Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 536) No Choice
As Stephen watches, Klara has slowly backed away from the group and is now leaning on the kitchen counter near the sink. Her head is bent and she is looking down for the most part. As he continues to watch her actions, for just a second she glances up. Once she realizes they have made eye contact, she nods yes as if they spoke to each other, but they had not.
“Now that we are together again, we must form a circle of protection for our next step.” Klara states with authority as if speaking only to Stephen.
“No, I don’t trust you.” Stephen says in a blunt way and no one speaks another word, except for Klara.
“I am sorry Stephen, but you have no choice. You must follow my lead, or tonight. . . you will die.” The old woman’s gaze does not change and she does not look away until Stephen breaks eye contact.
“What?” Zsofia questions as she looks up at Stephen with much concern.
“We are approaching the three o’clock hour.” Klara states as she walks toward the door to the dining room. “The hour of the spirits will be beneficial to us.”
“To do what? Nothing can be fixed here!” Stephen states in a frustrated and loud tone.
He swipes his hand across the counter knocking a glass and several small items into the sink creating a loud racket. He is tired and weary from this constant barrage of twists and turns in his life. He would give anything to rid himself of this supposed curse but not if it causes pain or fear for others.