“Well, near as I can tell, you’ve got a Class III hybrid manifestation,” Shanika said, scrubbing her hands vigorously. “Normal corporeal matter, but with a definite touch of the exotic. Pretty rare.”

“How rare is pretty rare?” Jen said.

“Well, my predecessor as coroner, old Josiah Washington Jr., saw a total of two Class III hybrids and one Class IV hybrid in his career, if that gives you any indication.”

“And he was coroner for, what was it, twenty years?” said Alan.

“Thirty-five. And the Class IV was the thing that retired him.” Shanika looked up. “Tell me again what this precocious little scamp was doing?”

“Breaking into the Providence Missionary Baptist Church Of All Nations,” Alan said. “Trying to eat the caretaker

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