Here's a teaser for my fantasy-noir story, Paper Dragons. My family will recognize the name of the main character. It's going to be a tribute to my grandfather, Charles Anderson. I thought it was appropriate since this story will eventually appear in an anthology to benefit military families. Plus, it's set in 1930s Los Angeles and features some of the stuff my old Grandpa Chuck loved.
The name’s Boyd, Charles Boyd, friends call me Chuck. Not many people call me Chuck, but who wants to hear a sob story? No one, that’s who, and besides I have enough people to worry about just looking after myself. In my line of work, friends are a distraction. Tracking dragons is a tricky business, one where distractions can get you killed.