CHAPTER FIVE HUNDRED and EIGHTY-FIVE
Wednesday morning — 9:04 a.m.
“I didn’t even see her!” Paddie said. “She came up behind me and reached for …”
Paddie gestured to what looked like a fake wooden sword, but was actually the Sword of Truth.
“I was sitting at my seat,” Paddie said. “And she just reached for it.”
The toes haired boy gave a rueful shake of his head. He was now taller than Katy but slight.
“What happened?” Charlie asked.
“She blew up,” Paddie said. He nodded. “That’s what happened when you touch a Sword of Power and don’t have its permission. Or at least that’s what Uncle Nelson told me.”
“She blew up?” Tink asked.
“Bits of flesh and much all over everyone,” Paddie said.
All of his older kid friends, which were mostly Katy’s family, made faces like they were disgusted. They were seated in a circle “sharing their morning” with each other. The older kids teacher thought it might help the littler kids if the older kids listened to what had happened.
Of course, Katy’s class had no memory of anything happening.
“Gross,” Paddie said with nod. “The girl behind me started screaming at the top of her lungs. She had to go home. The rest of us had to change into our gym clothes.”
“What did the principal say about what happened?” Nicole asked.
“She didn’t say anything,” Paddie said. “When one of the know-it-all girls tried to tell her, she just said, ‘That’s nice.’”
“Weird,” Charlie said.
“Really weird,” Nicole said. “Do you think she’s in league with the fairies?”
“I don’t trust her,” Nash said. “We used to have another principal but she retired. This one is probably a fairy or a fairy sympathizer.”
“She’s not,” Katy said with a shake of her head.
They turned to look at her. The door opened and the principal came in the room. Teddy cleared his throat but Paddie beat him to it.
“What is she?” Paddie asked in a low voice.
“She’s a Titan,” Katy said in the same timber. “Leto. She’s the sister of my Granddaddy’s first wife. He calls her ‘Sister.’ She was looking for something to do in the modern world and Granddaddy encouraged her to apply.”
“Auntie Valerie hired her,” Katy said with a nod. “She likes being here with us and I heard Mommy say that she was a surprisingly good principal.”
“What do we call her?” Nicole asked. “We can’t just call her ‘Leto, mother of Apollo and Artemis’!”
“She’s going by Latona Palio,” Katy said.
“I’m Mrs. Palio,” the principal said. She smiled at the children. “I was wondering if I might speak with Miss Marlowe here and Mr. Hargreaves.”
Charlie stood up in front of her. He towered over the “woman.”
“Not without us,” Charlie said.
Denver Cereal continues tomorrow…
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