Papa, are you hurt?” her intense brown eyes searching his face.
“No my little beauty, I am perfectly fine. How did you get here?” Lucia could see his concern.
There was no need for her to answer; the thick pebbly voice of Emile was coming up the hill.
Piro was now panic stricken. His eyes darted from the child, to the voice in the background, back to Lucia. He had gone pale.
“Ava, Ava, where are you?” came a graveled voice.
“Grandpere I am here with Papa and a beautiful lady.”
Lucia quickly grabbed his hand. “Your secret is safe.”
Tears filled his eyes and she could see the color come back to his face.
The child smiled broadly, exposing her missing teeth.
Trudging up the steep road was an elderly man. He was slightly hunched and braced each step with the aid of a sturdy walking stick.”
He was noticeably breathing heavy; with furrowed brows, he spoke sternly to the child.
“Ava, you should get a whipping for what you did.” He was angry.
“Grandpere, I am sorry. I did not mean to anger you. I saw my Papa fall down and I wanted to run to see if he was hurt. Please Grandpere will you forgive me?”
As hard as the old man tried to keep his angry face, the tiny cherub, hands clasped in a gesture of prayer, broke his resolve.
“I will forgive you this time, but you know that you could have gotten hurt?”
“Oh yes Grandpere, but I was concerned for Papa. I love you.”
The old man was no match for this tiny Enchantress. He merely grunted and waved his hands in a gesture of surrender.
Having lost the battle with the child, the old man directed his attention to his son-in-law and the beautiful woman.
Piro stood up, extended his hand to his former Mist...
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...Tomaso quipped, “I am quite confident. I have already performed it on Regina.”
She looked horrified, “Why did you do that?”
He grew serious. “It was the night Monsieur Auvoir died. I was afraid she might be questioned by the Magistrate and tell what she saw.”
She was shocked but understood that her nephew had the foresight and wisdom of a man. She merely nodded.
“I am not sure that I would know what to do.”
“I believe that you know what to do; only to fear to do it. Perhaps, if you were to bring up Piro in conversation with them and they drank the potion it should work.” He smiled weakly.
“What if it does not work?”
He shrugged his shoulders. “As I see it, you have two choices. Tell them of his presence.” At this statement, the boy made the sign of the cross. “Or, we give them the potion and say our prayers.”
She agreed; and said a silent pray to the Lord.
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