CHAPTER FIVE HUNDRED AND NINETY-THREE
“We didn’t tell anybody because the man with the white eyes told us it was a secret,” Paddie said.
“How did you find out?” Colin asked.
“It’s kind of a long story involving things that has to do with someone else’s family mess,” Jacob said. “They’ve asked us not to speak about it.”
Scowling at the information, Colin nodded that he understood what Jacob meant.
“I have a shiny sword too!” Katy said hoping to ease the tension.
Katy opened her hand and the Vanquisher appeared with the grip in her palm. The adults sucked in a breath at the sight of the sword appearing out of nowhere.
“We learned about this sword while they were gone,” Jill said. “Katy was able to send me a message asking about it.”
“And?” Colin asked.
“It’s a companion to the Sword of Truth,” Jill said. “Created in the time of the Titans.”
“Titans? Like before the Greek Gods?” Colin asked.
“Is this a joke?” Colin asked. “Our child goes missing and the story is filled with fantasy and…”
“Dad,” Jill said calmly.
Perses appeared in full armor carrying his sword. Colin and Julie’s mouths fell open in shock. Laughing, Paddie jumped up and down. Assessing the situation quickly, Perses put away his sword and picked up Katy. She kissed his cheek.
“Have you met my father?” Jill asked.
Colin and Julie shook their heads slowly.
“Perses,” Jill’s father said.
“The Titan,” Jacob said.
“You’re a friend of my sister Alex,” Colin said. “Does she know that you are a Titan?”
“Your sister, Alex, knows anything she wishes to know,” Perses said with a grin. “She is singularly one of my favorite human beings.”
Colin gave him a vague nod.
“If you’re a Titan, how did you get held captive?” Colin asked.
“That’s a very long story,” Perses said. “How did the children get home?”
“I believe Katy’s sword drew me there to get them,” Jacob said.
Perses gave him a nod and looked at Katy.
“May I see my old sword again?” Perses asked.
“This was yours?” Katy asked.
She opened her hand and the Vanquisher appeared. Perses took the sword from her and looked at it before giving it back. Katy closed her hand and the sword disappeared.
“No worse for wear,” Perses said. “Why am I here?”
“We’re trying to explain the Sword of Truth to Colin and Julie,” Jacob said.
“The reason the children were stolen from their beds,” Jill said.
“Ah, yes,” Perses said.
“Colin is struggling with it not being ‘real,’” Jacob said.
“Ah, yes,” Perses said with a nod. “It’s hard for a soldier such as yourself to believe in anything you cannot touch or taste.”
Colin took in Perses words. After a moment, Colin nodded.
Denver Cereal continues tomorrow…
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