“Can’t get enough of you, Love,” chapter 9 of Martha’s Children, is now available. Martha warned Ned to stay away from sorcerers. By reputation, they are dangerous, devious, and capricious. All of which describe the sorceress named Make Love Not War quite well. So why is Ned asking for her help? And how is she going to treat the request of a mere vampire, let alone one who’s on the outs with her friend Martha? The answers to those questions surprise them both!
If you’re not been following Martha’s Children, my serialized story of cops and vampires in 1969 Chicago, you can start reading here. A new chapter goes up every Friday.
I’d planned an essay on “new age” spirituality, but my head’s a bit rattled this morning. Much of the region is shut down while they hunt for the surviving suspect from the Boston Marathon bombing. So we’re relying on news feeds, laden with uninformative fragmentary facts, rumors, and falsehoods, to figure out what’s going on. Turns out one of the suspects was living and going to school within a fifteen-minute walk from where I live in Cambridge. So much for the violence being only across the river in Boston.
Still, this is the second time in five days we’ve been going through crisis reaction in the area. I’ve read how people subjected to repeated crises become blasé about them, with London during the Blitz being a famous example. I’m seeing the same thing happening to myself. Monday was a horror. Today, we’ll just live through it.
I’d carefully considered Ned’s psychology, waking up to find himself a vampire, and wondered if I had got it right. I can still wonder, but I know that what I’ve portrayed is possible. People do adapt to horrors. Whether that’s good or bad is worth thinking about.