Kat nodded. Skipper closed the door to his study. Kat stared at the hard wood door before her. She gave a frustrated sigh. She turned to find Toby watching her with a curious expression on his face. Kat looked away from him and tried to find some place to go but in this small house there was no place to hide.
“Where’s Theodulus?” She asked.
“Out.” Toby replied still with that same expression as if he were trying to figure her out.
“What was that about?” He asked.
“Nothing.” Kat said, distractedly, chewing on her fingernail thoughtfully.
“I’ve never seen nothing get so heated.” Toby mused aloud. He hoisted himself up onto the table where he unwrapped his lunch.
Kat took a seat by the fireplace.
“So what kind of friend is your father to Skipper?” Toby asked around a mouth full of food.
“Sounds troublesome to me. Is he a revolutionary?”
Kat didn’t answer so Toby continued.
“I remember he had a few revolutionaries here, they needed a place to hide…you have no idea how few people know about Fritter’s Alley.”
"Huh...hey Toby how long have you been making maps?" Kat asked.
"Awhile." Toby answered cautiously. "Why?"
"You must know every nook and cranny of Devil's Helmet pretty well."
A smile crept across Toby's face.
"I know what you're doing. What is it your looking for?" He asked.
"I need to find someplace that no one knows about not even Stratagus...well at least someplace where no ever goes."
"Besides Fritter's Alley?"
"Yes. Besides here."
"I'm sensing trouble. I'm not exactly sure I want to be a part of this."
"You don't have to say anything. You can just point to a spot on the map." Kat offered, sweetly.
"Tell Skipper to take you to Hellman's Path no one goes there anymore."
"Thanks." Kat said standing up. "I'll let you get to back to your work." She walked over to Skipper's study door and knocked.
"Kat I'm really busy right now is not a good time." Skipper called through the door.
"I know how this can work." Kat said. The door to Skipper's study opened. He leaned against the door frame looking exasperated. Toby quickly hopped off the table and pretended to be engrossed in his work.
"We can set it up in Hellman's Pass." Kat offered.
Skipper did not look the least bit pleased. He turned and glared at Toby.
"How many times do I have to tell you the tunnels that have been scratched are so for a reason! Hellman's Pass was abandoned because of the Hellman demon Toby."
Toby shrugged helplessly.
"It's been nearly a century, it's the last place anyone would look not even the dragon core wants to go there."
Skipper gave an exasperated sigh, dropping his head into his hand.
"For good reason Toby."
"We could check. I could go down there right now and see if it's all clear." Toby offered.
Kat glanced over at him, she knew she should probably insist he listen to Skipper and stay safe. She hardly knew the boy it was not a good idea to have him risk his life for her. However, based off of the little Kat did know about Toby he seemed like the type that looked for any excuse to be reckless.
Skipper looked at Kat.
"Why don't you go with him. I'll stay here."
Kat nodded. Toby raised his eyebrows excitedly.
"Really?" Toby asked.
Skipper nodded, addressing Kat.
"Why not, Stratagus knows your here anywhere safe is off limits and this plan is already putting your life at risk so what the hell. Maybe the Hellman will eat the both of you and save me the headache."