Glad you could join us for the next enigmatic episode of Elliot’s Adventures. If you’re new here, you can catch up by returning to the beginning, and reading really fast…
Elliot’s eyes narrowed. “How do you know my name?”
“Good news still travels to the heart of the Ancient Forest.”
“Yes. We’ve been expecting you,” the High Priestess confided as she limped down the steps to hunch before him.
“How could you know I’d be coming here? I didn’t even know I was coming here.”
“But Janesse knew.”
“Her name is Janesse? She works for you?”
“Oh, my, no. She was one of my students — a great warrior.”
“You train warriors?” Elliot couldn’t keep his skepticism from leaking out. “I’m sorry. I don’t mean to be rude, but you have to admit, it’s kind of hard to believe.”
The High Priestess laughed like crunching leaves. “I wouldn’t believe it myself. No, I train minds.”
“Like mind control? Is that how she got me to come with her?”
“Now, that’s just plain silly. The only mind any of us can learn to control is our own. Why did you decide to go with her?”
“Well, she asked me to. And she seemed so confident and candid and kind, it felt like the right thing to do.”
“And she’s beautiful…” the High Priestess prompted.
“That’s true, but I have learned that’s not necessarily an indication of trustworthiness.”
“Good,” she said, nodding.
“So who does Janesse work for? Why did she bring me here?”
“Queen Lilian of Fen asked her to bring you to me to prepare you for what’s coming.”
“Prepare me? How? For what? What’s coming? What is this place?”
“This,” she said, her stoop vanishing as she expanded her arms, “is the Tower of Honor. Come with me to the dining area. Your lessons begin now.”
To be continued. . .