Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 474) Not Listening
“What is the world tree?” Stephen asks as an ominous clap of thunder crashes down.
It hits so hard that a small item falls from its perch on the fireplace mantle, landing near Laszlo’s foot. Stephen steps over to where it fell and picks it up to examine it. Upon first glance, he realizes it is a silver toned heart-shaped necklace. Inspecting it further, he finds a round decoration of a bird that looks much like a family crest carved on the back. As he begins to flip it over, his finger touches a little latch on the side, which opens up as a locket. Inside, a small photo of his grandmother reveals itself.
He looks at this very personal item for several seconds without speaking. Then as if afraid to view it any longer, he quickly snaps it closed as he grits his teeth, which shows in the muscles of his face. Holding the shiny item tightly in his left hand, he takes a seat on the sofa next to Zsofia.
Fluidly, she reaches out to hold his free hand and he thinks to himself how comforting it is to have such an ease between them. His nervous energy seems to dissipate when she is near and he wants to tell her that very thing, yet now is far from the time to be discussing his feelings for her. Zsofia looks at him and smiles as if she knows exactly what he is thinking.
“You are not listening, Istvan!” The old woman states in a roaring manner.
She slaps her cane down so hard on the table sitting between them, that everyone is surprised it did not break. All the flames of the candles in the room flicker as if a gust of wind just entered the room, yet no such thing happened.