Ch. 7.4 In the Weapon Master’s House —
Then Eli remembered what Wizard Colin had said. The leprechaun had given him three wishes. Eli thought frantically. And then, he had it.
Eli pointed downward. “I wish that cockroach on the floor was a cat.”
A ripple of energy seemed to sizzle around the cockroach, and then poof! A black cat crouched on the floor below him.
The dog took one look at the cat and leaped towards him, snarling. The cat’s hair stood on end. Yowling, it dashed out of the room. Cudgel cursed as he sprang from his bed and raced after the barking dog.
“How did a cat get in this house?” he yelled.
Eli jumped down from the rafters, grabbed the keys, and ran to the window. He shoved open the shutters and climbed through, and then raced back up the street towards the castle. He used the keys to get in the side door, stopped at the royal armory to get his vorpal sword, and then left the keys in Cudgel’s desk where he would find them in the morning.
Then Eli slipped in the servants’ entrance and ran up the servants’ stairways to the attic, where he hid his sword in an old chest under several faded ball gowns.
Eli looked out the window over the kingdom, feeling determined. His brothers could guard outside, but if the day came that someone brought a sword into the castle and tried to kill Ezra, then Eli would be ready to defend his little brother.
Eli crept down the stairway to the nursery, hoping to elude discovery, but he had used up his invisibility time.
His mother sat in the rocking chair, holding the baby and singing a sweet song to him. His sister sat in her little rocker, singing to her doll. When Esther saw him, she stood up. “Mama, Eli’s back.”
Queen Natalie put the baby in the cradle and came to him. She sank to the floor, put her arms around Eli, and burst into tears. “Oh, Eli, I’ve been so worried.”
Eli would rather have faced his father’s wrath than his mother’s tears.