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Beneath the Surface

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Arjun, the monster hunter, goes to a town to solve yet another mystery that allegedly involves shapeshifters, but this time, he has to work alone without any help from Mansi, the member of the secret society he works for. Reading time: 44 minutes. Previously: The Companion — A seven-year-old boy finds a doppelganger of him while playing in his backyard, and he does the worst he could've done; he brings him home. & The Krovosos Family — Arjun, the monster hunter, tries to solve the mystery of bloodless bodies, which everyone, at first, thought was the work of vampires but turns out to be something else. ( Click here to see Arjun's whole chronology. ) Thanks to Mansi, a dear friend of mine. Without her help, this story wouldn't have been what it is. In the memory of my loving mother, Suman Lata (1975-2021). Beneath the Surface 1 J oseph grabbed his glass half-filled with alcohol and walked past the kitchen counter on a silent night that spread across a small town. W

The Hunt

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A farmer and his family were preparing to go to sleep when they were attacked by someone or something. Reading time: 13 minutes. The Hunt 1 The bright full moon shone on the village. It was a not-so-cold night of February. I had just finished my dinner and was singing my kids a lullaby. Their mother, my wife, sat on the opposite end of the bed, running her hands across my kids' foreheads, smiling. "...and all the tune that he could play, Was 'over the hills and far away." My cattle rested in the shed with my dog there to protect them. They felt safe together. There was little to no wind swaying across my fields of maize surrounding my farm. It was a quiet night, so my kids fell asleep rather quickly. I slowly faded down my voice to mere whispering and eventually stopped singing. “...over the hills and a great way off, The wind shall blow my top-knot off.” My kids were fast asleep. I ran my hand through their hair too, kissed on their foreheads, trying not to wak

Broken Pieces

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A heart wrenching story of two lovers-turned-enemies, one of them is a drug lord and the other works for a secret organization. Reading time: 26 minutes. Previously - The End and the Beginning — The serial killer is back. He is out killing again and it's up to Roy to catch and stop him . ( See the full chronology ) Chapter One The night was singing a beautiful lullaby as if it was trying to make everyone go to a peaceful sleep, trying to make them drift away into a dreamy world, heaven without any worries of their busy lives or responsibilities. Everything was as quiet as it could be. The wind tip-toed above the lazy and sleepy city. It knew the people only had a few hours before they had to get back to the race. Preeti circled the house one last time, checking everything. She was sure that she had locked every door and window but one can’t be too careful, she thought. The house was in complete dark, everything was at rest. Even the air seemed to have stopped. Preeti walked past

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