Witch, 118

“Have you ever talked to a spirit before?”

“No. I don’t think so.”

“You’re not sure?”

“Well. I’m not sure if the forest counts as a spirit.”

“Oh. That’s a good question.”

“It laughed at me the one time I asked it.”

“Seems like something it would do, yes,” Ron said, directing that comment to the forest, which was indeed laughing again. “I don’t think it’s a spirit. It feels too big.”

Witch, 117

“Is Keden doing okay?”

“He seems the same as before.”

“So you don’t think Juniper was talking about him.”

“I don’t know, but it seems unlikely.”

“You really don’t think he’s dangerous?”


Jed nodded. “He’s definitely not.”

Witch, 116

“You want some?”

“No, thanks.”

“Okay. You guys?”

“Sure, what is it?”

“Just greenheart, nothing serious. Ron, are the kids old enough to do drugs?”

Ron shrugged while he gently moved Jay and Tanner’s Parcelbug away from their house. Apparently his roots were poking into their basement. “They’re old enough to tie each other up and pee on each other, I don’t see why not.”

Witch, 115

“What the fuck?”

“Let us go!”


“You can’t do this to us, we have rights!”

“Not really, actually.”

“Fucking ugh. This is your fault, you stupid fish.”

“What? You’re the one who broke the shovel!”

“You broke my shovel?”

Jed and Micha blinked, looking together at James. “No,” they said at the same time.

Witch, 114

“That’s new.”

“Yeah, James gave it to me the other day.”

“He gave you a boner the other day and you still have it?”

“Yeah, pretty much.”

“Unlike him.”

“He’s branching out,” Ron explained, slotting a post into place with a grunt.

Chosen One, 116

“You know you are allowed to come with me,” Isaac said, as Peter walked him to the portal. “I think you’d like James.” They were both grumpy and brilliant, so they’d probably get along.

“If you think I would, I’m sure it’s true,” Peter said, holding Isaac’s hand. “But I have homework. Some of us actually take classes at this school.”

“Seems like a mistake,” Isaac teased, sticking out his tongue. “Did you consider having a mental breakdown so that everyone feels bad for you and lets you out of all your classes?”

Witch, 110

“Do we have to share a bed in the hamlet?”


“I wasn’t asking you.”

“I’m going to sleep in the forest.”

“That’s a great idea! You’ll freeze your balls off and be less annoying and less alive.”

“I’ll be fine.”

“Oh. Then it’s a stupid idea.”