Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 326) Pale Pink

In the cabinet, behind the glass, are trinkets of glass and wood that look to be very old and intricate. Stephen jiggles the handle only to find it locked and the items out of reach. Near the top are several small books bound in leather with lace ribbons sticking out between several pages.

In the back of the cabinet, stuck behind a folded handkerchief, sits a small picture in a silver frame of two women standing near a waterfall. Something about it seems familiar but he cannot quite place what it is. Bending down slightly to get a better look, he leans in close to the glass.

“I knew you would come, Istvan.” The old woman says in her crackly voice as she steps up very close to Stephen. “You have an inquisitive mind today, don’t you?” She continues.

Startled by her presence and the fact that she was able to sneak up on him, Stephen turns around quickly to look at her. The bent features of her stature shorten her in height and the cane in her hand looks more like a small branch from a tree than a sturdy support. A sly grin presses across her thin lips in a creased line of pale pink.


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