This story is set in the Swarm Cycle Universe created by Thinking Horndog. Any resemblance between the content of this story or any of the characters depicted herein and real persons or events is probably coincidental.
The tale of Azahar parallels and extends my previously published stories. It should not be necessary to have read "The Librarian", which itself incorporates "The Starbucks Incident" and "The Starbucks Aftermath", or "Behind Enemy Lines". Some survivors from "Behind Enemy Lines" appear in Chapter 11, which also begins the sequel to "The Starbucks Aftermath". The continuation of "The Librarian" starts at Chapter 24. The short story "A Pickup in Texas" is included as Chapter 31.
This story also contains oblique and direct references to the works of other Swarm Cycle authors including The Duke of Ramus' "The Cadet Saga" and "Neptune", and Allan Joyal's "A Peril at Ishtar".
I am grateful for Mulligan's help making this tale easier to read. I alone am responsible for the errors, omissions, and inaccuracies contained within this story.
WARNING: ADULT CONTENT! This story contains scenarios that are unsuitable for minors and narrow-minded individuals. It contains sex, violence, and other socially unacceptable behavior. You have been warned!