Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 541) Trickster
Stephen does not say a word for he knows Klara is right about him. He does not get close to anyone or allow anyone to see inside him, to see whom he truly is, and he never shares what his heart desires for he feels it will never happen. Why is he so easy to read? Is she simply a skilled trickster who can pick things up by his body movements or does she truly have the ability to read him, his thoughts, his desires, his fears?
Quietly he simply stands there, looking at her, wishing he could grab her from the chair and throw her out of the house. He feels manipulated and used and hates the thought of Zsofia’s family being caught up in this dramatic display.
“I want to leave.” Stephen says as he crosses his arms. “I doubt a band of sea salt will kill me if I cross it.” He starts for the doorway to the main entrance hall of the manor.
“It is not the salt you should fear, it is the demon that is waiting.” Klara says without haste and as a warning.
Stephen stops, for her statement can only mean one thing; she must know the Guta is near. As far as he can tell, she seems to be controlling it along with everything else that has happened. If he did not know any better, and who is he to say that he does not, he would think this old hag is his manipulative game-playing grandmother.