“You’re not the Snake.” The words tripped out of the Fang’s mouth as if he had to say something. “You’re not Father Snake, you’re the Bear, you’re just a Claw of the Bear, and there’s no reason – no reason I should be afraid of you. You’re not-“
She leaned down until her face was a hand-span from his and stared into his eyes. “I’m not?”
He couldn’t look away. “Tell me,” Aucheria growled. The room shook again. “Tell me who, and tell me where.”
“Tell usss,” Deline hissed. The Father Snake hissed. The room trembled.
“Hello Mall!” Abseil, Liv, Olly, Cassie, Sanders, and Tory stepped through the back-hall door into the Shifting Mall. “Are the other groups here yet?”
GREETINGS MALL SHOPPERS. TODAY YOU WILL FIND GOOD DEALS IN THE DINING COURT, AS WELL AS IN THE FUN HALL AND IN OUR NEWEST STORE, CLOSET COSPLAY. PLEASE VENTURE TO THE DINING COURT TO BEGIN YOUR SHOPPING ADVENTURE. YOU MAY BE INTERESTED IN OUR NEW DISPLAY ALONG THE WAY, TITLED DO NOT MESS WITH THE MALLS.
It had been nearly a month before Abseil had been willing to go into a mall again, and two more weeks after that before she, Liv, and Olly had first ventured back into the Malls behind the Mall. Now, three months later, they’d sorted out all their extra visitors — residents, rather — and Abseil had found herself with two new “foster-sisters.”Continue reading →