CHAPTER SIX HUNDRED and SIXTY-EIGHT
Monday morning — 12:15 p.m.
Katy couldn’t help it.
She was bored.
Life had gone from heartbreaking not-being-able-to-see-Paddie to fun play-at-home to exciting back-to-school to dreary boring-winter. Katy sighed at looked out the window. The snow was gently wafting down.
“Okay,” the teacher said. “Why don’t we head outside for a bit?”
“But it’s ’nowing,” the kid whose nose was always stuffed up said.
“We’ll be okay,” the teacher said. “Let’s put our warm clothing on.”
Katy could tell that the teacher was putting on a brave face for the class. The teacher was worried that it would be too cold for her students.
“Can’t wait,” Katy said, hopping to her feet.
Katy started pulling on all of her outdoor gear. With Katy’s movement, the rest of the class started to pull on their outdoor gear. The teacher checked to see that everyone had on their wool caps and face masks before sending them to walk quietly to the outdoors.
Katy watched the teacher turn on the UV lights, open the windows, turn on the fan, and then head to the teacher’s hang-out-place. With the teacher out of the way, Katy went to find Paddie.
Paddie’s class had break time when Katy’s class had break. Katy waited for Paddie to pull on all of his gear and head out into the hall.
She fell in next to him as they walked quietly to the door. Once at the door, the classes screamed like banshees and ran out into the cool midday. The recess monitor and the volunteer parents were watching the children for signs of being too cold, but most of the kids were so happy to be able to play and be loud that no child complained.
Katy and Paddie slipped to the side to avoid the monitor and parents.
“What’s going on?” Paddie asked.
“Bored,” Katy said looking down.
“What do you want to do?” Paddie asked.
Katy looked up at her best friend. Even with his facemask covering his mouth and nose, she could tell that he was up for an adventure too.
“I don’t know,” Katy said with a shrug.
“You wanna. . .” Paddie said.
Hecate appeared next to Paddie. She looked from Katy to Paddie.
“What are you two planning?” Hecate asked.
“Why are you here?” Paddie asked defensively.
He instinctively pushed Katy behind him and put his hand on the Sword of Truth.
“Now, now, young human,” Hecate said. “I mean you harm. I am here because my niece, Mistress Katy, is bored. A bored niece is a dangerous niece.”
Denver Cereal continues tomorrow...
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.