The Curiously Stunted, Incomprehensibly Disjointed, Perfectly Inadequate Adventures of Nicholas Cornelius Holloway – Episode 95

It wasn’t supposed to happen.

You found the midnight market. You traded real money for fairy gold. You spent the gold before dawn because at dawn the gold, the market, and whatever you had purchased disappeared.

Except for the experience. The experience remained.

That’s how it was supposed to work.

That’s how it always worked.

But the sun was up. The market was gone. Her feather hat was gone. And here she stood holding a single sparkling coin.

Fairy gold.

“You have a choice,” said a voice.

She turned around.

“You can keep the coin.” The elf was perched on a rock wearing her hat. “Or the memory.”

She considered the coin. She considered the options.

She wanted both.

She shoved the coin in her pocket and ran for it. She ran until she couldn’t remember why she was running, or why she had a rock in her pocket.

The Curiously Stunted, Incomprehensibly Disjointed, Perfectly Inadequate Adventures of Nicholas Cornelius Holloway – Episode 94

The rookie snickered.

“Something funny?” said the detective.

“These warrants are a joke right? Elijah (see Carmel), Moses (Egypt, prince, former), Jesus of Nazareth. I mean okay, Moses murdered a guy. Elijah, several hundred. But I thought the deal with Jesus was that he was totally innocent. Never broke any laws.”

The detective shrugged. “Broke the laws of physics.”

“But they’re dead. Or gone. We’re supposed to find these guys?”

“Our department is granted some… latitude in the pursuit of justice.”

“We break the laws of physics.”

“We bend them. We don’t break them. No one’s above the law.”

“One of those guys might be,” she mumbled.

“Pardon?”

“Hungry,” she blurted. “Phew, I’m hungry.”

He grabbed his overcoat. “Come on, I’ll show you the best donut shop in all of space and time.”

“That’s a hefty claim. Infinite space-time means infinite donut shops.”

“Don’t overthink it, rookie. Rule one.”