CHAPTER SIX HUNDRED and SIXTY-EIGHT
“Come with me,” Ms. Palio said.
“Why?” Katy asked.
“We are going to work on your defenses,” Ms. Palio said.
“They’re just kids,” Hecate said.
“These men will kill them whether they are children or not,” Ms. Palio said. “We have to make sure that your minds do not let them in, not matter what.”
Katy and Paddie slumped along after Ms. Palio. Hecate and Perses whispered back and forth behind them. When they reached the auditorium, Ms. Palio turned to them.
“I want to see your defenses,” Ms. Palio said.
Paddie went to pull out the Sword of Truth.
“No,” Ms. Palio said. “I know that you are the bearer of a great magical sword. You must be able to do this without the sword. The sword can only assist you. It cannot fully protect you unless you know what you’re doing.”
Paddie gave Ms. Palio a nervous nod. Katy flicked an energy buzz toward Ms. Palio. The Titan absorbed the energy.
“Nice,” Ms. Palio said. “Thanks. You’ve now diminished your power while giving me energy.”
Katy scowled at Ms. Palio and began chewing on her lip.
Hecate and Perses spoke with Ms. Palio for a long moment. The principal nodded.
“I apologize,” Ms. Palio said. “I hadn’t realize that you’ve not actually been trained by anyone other than humans.”
Katy and Paddie nodded.
“That ends today,” Ms. Palio said. “My niece, brother-in-law, and I will undertake your training from this moment further. You will meet with us here every break, every school day. We will speak with your parents to figure a way to work on the weekends.”
“But my dad. . .” Paddie said.
“You’ll continue working with your fathers,” Ms. Palio said. “You will need to do all of this and keep up with your schooling. Can you do that?”
“We can try,” Katy said, meekly.
“That’s all I ask, my dear,” Ms. Palio said. “Let’s get started.”
For the next fifteen minutes, Ms. Palio tested Paddie and Katy’s psychic capacities to protect themselves. When they were done, the children felt like they had run in circles for hours.
“You did very well,” Ms. Palio said, dropping them off at their classrooms.
Katy gave Paddie a tired look and Paddie nodded. The children went back into their classroom for the rest of the afternoon.
Denver Cereal continues tomorrow...
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