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Jay B. R. Wokky Ch. 39.2 — Eli Meets the Gingerbread Witch

Ch. 39.2 – Eli was almost to the front door of the cottage when he heard raised voices inside. Eli stopped and listened.
“You can’t go out there, not like this,” yelled a woman.
“My people need me,” said a man with a deep, rumbling voice. “I need to get back.”
“Lie down. You’ll collapse before you get to the edge of the clearing.”
Eli knocked on the door. The voices hushed. Then the woman called from behind the door. “Who is it?”
“Eli, prince of Nelsonia. Please, I need help.”
After a few moments, Eli heard the sound of an iron bar being drawn, and the heavy door swung open. The woman looked up at him with an anxious expression. “I’m sorry, but I’m with a patient. You’ll have to come back tomorrow.”
“Please, Connie. I’ll stay in the barn. I won’t bother you at all. I just need a warm meal for me and my cat.”
Connie bit her lip.
At that moment Felix appeared at Eli’s feet. His fur all stood on end, and he was hissing. “The axe man is coming. Get inside. Quick!”
“Paul?” Connie’s eyes went round. She yanked Eli inside, and the cat slipped in right behind him. Connie slammed the door shut and locked it. The iron bar slid into place.
They stood in the middle of a small kitchen and living room. Eli took a deep breath of the beautiful warm air. A pot of stew bubbled on the stove. His mouth watered.
Connie put her hands on her hips and scowled at the cat. “Master Felix, I didn’t think I’d see you here again.”
“Save the recriminations for later. He’s almost here.”
She crumpled her apron. “Why tonight of all nights? I’m not ready for this.”
“Connie, I need to talk to you,” said Eli.
“Not right now.” Connie ran into the next room, and Eli followed.

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