Here’s another exceptional excerpt from Tamar Sloan’s Child of Crossroads featured exclusively in Souls & Shadows.

๐— ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐˜€ ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜โ€ฆ๐˜‚๐—ป๐˜๐—ถ๐—น ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐˜†โ€™๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—น๐˜† ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ผ ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐˜‚๐˜€.

I watch as Caleb disembarks after the souls. He pauses to wave, something in his smile seeming to be just for me. I wriggle my fingers back, wondering what the hell is happening to me.

As the train starts up again and heads back to Central Station, I flop back in my chair like he just took all my bones with him. Iโ€™m nothing but a puddle of smiles.

It quickly wears off, like my happiness needs Caleb to sustain it.

Or maybe… itโ€™s what I saw in Melvin.

I shudder, wrapping my arms around myself.

Melvinโ€™s chest was no longer empty after his soul was taken from him. Deep within the space that houses our light and spirit, a wraith had made itself comfortable. It turned his torso into a silently screaming black hole.

I have no doubt that Hades is controlling Melvin.