Veronica Rossi

“He smiles. I sit a few feet away and watch as he unpacks the linen bag.

“Torin packed this, not Rayna, so who knows what we’ll find.”

“Eye of newt and toe of frog,” I mutter.

“Wool of bat and tongue of dog.” He smiles, waiting for me to pick up the next verse.

“Sorry. That’s all I know.”

He props his arms on his knees. “‘Adder’s fork and blind worm’s sting,’” he continues, affecting a macabre tone, “‘lizard’s leg and howlet’s wing, for a charm of powerful trouble, like a hell-broth, boil and bubble.’”

“Yum. Breakfast of champions. Is howlet an owl?”

“It is indeed.”

“And blind worm must be a snake?”

“No. Blind worms are lizards with no legs.”

“That makes sense. That’s why those were added separately—the lizard legs.”

“No respectable brew is complete without them.”

“There should be some soft ingredients in there for flavor balance, like butterfly wings and dove’s feathers.”

His eyebrows rise. “You’d eat butterfly wings?”

“Never. I don’t know why I said that. I love butterflies.”

“A symbol of rebirth and resurrection, I might add.”

“Subtle, Samrael. Real subtle.” I catch myself smiling. But if he’s good—if he’s really changed—then smiling is fine. Right?”

Veronica Rossi, Seeker
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