Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 504) Entering
“Here!” Stephen says to Laszlo.
When the old man looks up, Stephen tosses the locket to him. Once in his hand, Laszlo pops it open and stares at the faded image contained therein. He wipes his nose with his fingers and clears his throat as he continues to look at the object that seems so small in his open palm, yet so heavily weighted by sentiment.
“You can have it.” Stephen says as he watches the old man’s methodical moves.
Up to this point, Stephen has been very engrossed with the locket, so much so that he has not noticed Tamas, with his back to the group, is now standing. The young man begins backing up to where Zsofia and Stephen are standing. Only once he bumps into them does he gain their full attention.
“Tamas? What is it, are you ok?” Zsofia questions as she takes his hand, she feels how badly he is trembling.
Her brother does not speak a word as his other hand raises and he points toward the hallway. Stephen follows the direction with his eyes and knows the others do not see it, he knows they are blind to what Tamas is reacting too.
“Klara?” Stephen says as he observes the Guta entering the room. “Klara?” He questions again.
The elderly woman looks up from staring at the locket that is holding Laszlo’s attention as Stephen reaches out for Tamas. In a fluid movement, he pulls Zsofia and her brother back as he steps in front of them.