“Oh, you’ve decided to show
up again. I see you’ve come empty handed once more.” Phelan hissed the
“I passed out. They found
me and kept me drugged. I only got away because my mother and auntie were
the only ones there.”
“Well, at least you got the
books.” Phelan looked at Drayton. “I don’t see any books. Where are they?”
Drayton didn’t know what to
say. He’d never thought of it. He was in the house, alone with two women,
invisible, and he forgot to pick up the books. “I couldn’t get to them.”
“You mean you were too
scared, don’t you? You will be worm fodder, Mr. Steele. I’d slice you into
pieces right this second, but I need your powers. Consider yourself lucky.
Stay here at the castle until further notice and do not, under any
circumstances disturb me.” With that, Phelan disappeared through the wall.
Jason, Jacob, and Jeffrey
arrived at the croft with Callum. “Here’s our boy,” Jeffrey said.
“Callum. How did you get
his mum and dad to let him come?” Fiona ran over to Callum. “I’m glad
you’re here. Are you feeling all right?”
“Yes. I can’t wait to get
all the jewels in that orb and get rid of that Phelan. He’s…he’s….evil.”
Callum’s gaze wandered around the room.
“Yes, Jeffrey, how did you
get Malcolm to let Callum come?” Johnny put his arm over Callum’s
“There was a stipulation,”
“A stipulation? What sort
of stipulation?” Johnny leaned against the table.
“He said Callum could go,
provided one of us goes with him. He selected Jimmy.” Jason turned to
“Of course. I’ll go with
them, though it’s more likely they’ll protect me instead of me protecting
them.” Jimmy looked around the room for a pack. “I’m taking a few things
“Very well. Fiona, you,
Elspet and Callum get whatever you need.” Angus handed them the customary
wad of money. “This should do you.”
Mairi handed Fiona a few
bags of sweets and pastries. “For later.” She winked. “Have you got your
flashlights and cameras?”
Jimmy filled his pack with
food, bottled water and other items he felt he might need.
“Uncle Angus, we are either
going to Argentina, Mongolia or Malawi, Africa. Right?” Fiona tried to
picture in her mind where each place was located.
“It’s spring in Africa and
Argentina and probably bitter cold in Mongolia. I hope we go to one of the
warmer places. We can buy coats there.” Fiona pulled the pack over her
back, as did Jimmy.
“Come on, Jimmy. Take
Elspet’s hand. We’ll form a circle. Ready?” Fiona’s gaze went from one to
“Ready,” Jimmy said.
“All right. Daleth shapish
yam.” Fiona had barely spoken the last word when the colored lights
flashed and they disappeared.
“I will never get used to
seeing that. It’s simply amazing,” Nellie said. “What should we do while
“I think you should stay
with us. Jason can walk with you to your home to get clothes and then come
right back.” Johnny smiled at the two elderly women. “He’ll take care of
you. They’ll be back in less than five minutes.”
“I’ll go and buy some more
food,” Mairi said. “Who wants to go with me?”
“I’ll go,” Julian offered.
“I’ve grown quite partial to 21st century food.”
“Jason can’t go,” Jeffrey
said. “He needs to stay here and study the book. I’ll take Nellie and
Penelope. I can’t translate Xilian.”
“Good thinking, Jeffrey.
Johnny can look over his book and I’ll study Drayton’s book. I’m sure
there are a lot more secrets to discover.” Angus waved the others goodbye,
picked up his book and found a quiet corner to sit.