Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 73) Nervous
Stephen hears what Zsofia is saying but does not reply as he walks around the large kitchen, opening pantry doors and pulling drawers out to peek inside. He walks over to the sink and turns the spout on as water spurts and air bubbles in the pipes try to race ahead of the flow causing a loud rattle in the wall. Finally, a steady stream of water begins to run clear. Just as his great-aunt stated, he has his work cut out for him.
Zsofia has continued to talk, but he is not paying attention to her actual words and he has yet to notice she did not enter the room. He glances out the window to see the landscape brightening as the sun moves higher in the sky when he notices off to the side is a mudroom with a door that leads outside.
Thin dingy curtains cover the small window on the door and three heavy bolts lock it securely in place. Hooks for hanging coats line one wall and a wooden bench with dusty worn cushions sits on the other next to a steep and narrow spiral staircase partially hidden behind the wall. It is now that Stephen realizes Zsofia is not with him so he turns and walks back into the kitchen expecting to find her there. However, the room is empty and he feels slightly nervous.
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