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The Adventures of Larson and Garrett - The Sleeping Tree By AaronDennis Characters: 4975

Updated: 2017-12-28 12:04

"Excuse me, " Largo mumbled and approached his brother.

"It's a reaper. Did you find it?"

"What, " Largo asked with a furrowed brow.

"I dreamt of the tree again, and so did some of the other kids."

The townsfolk had already begun their move into the mead hall. Largo motioned with his head to join them. As he trotted along with the adults, Larson followed behind. He relayed the previous discussions to his brother and added that if he wanted to marry that girl with the bow, he had to kill the reaper himself like Leon did when he killed the wizard and married the princess. Largo nearly doubled over with laughter.

"What are you laughing at?" Larson accosted.

Largo's face twisted in surprise. "You, you little mutt. Who said I want to marry anybody?"

"Isn't that what you're supposed to do when you grow up?"

"No, " Largo smiled. "All you're supposed to do is follow your heart, and that can mean anything, but they really think it's a reaper?"

Larson shrugged indifferently. By then, he was wondering what following your heart meant. To him, it meant to go and find the reaper himself, or with his brother, and chop it up like firewood.

The two finally entered the dining hall. Some of the townsfolk had already started a fire in the hearth at the far end of the wooden building. It was a nice place; one big room like the schoolhouse, but about twice as deep. Thick, squared posts supported the thatched roof. A couple of sparrows had nested in the rafters

with heads and arms sprawled over the table, which was growing increasingly encumbered with cooked meats. Thatcher made to stand, it took him multiple tries. Once he was up and moving for the doors, Nyomi followed and gestured to Largo with a movement of her head to follow. They gathered outside in the warmth of the morning sun. A sweet wind blew through their hair.

"What's happenin', " Largo asked.

"We need a sound plan if we're goin' to tackle a reaper, " Thatcher explained.

"Just what do you know about these things, " Nyomi pried.

"Mmm, not enough, " Thatcher admitted, stroking his beard in thought.

"Maybe we should send for help from Half Pine or even send someone to Pallisade. City mages might know a thing or two, " Largo ventured.

"An' risk the disappearance o' more children?" Thatcher grumbled.

"Well…we can still send for help while we search for it, " Nyomi suggested.

"Aye, " Thatcher agreed, but his eyes had drifted towards the northern woods.

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