CHAPTER SIX HUNDRED and SIXTY-EIGHT
Hecate opened her hand in the direct of Ms. Palio, and Ms. Palio was wearing full modern body armor as well.
“Thanks,” Ms. Palio said.
Paddie moved to pull out the Sword of Truth. The moment his hand touched the sword, the men seemed to hear the sword’s call. They turned toward where Paddie and Katy were standing. Their menacing, angry faces would have terrified any normal children.
But Paddie and Katy simply got into position.
“You do not belong here,” Ms. Palio said. “Your problems are long over. Be gone.”
With all of her Titan power, she was unable to make the apparitions leave the grounds of the school.
“Dad,” Hecate said under his breath.
Perses the Titan of Destruction appeared. He looked at the apparitions of the Templars and scowled.
“Get into the building,” Perses said.
“But. . .!” Paddie started to protest.
“You see two men here, right?” Perses asked.
Hecate and Ms. Palio nodded along with Katy and Paddie.
“There are thousands here,” Perses said. “It’s a trick.”
Perses wrapped his arms around Katy and Paddie. They were standing in the middle of the Marlowe School.
“They don’t seem able to get inside,” Ms. Palio said.
“It’s a very long story involving the spirits of hundreds of children. . .”
“And us!” Katy said.
“Jacob has made the building impenetrable to spirits and magic of any kind,” Perses said. To Ms. Palio, he said,“I believe you’ve strengthened the charms on the building, s.”
“Why are we able to get inside?” Hecate asked.
“You are my kin,” Perses said.
Perses turned and knelt down to Paddie and Katy.
“You little ones are once again in grave danger,” Perses said. “These Templars do not wish to be disbanded. They do not want their hoard found. They do not wish to fade into history.”
Katy looked up at Hecate and Ms. Palio. They nodded in agreement with Perses.
“They need your swords and will stop at nothing to get them,” Perses said.
“Same shit, different day,” Paddie said with an exaggerated shrug.
Katy nodded in agreement with Paddie.
Perses grinned at the children.
“You will be safe here,” Perses said. “But don’t take any risks.”
“I’m bored,” Katy said.
“What if you’re not?” Paddie asked. “I mean think about it. Those scary smelly guys could make you feel that way and then. . .”
Paddie’s blue eyes got very big. Katy shivered. After a moment, she nodded.
Denver Cereal continues tomorrow...
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