A Few Months Before Mirrorfall
To most people, Merlin is Agent Jones' adopted son, a child with a generally bright and sunny disposition, despite the horrors of his childhood.
A few with the right security access know that one of his parents was a demon.
Three people know of the pieces of mirror embedded up and down the boy's spine, and the strange, effortless magic that he's capable of performing with barely a thought.
And all of this is something Jones has to manage, while also running a department in one of the worst-performing Agencies in the world.
Novella: XXk words
1 Year Before Mirrorfall
Michael Hu Luk - known better to himself and the world as Raz - struggles to make it from day to day.
On a bad day, when colours hurt, and the walls are screaming, he receives a kindness that changes his life - a pair of headphones that never tangle, and that repair themselves.
On investigation, they lead him straight to the Agency, and a chance at a different life.
Novella: 20k words
5 Years Before Mirrorfall
After a boring day preparing a new network, Screen returns to her workplace, and walks into a hostage situation.
Hiding in the storage area, she contacts the Agency, and Jones rushes to organise a rescue before all of her coworkers are killed or taken into Faerie.
Short Story: 12k words