A couple of thugs lost in the woods and looking for a phone, stumble upon an ancient force in a remote cabin and unwittingly throw it in the car. That’s when it starts talking to them.
It’s just a briefcase. It holds whatever you desire. If you want what’s inside (and trust me, you do), you will have to pay the price. Go ahead and open it. You know you want to.
Written and paced well, Relic of Death is a solid novella from David Bernstein and Darkfuse.