One night without protection led to French-Canadian fae bartender Juliette Aubrey catching lycanthropy. Now half faerie, half werewolf, and entirely pissed off, Juliette has the chance for revenge when the last person she wants to see strolls into her bar needing help.
This short story download also contains two bonus stories.
A Vampire Walked Into a Bar: Pat knows there are vampires in his city, and now he has visual proof. He's set up a meeting with someone who might be able to stop them...but there's a vampire or two who might have something to say about that.
Zombie Faeries: When a vampire entered her territory uninvited, faerwolf Juliette Aubrey decided to teach her a lesson. Unfortunately for her, that vampire is Zara Lain. And unfortunately for the both of them, they aren't the only big, bad creatures of the night in the cemetery when they meet.
Whiskey Sour originally appeared in the anthology Bad-Ass Faeries 2: Just Plain Bad.
17 000 words.
Award-winning author Skyla Dawn Cameron has been writing approximately forever. Her early storytelling days were spent acting out strange horror/fairy tales with the help of her many dolls, and little has changed except that she now keeps those stories on paper. She signed her first book contract at age twenty-one for River, a unique werewolf tale, which was released to critical and reader praise alike and won her the 2007 EPPIE Award for Best Fantasy. She now has multiple series on the go to keep her busy, which is great for her attention deficit disorder.
Skyla lives in Southern Ontario where she dabbles in art, is an avid gamer, and watches Buffy reruns. She’s naturally brunette, occasionally a redhead, and currently blonde. If she ever becomes a grown-up, she wants to run her own pub, as well as become world dictator. You can visit her on the web at www.skyladawncameron.com for free fiction, book news, a community forum, and tons of other totally awesome stuff.
Skyla did a wonderful job in a short story of bringing Jules into her powers. She is one tough chick that I want to see again in the future. I loved the quick fix for action and this world.Melissa -- My World...in words and pages
"Skyla Dawn Cameron invents new creatures to keep the reader entertained. The possibilities of a werewolf and faerie mix are endless. The mystery of the creation of Zombie Faeries is left unsolved and begs to be answered. Juliette and Zara are strong independent women who are not afraid to fight for what they want. What does the future hold for Juliette and Zara?"
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I think I picked up his scent even before he entered the bar.
As I ran a damp cloth over the counter, something tickled my nose and recognition sparked. I breathed in sharply, my rational brain telling me my instincts were wrong. My instincts and brain were usually at war like that.
In this instance, I ignored my instincts.
I’d never caught his scent fresh like that before, and I guess that’s why my brain didn’t trust my nose. Weeks after the morning he left, when I had just begun to realize something was wrong with me and hundreds of different scents had assaulted my nose, his was among them. Old, watered down, lingering in the corners of my apartment where I hadn’t cleaned. And it was that uncertainty, that lack of trust in my abilities and my instincts that came back to me as I cleaned my area of the bar, sensing someone I knew shouldn’t be there.
It’s nothing. Focus on work, moron.
Maybe it was just wishful thinking on my part, rather than full-blown doubt. If he showed up at my place of work again, I’d have to kill him, and then I’d probably be made to leave work for a few days without pay. And I do like to get paid.
The bar wasn’t busy, just a handful of patrons—mostly regulars—peppered about. Someone was moaning to Luc about shit across the room while my coworker collected his glass and offered another. Music played low over the speakers, some depressing alternative track that seemed to echo the mood of the room. I dropped the cloth in the sink under the counter and went about refilling the peanuts, immersing myself in the noise and smells around me, ignoring the niggling in the back of my brain.
In my peripheral vision, I saw a patron slide onto a barstool near me.
“Whiskey sour,” came a voice I wished I didn’t recognize.
A knot coiled in my gut and my gaze slid toward him. A cocky grin met me—one I immediately wanted to smack away. Given the strength not directly apparent in my skinny arms, I probably could have done it too, and knocked him clear across the bar before he knew what hit him. Bit of glamour to disguise it, make up something about him trying to assault me, and no one would be the wiser.
Instead, I reached under the bar for a heavy glass. I set it on the counter with a noticeable thud. My movements methodical, I filled it with ice, lime juice, and finished with a shot of whiskey. I held onto the drink, however, and stared at him expectantly. “Cash up front.”
His eyes, which were a dark brown with amber ringing the inner iris, lit up with amusement. “Think I’ll take off without paying?”
I ground my teeth so hard I thought I might break something. “Just looking for an excuse to throw you out.”
He pulled a ten from his suede jacket pocket, set it on the bar, and slid it my way. “There you go,” he said, meeting my gaze in a challenge.
Within me, I had the same fight to establish dominance as he did, but luckily I had a strong enough will to not give in to those urges. I passed him the damn drink, took his money, and promptly put him out of my mind. Easier said than done, but I was willing to work at it.
“Juliette,” he said.
The old cash register dinged as I popped it open to deposit his money. “Oh, so you remember my name?”
“Can we talk?”
I closed the register drawer. Screw it—I’d keep the change. “We are talking.”
“I mean in private.”
I gestured around the bar. “Quiet night. This is about as private as you’re getting, so say your piece, then get out, Toby.”
Thankfully, a new customer took a seat a few stools away from him. I went to take her order and clear my head for a minute or two.
“That guy bothering you, Jules?” whispered Luc as he approached me. He was supposed to be working the other end of the bar but could never resist coming over to bug me throughout the night. Luc had an annoying sense of what he’d call chivalry, but which I found chauvinistic. At least Toby had that going for him; he didn’t treat me like an infant just because I lacked a dick.
“Just an old acquaintance,” I said, with what I hoped was a believable smile. “Owes me money is all.” Luc must have accepted the explanation, because he returned to his spot to refill the glasses of a couple of regulars.
I decided to look for something else to do rather than leave myself open for conversation with Toby. My long, bone-straight dark hair required some fixing, of course. And I had a new pair of long silver earrings that grazed my shoulders, so I decided to play with those for awhile. All very important work, I might add.
“I really need to talk to you,” Toby said as I began obsessively wiping the bar down again. Though genuine seriousness touched his tone, I didn’t believe it for a second. It did seem, however, that he wouldn’t be leaving until he’d told me whatever it was he’d come there to say. Just in case it was an apology, I decided to hear him out.
“I’m taking a break in a half hour, depending on how busy we are,” I said, and then gestured to an empty booth at the back of the room. “Wait over there. Try not to talk to me until I come over there. Remember we kick people out for not spending money.”
“Sure thing, honey.” A smile lit his face, eyes flashing dangerously, and I tried to recall where the nearest fork was so I could stab him in the forehead. I might have enough strength to push it through his skull, and I wouldn’t be opposed to testing the idea.
I watched him go, his saunter annoying me almost as much as his grin had. He followed my instructions without complaint, though he stopped to charm the new young waitress, Marie, and order something more to drink.
As far as one-night stands go, Toby was definitely the one I regretted the most. Some chicks wake up pregnant, or with herpes, or with a really nasty hangover.
I woke up infected with lycanthropy, which particularly sucks when you’re a faerie.