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The Dangerous Life of Agnes Pyle
by Jeremy C Kester
(c) Jeremy C Kester – All Rights Reserved
“Why shouldn’t I be worried?” Brandt asked as Krag stood in front of him on the ceiling. “By all rights, they should be in the spirit world by now.” His voice was strained. What he was being told was simply impossible. He felt tense, nervous.
“Their souls are gone,” Krag restated plainly.
Impossible. Brandt’s eyes betrayed him as they widened at the words. What did that mean? The question rolled around in his mind. How was that possible? There was more that the trolls were refusing to tell him. That he was sure. “What was their last mission?” he demanded impatiently. “What did you have them face?”
“Cannot speak of this.”
“Lying, little troll,” Brandt hissed. “You were their conduit as you are mine. You knew what they were up against.”
“It was different than we knew. No ideas to the danger that they were in. Now we must protect young Agnes Pyle.”
Brandt sighed. “I do not see the value of taking her in. She is too young. Her powers cannot possibly be coming to fruition. She cannot possibly be ready to train.” It was a moot argument, trying to get more information rather than any attempt at avoiding his duty.
“Do with her what can be. Too many gone to ignore her. Protect her,” Krag squealed as the conduit vanished.
“Dammit!” Brandt said as he pounded his fist against the table. Rattling from the vibration echoed in the room.
“What’s wrong?” a calm voice came from behind. Cadence stood in the doorway. Her face bore a look of curious concern.
“It was Krag. Agnes’ parents have vanished.” He turned away from her and threw his hands against the edge of the counter.
Cadence’s eyes narrowed as she stepped into the room. “What do you mean?”
“Their souls are apparently gone.” His tone was detached. His eyes faced down as he muttered something that Cadence couldn’t discern.
Cadence gasped. “Poor girl,” Cadence muttered as her hands instinctively went to cover her mouth.
“She cannot know,” Brandt warned, turning to face the young apprentice. He stood and pointed his hand towards her instructively. “She must not know that her parents should be in the spirit world and aren’t there.”
“But she’ll learn that when she sees oth–“
“No! She’ll see no one! She cannot know. Don’t even mention your family or friends there. Not until she is of age.” A hint of red flushed over his face. He appeared angry except for his eyes. Cadence saw a worry lurking there that she had never seen before.
She wanted to ask him about his worry, but she dared not say anything. All she asked was: “what does this mean?”
“I don’t know. What we do know now is that we are losing our friends. We’re being killed off and they don’t have any idea why or how. They want us to protect Agnes. I can only imagine that she is in enough danger for the vermin to care to tell me.”
Cadence looked at her mentor. Her eyes narrowed. “You don’t think that this is some trick, do you? Would they really attack a young girl?”
“Of course. Neither and both. But we cannot just assume that all will be OK. We need to get her here, where she’ll be safe until we can figure this out. Go arm yourself. We need to get her now,” he said ignoring Cadence’s insinuation. He then walked over and strapped his estoc to his side. “Before whatever killed her parents comes to get her.”
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