Death in the PPNW
Veruca and Finn: Soul Bound
Veruca Lake is a Reaper, collecting souls directly for Belial, the Prince of Hell. Finn is a necromancer, though he's not very good at it. Finn's not good at much of anything, really, which is how he ends up on the run and in Veruca's arms.
Finn's a failure, at necromancy and life in general. "It's not my fault," he'd insist, looking deep into your eyes as he lifts your wallet. You'd catch him, of course. Because he's a failure.

Veruca, on the other hand, is competence personified. She has to be, working as a Reaper directly for the Prince of Hell. When Finn shows up in a stolen sport coat and uses Veruca as cover from his murderous mistress' glowering goons, she finds the one thing she may not be so good at: resisting Finn's handsome face.
John blinked, lost, and Veruca fought the urge to laugh. She'd come across a great many dopes in her life and it never failed to amuse her how easily they were manipulated by non sequiturs or double speak. As far as he was concerned she and this Angelina were in cahoots. It was at odds with what he'd known walking into the building, but Veruca knew what she looked like in her red dress and needle-thin heels. This man was used to taking power's word and, at the moment, the only power speaking was her.
Ch. 3
Finn's turned Veruca's life upside down in the best possible way. He's generous, beautiful, funny, and the best lover she's ever known. He's also a magnet for trouble, attracting it like he's the floor and it's the buttered side of toast.

Despite that, when an emissary of the fae shows up accusing Finn of reckless necromancy, she knows something isn't right. Finn's been a thief and a conman, but he isn't capable of murder. With help from an unlikely--and unlikeable--source, Veruca must follow a trail of blood and bodies and hope they lead her to the person who's making Finn look bad in the eyes of Fairy. His life may depend on it.
The monster had its back to Finn, facing Veruca down as if he could intimidate her. Finn had seen Veruca deal with worse, though, and knew her to be formidable. He wasn't too worried about her safety, even with a formerly angry zombie at her feet. She'd borrowed Finn's necromancy once, and it had ended poorly for the person she'd set against.
Ch. 3
It starts with a trail of bodies, and things get so much worse.

The Prince of Hell's come with an assignment, asking Veruca to help him track down and protect a banshee from the queen of all Fairy. She's the best suited for the task, both because she's a badass Reaper with friends in low places, and because of her deep connection to a certain special necromancer. Knowing Belial wouldn't give her an impossible task, she agrees.

One by one, things go sideways, putting those she loves in grave peril, stripping away her support structures, and leaving her out in the cold.

Cruelly separated from Belial by powerful Fairies, the danger of the hunt, and a newfound knowledge that threatens her very sanity, Veruca must rely on only her wits and her friends to survive. In the end, it all comes down to hard choices she never thought she'd have to makeā€”and asking herself if loving Finn is really worth the world itself.

Veruca could barely concentrate on what Stefanie was saying because Finn looked more and more like he was about to do something stupid.
Ch. 26
Free Read!
There's nothing Finn wouldn't do for his true love, even if she does have to spend February 14th in stuffy meetings analyzing charts and graphs. While she tends to her empire, antics abound at home, where Finn's cutting out paper hearts, setting the table for a fancy dinner, and risking his fingers lighting candles. He's determined to do everything he can to ensure they share a steamy evening, even if it does mean getting paper cuts in some very delicate places.

Check in on what Finn and Veruca have been up to since Rattle, and get in the mood for Valentine's Day!
Romance on the Go
It was just like Finn to turn a romantic trip into a hostage situation.

Veruca had intended to enjoy a fun weekend full of bawdy banter and spontaneous sex with her hot boyfriend. Now she's racing to track down a bunch of housewives, stop them from sacrificing her man, and hopefully make nice with a demon.

Finn knows something up, even though the women who nabbed him, stripped him, and tied him to a tree don't seem to be all that bad. There's nothing wrong with being naked and surrounded by ladies, not as far as Finn's concerned. Still, the masks, robes, and secret forest rendezvous seem a little suspicious.

It'll work out in the end, he tells himself. Surely Veruca will save the day just like she always does. And maybe, if he's lucky, the sight of him bound and bare will give her some sexy ideas about how they can finish out their evening together.

Murmur takes place after Metal.
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