B.G. Hilton – Author

South Hertling Chronicles Book One: Do It Yourself

Chapter 1 – The Reunion – Handy Pavilion employee and reformed supervillain Axel Platzoff meets a man he’d hoped never to see again.

Chapter 2 – A Wooden Chorus – Lovelorn Gwen Harper is offered romantic assistance by the mysterious Pennington

Chapter 3 – The Mystic Spring – a plumbing accident reveals a hidden secret that Fiona never knew she had

Chapter 4 – Coffee Break – Fiona questions her role at the Pavilion while we learn more about Gwen’s deal with Pennington

Chapter 5 – The Shirts – Axel enlists the help of Norman to escalate his struggle against the DIY Barn

Chapter 6 – Luminiferous – What is the mysterious secret behind Sadie and Angela McGregor’s feud?

Chapter 7 – Diversion – Can Belinda or Axel help Captain Stellar deal with the consequences of his breakup

Chapter 8 – The Newsletter – Conspiracy theorist Carl Wintergreen attempts to explain an armoured car robbery in his weekly newsletter with mixed results

Chapter 9 – The Phial – Just what is going on between Norman and Fiona? Will Gwen make a deal with Pennington to win Norman’s heart?

Chapter 10 – A Dilemma For Wellsey – Wellsey suspects that Fiona may have been involved in the armoured car heist… But dare he ask her?

Chapter 11 – Silver Men in Moonlight – The Pavilion comes under attack. Can Seamus the Gnome and unemployed ape-man Zorbar save the day?

Chapter 12 – Tea and Scandal – Pavilion Manager Ms Shan returns to work… but has she changed? And what is Norman’s sudden interest in her about?

Chapter 13 – Axel’s Day – Axel’s role in the armoured car heist comes back to haunt him

Chapter 14 – Zorbar and the Ute – Zorbar Ofthechimps comes to an important decision, just before being hit by a truck

Chapter 15 – Light and Dark – What is Angela’s interest in the lovelorn Captain Stellar?

Chapter 16 – Management Conference – Mrs Lebeaux from Centre management gives Ms Shan a reason not to abandon the Pavilion just yet.

Chapter 17 – A Bad Deal, All Round – The alchemist Pennington comes to collect a bill

Chapter 18 – From Across the Veil – In an attempt to locate Zorbar, Carol organises a seance to summon Bruce, the Handy Pavilion’s resident ghost.

Chapter 19 – Origin Story – It’s Laura Cho’s first day on the job and already she must deal with a rogue superhero and an exploding death ray

Chapter 20 – The Return – Laura uses her newfound super-powers to combat a series of baffling ‘accidents’ in the Pavilion.

Chapter 21 – Newsletter 2 – Mrs Lebeaux is not pleased by Karl’s attempts to get to the bottom of the Pavilion accidents

Chapter 22 – No Way Out – Can Wellsey find a way to return to work without being drawn into the struggle against the Barn? Read the chapter title to find out!

Chapter 23 – The Chase – Fiona and killer cyborg/art teacher Nalda hunt for the saboteur who is causing the accidents — the deadly Phantasm of the Pavilion.

Chapter 24 – One Day at a Time – Will Norman tell Captain Stellar about Axel’s role in his downfall?

Chapter 25 – Underground – Christian is the rising star of power tool sales… but who is he really working for?

Chapter 26 – Ghost in the Machine – The DIY Barn launches another attack, and the safety of the Pavilion is in Bruce’s immaterial hands

Chapter 27 – Terror from Tomorrow – A version of Laura from the future travels back to give a warning to her past self. It sort of makes sense. Promise.

Chapter 28 – Axel’s Enemy – Can Nalda help pull Axel out of his spiral of hobbies in time to defeat the Phantasm?

Chapter 29 – Escalation – Ms Shan tries to defuse the growing tension with the DIY Barn. But is Marlon listening?

Chapter 30 – Showdown at Loading Bay Gulch – Buck Dusty’s mother moseys into town.

Chapter 31 – Crossed Words – Fiona attempts to wallow in guilt. The MacGregor sisters don’t mean to let her.

Chapter 32 – Transformations – Karl’s search for the truth leads him to discover what happened to Bruce

Chapter 33 – Family Business – Norman’s father makes a visit. Hilarity ensues.

