Orb's Year 945
"I'll be right behind you," Gretel said. "There's just something I need to do first."
Hansel looked at her questioningly. What in the world did she have to do?
Gretel rolled her eyes. "Girl stuff," she said primly, shooing him from the room.
Shaking her head, she decided to start with the first ingredients. She thought she'd seen instructions on making dragon scales somewhere earlier in the book. She flipped through a few pages until she'd found what she was looking for.
"Hansel?" she called.
Hansel couldn't put his finger on it, but he knew that Gretel was lying about something. "Then why didn't I hear any bath water?"
Gretel put her hands on her hips. "Why would I lie about taking a bath, you nimrod?" she asked testily.
But the pull was too strong...
The longer she sat, the more she felt the urge to go back into the room!
Orb's Year 946
She stopped and cocked her head to the side. She heard her mother's muffled voice and her steps at the top of the stairs.
Gretel glanced up from where she'd sprinted to the bed. "Everything's fine!" she said, breathing heavily.
Giselle Taveryn leaned over to her sister, Heaven, giggling quietly. "Look at him, he's a chubby tubby!" she said, nodding her head towards Hansel. "Has anyone ever told him how unattractive he is?!"
Heaven giggled back with her sister, glancing towards Gretel and shushing Giselle.
Giselle stomped her foot and glared. "How dare you!" she snapped, running her hands down the side of her dress. Oh, she was feeling fuller...
Orb's Year 947
With a wave of her wand, she cast a spell that had caught her eye.
Hansel stared after her, still disconcerted, "Yeah, I'm coming," he called, hurrying after her. Was it just him or was it easier to jog down those stairs?
Little did he know it was just the beginning...
"What's that?" he asked, shoving another spoonful in his mouth.
Gretel smiled. "Just a little drink I made for you. Drink it up and enjoy your day off!" she sang as she turned to leave.
"Uh, sure," Hansel said, taken aback. Girls didn't usually go out of their way to seek him out. A commotion outside caught his eye.
Hansel was feeling bewildered.
Orb's Year 948
"What was that?" she asked absently, still staring out the window. How could they not feel that? Energy was pulsing through the air. She could practically smell Wilhelmina!
Whatever her uncle's response was, she missed.
"What was that?" Connor asked his half-sister after Gretel had left the room.
Fanny shrugged helplessly.
Her gaze drifted to the elixir that had been renewed. "I can see that you have been of some small use..."
"Are you..." Wilhelmina asked with a guttural laugh. "You can't cast a spell on me! I'll show you what happens when you do not respect your elders!" Wilhelmina pulled her own wand out,
Gretel frantically tried to finish her spell, desperately ignoring Wilhelmina's recital. Gretel's spell grew louder and louder until she finally shouted out over Wilhelmina, "EXPELLO SIMAE!"