Next Town Over is on a semi-hiatus due to my first kid and my eroded buffer. I didn’t want to leave the place sit idle during this indeterminate span, though, so I asked you what you wanted to see in the interim, and you overwhelmingly voted for a visually simpler short story I could keep up with updating while I square away motherhood and the first NTO collection (I’d be much obliged if you could help out with that, incidentally). This is it — I promise next week something will finally, sort of, happen in the story, too.

Black and Hunter will eventually return in Next Town Over Book 5: Wayward.