Chapter 34 – From Bad to Wurst – Nalda — the killer cyborg from the future — meets Fanaka — a scientist from an alternate Afrocentric steampunk past.

Chapter 35 – Toilet Humour – Christian is shocked to discover that the Phantasm’s lair has completely vanished

Chapter 36 – Where Have All the Pulleys Gone? – Present Laura’s budding romance with Carlos is complicated by her future self.

Chapter 37 – Intervention – Wellsey decides that Axel’s hobby mania must end

Chapter 38 – Between Two Doors – The ascendancy of the Barn seems nearly complete. Will Ms Shan follow her conscience or give way to her anger?

Chapter 39 – Testing Times – Fiona’s moral quandary is sidelined in favour of an action sequence.

Chapter 40 – Belinda is Helpful – Not in a big way, or anything. But it is Belinda we’re talking about so any amount of helpfulness is something

Chapter 41 – The Night Talker – Bruce seeks Karl’s help to take on the Barn

Chapter 42 – Time Considered as a Helix of Gossiping Retail Employees – In seeking to help Nalda and Fanaka, Axel dooms the Earth

Chapter 43 – Never Pay Retail – It will take all of Christian’s sales skills to win the help of Pennington without incurring an impossible debt.

Chapter 44 – The Party – Zorbar and Carol’s pre-wedding party is crashed.

Chapter 45 – The Barn Door is Open – Christian discovers Buck Dusty’s secret — but can he get the information to those who need it?

Chapter 46 – Farewell – Old enemies part for the last time

Chapter 47 – Hearts and Skulls – Fanaka discovers a source of unimaginable power, and also gets a job in Cleaning Products.

Chapter 48 – Timing – As Sadie MacGregor spars with Norman’s father, she finds herself morally compromised for the first time

Chapter 49 – Newsletter 3 – In the absence of Karl, a marginally less bizarre Centre newsletter is produced

Chapter 50 – Third Wheels and Fifth Columns – Ms Shan learns what Buck has been up to. Is she too late?

Time-Distorted Chapter 50.5 (Chapter 68): So How Did Axel and Sadie End Up in Prison

Chapter 51 – Incoming! – Seamus helps Laura and Carlos fight off an aerial incursion

Chapter 52 – Inside Your Mind – Pennington fulfills his arrangement with Christian. The Phantasm is back on the warpath

Chapter 53 – A Very DIY Valentine’s Day – The Handy Pavilion is attacked by Mushroom Creatures from CDimension X — and yet, all Nalda can think about is Fanaka

Chapter 54: Deliver Us Not – Will Donna’s attempt to live up to Sadie’s standards be thwarted by Angela?

Chapter 55: Principles of Retail Management – Mushroom Men, Phantasms and impending war — Ms Shan has had enough

Chapter 56: Tall Tales Part 1 – Laura and Bruce confront Buck — but Buck has backstory to deliver

Chapter 57: Gnome Time to Lose – Seamus attempts to free Axel. It sort of works

Chapter 58: Tall Tales Part 2 – Fearful that Buck will deliver more exposition, Laura and Bruce let him go

Chapter 59: The Call – Ms Shan rallies the troops

Chapter 60: Cat and Mouse (and Vole) – Nalda and the Phantasm hunt for the rogue Professor Devistato

Chapter 61: On the Practical Applications of Cosplay – Belinda is extremely helpful

Chapter 62: The Breakroom of War – Christian’s report on the Barn’s defenses reveals a weakness… or a trap

Chapter 63: Twilight at Dawn – Battle is joined

Chapter 64: Apotheosis Now – Norman’s struggle takes an odd turn, and his father steps in

Chapter 65: Scars – As Axel fights the Barnlings in the street, Devistato attacks the Barn from the rear

Chapter 66: War Correspondent – Karl’s view of the battle is interrupted by Buck

Chapter 67: Gaslight – As the battle rages, can MacGregor sisters finally agree?

Chapter 68 (aka Chapter 50.5): So How Did Axel and Sadie End Up in Prison?

Chapter 69: Red Mist– Will Ms Shan have it out with Mr Smith, once and for all.

Chapter 70: Bruce’s Back – Robots v kaiju! Bruce v lumbar trouble!

Chapter 71: Laura’s Future – Laura sets out to solve a mystery: who broke time?

Chapter 72: Pyramid Scheme – The battle draws to a close and the survivors take stock of their strange new world.

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