Talisman Of El
Manhattan, New York
January 25, 2013, 11:15 P.M.
lined with bookshelves and a high ceiling of gold leaf and
bas-relief sculptures. He stopped when he saw his father
standing behind the large mahogany desk at the back of the
room, riling through the wall safe. A muscle in his jaw ticked.
‘You’re alive then,’ he said.
‘Not now, Derkein.’ His father closed the safe, covering it
with a portrait of his wife.
Folding his arms across his chest, Derkein advanced on
DERKEIN ODESSA SAUNTERED INTO a study