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Ch 10.2 Flight —
Wizard Colin grabbed Bernice’s hand and waved his free hand over both of them. “Illusium.” Both of them vanished.
Colin and Bernice fled past the angry king and the screaming queen, dodged the milling guests and soldiers, and hurried from the platform. They pushed their way through the crowd and made it out the gates before the king shouted,
“Guards, close the gates! They’re here somewhere.”
Finally safe in the woods, Colin sat down on a log beside Bernice, who was sweating and gasping. He applied the counter spell.
Bernice took one look at him and began to cry. “Oh, Colin, what happened?”
Colin put his arm around her and shook his head grimly. “I don’t know. That’s never happened before. Did you smell something strange right at the end there?”
She nodded. “Something peppery.”
They looked at each other. “Magic,” they both said at the same time.
“Who would do something like this?” asked Colin.
“That poor child. What are we going to do?”
“There will be a death sentence on our heads in Saltonia. We’ve been banished from the city of Nelsonia, and word will spread to all the neighboring kingdoms.” He sighed. “Let’s go to the Tulgey Woods. Maybe after a few decades we’ll be able to gain leniency.”
The couple snuck back home, packed their belongings, and travelled far out into the Tulgey Woods, where they built a cottage near a large Tumtum tree that grew by a burbling stream. There they lived comfortably and happily for many years. Giving name day gifts to babies had always been an exhausting and time-consuming occupation, not to mention hazardous if the parents didn’t like what you said. They were glad to be in retirement. Colin spent his days fishing, and Bernice started painting. She became a very good artist.