dirt.

ShinyQuest, by Julia Watson. Episode 8

The air whuffed from her lungs as she hit the ground, and Mags rolled to her feet just as the door of the wooden cage slammed shut behind her. The human scout who’d captured her hastily replaced the heavy lock, testing it to make sure it held firm.

Bergdorf and Associates, by Thomas C. Mavroudis. Episode 11

I follow Cruz and his Grandmother up and down the aisles of their store in a complex pattern. I’m neither relieved nor concerned that they were waiting for me—it’s testament, I suppose, to the weight of being successful in my task for Bergdorf.