~The Dress~ pg 9

“No, she’s out for the day. We don’t expect her back until tomorrow.” 

He blew out a huge sigh of relief and grinned all the wider, his blue eyes twinkling with mirth. “Good!” he laughed loudly, grabbing a hold of her wrists and spinning her around. Fiora let out a yelp of surprise but he didn’t seem to notice. When he stopped turning, he let her go and leaned in close with a hushed tone. “Just between you and me, that old crone gives me the hee-bee-gee-bees.” Despite herself, Fiora laughed at his antics. “So how’s our Borris? He gonna make it?” He asked in a way that showed he assumed the answer was yes, but wanted to make sure. A sudden realization struck her with his question, though. He didn’t know. He didn’t know anything that happened yesterday after Borris getting hurt. And for some reason, it was incredibly freeing.

When he lifted an eyebrow, she realized she hadn’t answered him yet. “Um, yeah, he’s going to be fine. Nivia fixed him right up and Chink has been keeping him company.”

Demil snorted. “Course he is. Can’t never barely separate those two. What about Alex? Where’s he at?”

Fiora pursed her lips and fidgeted with the fabric of her sleeve. She didn’t want him to know Alex was hurt, too… he’d want to know details. “He’s taking a nap,” she decided on. It wasn’t a lie. “We really shouldn’t disturb him until supper time.”

“Oh, all right, well…” he looked around like he was uncomfortable with just standing still.  “I’d put this stuff away, ‘cept I don’t know where half of it goes.”

Fiora peeked into one of the bags. It was filled with lots of different plants. “What is all this, anyway?”

He shrugged. “Ingredients. Nivia uses lots of stuff in her medicines. But really, I think she just wanted to get me out of the house yesterday.”

“Why’s that?”

“First, she knows I don’t like to be around her. ‘Specially without the others. And fer two, she don’t like it that I can’t sit still for long.” Even as he said it, Fiora watched him bob up and down, shifting from foot to foot. “I coulda come back last night, but…” he shivered and she got the distinct impression that even without Nivia here, her house was still giving him ‘hee-bee-gee-bees’.

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