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The Dangerous Life of Agnes Pyle
by Jeremy C Kester
(c) Jeremy C Kester – All Rights Reserved
A whispered tone entered Emily’s ears. “Hey.” It was so good to hear her friend’s voice. She need to get away from what she had heard earlier.
“Agnes! You’re OK! I thought the policeman was lying to us just trying to get us off the way. I mean he told me that he was going to go and tell my father that I was there. We would’ve been in sooo much trouble.”
Chuckling, she asked, “David was there too?” David was never one to break the rules. Even being drug as he often was, there was never a willing participation. “Did you drag him?” That was the only sensible explanation. “I mean he never comes along with us on anything unless we force him.”
“He followed me. I wasn’t waiting for him. Are you OK? Are you sad your house burned down?”
Too much was swirling around in her head. How did she feel about it? Sad was an easy way to put it. This was the first time anyone asked her about it. At least asking her pointedly about the house itself. But how could anyone be thinking about the house when the real issue was that her parents were gone. And the house might as well have burned down even if a fire demon didn’t come in to attack it. She wasn’t allowed to live there anymore.
Despite the knowledge that all of her life was destroyed, she was also now preoccupied with trying to wrap her mind around living as a sentry. Of the words she heard earlier. It was a life she knew would come, but it wasn’t supposed to happen. Her parents weren’t supposed to die. She wasn’t supposed to have her powers yet. Why was all this happening so quickly now? All she wanted to do was mourn the loss of her parents, to go back to classes and be with her friends.
“I guess so,” she replied, her shoulders raising in a shrug that Emily wouldn’t see.
“Hold on!” Emily cut in. “We can add in David!”
Agnes smiled. It would be good to hear from both of them at the same time. Calling David separately wouldn’t have to happen now.
“Hey,” David said thinking it was only Emily calling.
“Hi,” Agnes said.
“You’re OK!” David cheered upon hearing her.
Agnes wanted to talk to her friends about all of what happened. About the fire demon. About how she now had to train… simply to give herself a chance to survive. None of that her friend would ever understand, much less be allowed to. It wouldn’t matter though as long as she just could talk to them in the moment. And that felt good.
On their end, Emily and David wanted to ask more. The relief of being sure that their friend was safe caught their concentration off guard though. They wanted to know other things, but nothing was coming to mind. It was as though the slate of their thoughts were wiped clear. Small talk, anything would do. And that was all that they could do.
Agnes was grateful. She needed the small talk anyway.
If you would like to skip ahead, you are always welcome to purchase a copy, just click the link HERE (or click up top at the menu bar) to go to the book’s page where there are links to where it is available in both print and ebook.