[Blood Draft]

Heroing is hard. Dying is harder.

When one of Romy Zingel's classmates ends up dead in their quiet college town of Autumn Ridge, she sees it as the perfect opportunity to finally follow her dream of being a hero. It's illegal to hero without certification from The Watchtower, a group that trains and deploys metahumans to save the world (or at least the neighborhood), but it's also illegal to murder students.

​She manages to wrangle a few other people—like her roommate Lian Zhen, an Arcane mage; Ezra Clark, her pyrokinetic friend; Oliver Miller, a mutual on social media; and Tamer Johnson and Milo Alfonsi-Colón, a couple of locals who have no problem with breaking some rules—into her big idea to investigate and solve the murder.

​With each new clue, however, it becomes more and more clear that they're getting into something far deeper than Romy could have ever predicted. And when they discover the truth, they have to decide how they'll spend their last days on Earth as they know it.

READ the first three chapters: Chapter One // Chapter Two // Chapter Three

This draft is ADULT dark fantasy with sexual content, gore, violence, and trauma.

[VIBES]

neon-noir; the crow; the black parade; halloween horror; trick 'r treat; ginger snaps; dark academia; the legend of korra; cult classics; smoking at midnight; small-town secrets; the craft.

[CONTENT WARNINGS]

violence, murder, gore (blood cult sacrifices), explicit sex, traumatic injury/burning. please ask about specific triggers for more info!

[CHARACTERS]

ROMY ZINGEL, protag, geokinetic, disaster bi, conservative jew. she wanted to be a hero but got caught up in life, so now she's jumping in to be a Big Damn Hero and stop a blood cult/old god, nbd. but shit's harder than it sounds!!! damn!!! 

LIAN ZHEN, roommate, arcane mage, wlw. she's possessed by an arcane spirit and saw the whole history of the world as the spirit saw it, so she's studying history to regain that connection; that's what makes her agree to hero, so she can change history & keep the world going!

OLIVER MILLER, emotional support ghost, sappy bi, non-boonary. he's not so much into the business of heroing, but he does support the rest of the lads. he knows how to help them through their trauma because he's a giant bundle of anxiety and depression. he's a sensitive Arteest, okay

TAMER JOHNSON, hydrokinetic, fat, math [baking] bi. she's more of a pro sports kind of hero; doing good is a little secondary to Doing Cool. she's the one who tries to compartmentalize the murders like it's real fake to keep doing the work

MILO ALFONSI-COLÓN, benevolent bro, cryokinetic, token str8 [or IS he]. heroing is kinda cool but milo has to learn that some things (like saving the world) are more important than his social media presence. he means well, but he can be a little dense. it's fine. he gets better.

EZRA CLARK, pyrokinetic, hipster, hashtag woke. he's like romy, in that he's heroing because it's the right thing to do (and because it's a way to use his talents without ethical issues). he's politically conscious and socially aware, and sometimes a little smug about it