Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 540) Solitude

“I have a confession to make.” Klara states as she takes her seat. “But before I do this, please know you cannot leave this room without great harm coming to you.”

Stephen immediately stands up nearly knocking his chair over which causes Tamas, who is sitting next to him, to stand as well.

“You must hear me out, Istvan.” Klara says without looking up at him.

She is pulling a small notebook from her bag as she speaks. Her crooked posture and shaking hands show her age, which clearly reveals how exhausted she is. Klara opens the bag a little wider and retrieves two dark vials from it. Holding them up to the candle she inspects the liquid inside and smiles as she carefully places them on the table.

“Sit down, both of you.” Klara says as if she were a teacher speaking to unruly students, she looks up at Stephen and Tamas.

“It’s okay, Tamas.” Zsofia says to reassure him and he takes his seat between his grandfather and sister, but Stephen continues to stand.

“I am not your enemy, Istvan. I have told you this before.” The old woman says in a calm tone. “Everything you know and think about has been hidden in the shadows of Guta as it pushes you deeper into the depths of solitude. You push people away thinking you do not need them but what you are truly doing is protecting them from the darkness that follows you.”


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