Chapter 50: The Death of the Laboux’s

Every morning when the bell-ringing wagons would pass the home of Marjorie Laboux, she would gather her daughter Isabella and her mulatto companion Nikki Legêr inside their plantation home so they wouldn’t have to witness the cargo of heaped yellow fever bodies. If Marjorie would have had her way, she would have taken her girls…

Chapter 49: Heaven’s On Fire

Rupert Ausber Merrywhether was an angel. Not the baseball team, or some red beret wearing vigilante, but an actual haloed and winged angel. He governed 2,388 angels who called themselves the Lords of the Heavens of Crystal. Unlike other angels who were so beautiful and magnificent that it was ecstasy just to bask in their…

Chapter 48: Clash of the Gladiators

When the buses arrived at Our Lady of Fatima Summer Camp and the boys had unloaded their three bikes, George handed Buddha Tex’s cell phone and said, “Go ahead and make the call and stay close; this should all go down pretty quickly.”Spider rode Maggie past a group of boys containing Malik, who was showing…

Chapter 45: Bacchus Ball

Back at Le Robwyne high school, Spider stepped into the dance wearing his black Armani suit. He wore a black fedora hat with a gold band Buddha had made in the shape of a crown. The music began and George handed him a cup of punch. “Man, these tuxes are incredible! I feel like James…

Chapter 44: The Little Red Dress

“Hey, Mom, has Buddha come by with the hat yet?” Spider yelled to his Mom who was in the bathroom.“No sign of him. I called Janet. She’s at work. She said he was supposed to meet you at Tex’s.”Spider came out of his bedroom door carrying a tux over his shoulder wrapped in plastic from…

Chapter 42: Vampire-Proof and Soda-Free

The Ice Cream Gangsters, plus Max, were inside Spider’s apartment on a warm Friday evening around the beginning of May when Detective Bernos knocked at the door. “Mr. Chaz, come in,” said Buddha with his 35mm camera strapped around his neck. “Oh, taking pictures?” Chaz was similarly girded with a camera bag he took to…