Ch. 26: Consulting the Veil (5)
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“Leave her out of it,” said Melanie. “I’m going.”

              She set the bucket gently on the ground. Brent studied her, but she did not betray that she’d noticed him. Still, from the corner of her eye, she saw him raise his hand to her. She smiled a fraction of an inch to let him know she’d seen.

              She nodded to Fiona and turned back the way they’d come. She’d only gone a few paces when her enhanced hearing picked up on a soft rustling in a thicket. She would not have cared, had it not been for the smell. Callid. The little beast was walking a straight shot into the darkest, deepest part of the forest. There was a purpose in his step, and...

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