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Fire Water

by Jaye Wells

Publication Date—Jan 06, 2015

Rookie cop Kate Prospero only has one more training assignment to pass before she’s officially sworn in to Babylon Police Department. But the veteran cop in charge of the river patrol boat is a salty old guy isn’t happy about playing tour guide to a rookie and seems even less interested in real police work. But while on patrol, they stumble on to what appears to be a floating dirty magic lab. This highly combustible situation might finally be the key to these two unlikely partners finding common ground.

Word count: 19,000 words.


Pretty much any cop can tell you the story of their first arrest. Also the first time they pointed a gun at someone–or had one shoved in their face. The first handcuffing, the first black eye, the first time a perp puked on them–and, for some, the first person they killed.

My first collar wasn’t all that memorable. Just a speeding ticket that led to an arrest for outstanding warrants.

My second was mildly more interesting, but not exactly earth-shattering. Underage girl selling three-dollar blow jobs in an alley off Stark Street. When she’d seen me coming, she hadn’t fought at all.

Not surprising since I basically caught her with a mouthful of incriminating evidence. No, my first two busts weren’t that impressive. Sure, the second got a couple of laughs when told over beers at O’Malley’s near the Cauldron cop shop. But it wasn’t a contender for best war story compared to some of the fucked up shit the veteran cops on our squad had seen. Working in a magical ghetto didn’t have a lot of advantages–except when it came to outdoing your cronies with fish tales of junky wizards and potion peddling homunculi.

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