CHAPTER SIX HUNDRED and NINETEEN
Wednesday mid-day — 3:35 p.m.
“Katy, honey,” Jill said opening the door to Katy’s room.
Katy was standing in the middle of the room. She held the hilt of the Vanquisher sword with both hands while the sharp point was pointed down. There was a black char mark in the wood floor around the point of the sword. Katy was in the middle of saying the word “Paddie” when Jill opened the door.
Not sure how to respond, Jill simply looked at her daughter for a long moment. Katy gave her mother her “seriously frustrated” look.
Jill raised her eyebrows.
“Why doesn’t it work?” Katy asked. She pointed the sword at her mother. “What did you do?”
“Don’t point that thing at me or anyone else!” Jill said. “I am the daughter of a Titan. Do not tempt me.”
“But…” Katy sighed. Her irritation slipped away and she dropped the sword. She looked very small and very sad. “I want Paddie to come here.”
“That’s understandable,” Jill said.
“Why doesn’t it work?” Katy asked. “The sword is supposed to bring me anything I want.”
“Anything?” Jill asked.
“Watch,” Katy said. She set the tip of the sword on the floor. “Ice cream.”
A pint of Tanner and Bladen’s favorite ice cream appeared on the floor.
“See!” Katy asked.
“This is how you get the boys to do what you say,” Jill said fighting to keep the laughter out of her voice.
“Of course,” Katy said.
Jill fought to keep her face neutral.
“Why doesn’t it work for Paddie?” Katy asked.
“Well…” Jill said. She shook her head. “Actually, I’m not sure. I think it’s because you promised not to go on any more adventures. But it could be my Dad or Abi. But more likely it’s that a promise is sacred, especially to objects of power.”
“Could you really have taken the sword away from me?” Katy asked.
“But don’t tell anyone,” Jill said.
Nodding her head, Katy giggled. The sword disappeared.
“You came in to tell me something?” Katy asked. She crossed her hands in front of her and gave her mother her sweetest look. “Maybe like Paddie’s coming to visit?”
Katy’s eyebrows went up and her eyes got very big.
“Paddie is here,” Jill said. “But…”
Denver Cereal continues tomorrow…
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