- Let me thread you a story…(1-20)
- Sheriff Rosa Limonada came to us by way of Texarkana where she worked as a deputy in a little town named Spoot.
- The sheriff she worked for had nothing but high praise for her. Said she was the crucial factor in solving their La Llorona murder case.
- She’s fit in well in Portalville and been a fine sheriff to us. She has this special power to quell magic. Mostly, she doesn’t use it.
- But if somebody is behaving bad magically, the sheriff can hawk up a metaphorical anti-magic spitball and launch it into their face.
- Do no harm is taken seriously ‘round these parts, and the sheriff enforces it—in the nicest possible way.
- If some of the young ‘uns get a little too rowdy with their mischief spells on a Saturday night, Sheriff Limonada knows how to calm ‘em.
- She’s mostly live and let live when it comes to magical working. If you do no harm, you’ll never hear from her.
- Most folks do as they will and harm none, but once in awhile someone gets out of hand or really full of themselves and needs quelling.
- Mostly, though, the sheriff uses her powers for the more sinister characters that slip into town.
- The last one was a skinwalker straight out of Uintah County in Utah. Was bothering folks’ cattle something fierce.
- Borrowing folks’ faces, too, and walking around like it owned the town. When it took the form of Mayor Begay the sheriff took action.
- Like a scene from one of them Old West movies, with the skinwalker standing at one end of Main Street, the sheriff at the other.
- The skinwalker reached out its hand, fit to steal the sheriff’s face or soul, and Sheriff Limonada drew her gun.
- The skinwalker laughed, a sound like rocks grinding together, cuz skinwalkers can’t be harmed by bullets.
- But the sheriff marshalled her resources and yelled, “Kapow!” at the thing as she launched her anti-magic.
- The skinwalker’s laugh turned to a shriek like ice ripping through a steel hull and it disappeared in a fiery ball.
- Took a helluva lot out of the sheriff, all that energy, but the critter ain’t never been back, so Sheriff Limonada did a real good job.
- She said it made an interesting change from wrangling drunks and setting up speed traps.
- All things considered, though, she hopes she doesn’t have to face one again soon.
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Mirrored from Better Than Dead.