11 Opposites Attract

 The Arizona Highway Patrol cruiser pulled up in front of the faded pink mobile home festooned with iron sculptures of all shapes and sizes in the front yard. Inside the house, Lizzy was listening to Tyler, The Creator, on her…

10- A Night To Remember

Yo  

Same song and dance  

Damn girl everywhere I go  

Same song and dance’  

Lizzy swiped wildly at her phone but wound up just knocking it off its charging cradle onto her bedroom floor. Then it careened under her bed…  

9- Desert Nightmare

Bud Granato had one of the most lucid and fitful dreams he can ever remember. Usually, he doesn't dream at all. Most nights, it's more like passing out than falling asleep. His drinking has gotten exponentially worse, and some nights…

8- It Was Some Guy Named Barry

Damian ended his call and reached for his cap. There's been a crash on the I-10 near the Arizona/California border at Mile Marker 10. Several days have gone by since his last on-site investigation, and this new crash is just…

7- Hey Boil Man!!

Barry looked around the room. This room. This house? It seemed very familiar, but something was off. For one thing, he could hear his mother talking in the kitchen. She was on the phone gabbing with her friend from the…

6- Meeting with the Jankins

Sheriff Koontz pulled into Eileen Jankins' driveway. Eileen and her daughter lived in an upscale mobile home park located just off the Rio Vista Highway north of downtown Parker. The yard was full of iron sculptures in varying stages of…

5 - A Tale of Two Sheriffs

Damian’s team completes their analysis of the crash site, but it took almost six hours. After about two hours - fearing the eastbound I-10 traffic would back up all the way into California and nervous that the motorists stuck in…

4 - We're not in Kansas anymore, are we?

Barry gazed ahead sleepily. It was like he was just coming to his senses, like a person who just woke up from a deep sleep. Except, this felt very different! He performed a quick scan of himself but could not…

3 - A Morbid Prelude to the Paranormal

"Sheriff Koontz, is it?" Damian asked, extending his hand to the Sheriff. "Damian Fernandez. I'm the lead investigator from the Yuma office." For a moment, the Sheriff just stood there. Damian couldn't see his eyes behind those Ray-Bans, but he…

2- Damian's First Assignment With The Crash Team

"There's a wrong-way crash out on eastbound I-10 near Quartzsite. It's a bad one too! You better get your team out there right away, Trooper Fernandez," said the dispatcher sternly. Damian hung up the phone and turned to other troopers…

1- The Sheriff's Chase Ends in Tragedy

The heat radiated from the sunbaked blacktop as smoke from the smoldering wreckage that was once a Dodge Caravan wafted lazily for dozens of yards in every direction. Arizona summers are always hot, and this section of the Copper State…