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Whistle While You Work #11

Lady JoTaugh bent at the waist and reached under the runner bird’s corpse. She gripped the Tomas by the front of his tunic, and dragged him out. He stared up at her with wide eyes while his lips trembled.

After a moment, with him saying nothing, she checked her appearance. She wore only one set of eyes, so that couldn’t be it. She had hair, and it only reached to her shoulders. She turned to look behind her, checking to be sure the wings and tail were gone; then she turned back to him. “Are you uninjured?” she asked.

He nodded, but still made no noise.

The demon followed his eyes to her chest before remembering the mortal tendency for clothing. “Damn the stones.” She muttered the curse in her native tongue while straightening up. She hummed a few soft notes, willing a thin shirt into existence. “Will you be able to speak now?”

The man swallowed and nodded.

“Will you be able to speak now?”

“Yes,” Thomas stammered. “Yes.”

“Good.” Lady JoTaugh offered the carpenter her hand.

“Thank you.”

“Are you uninjured?”

Tomas nodded and turned his attention to the surrounding woods. At least a half dozen runner birds were scattered around. Most had their heads ripped off, but one looked like it had exploded. He turned back to the demon and asked. “Who are you?”

“I am Lady JoTaugh.”

Tomas stared at her, opened his mouth and then shut it again.

“What?” she asked. “You may ask any question you wish.”

“What,” Tomas began, stopped and licked his lips, then said, “What are you?”

“I am of the elements. I am a child of the shadows.”

Tomas’s eyes went wide and he grew pale. “How did you come to be here?”

“I was following you.”

She watched his eyes roll up into his head the moment before he fell. She hated it when they passed out like this. It was a sign of weakness. For this to work, he would have to be strong, not weak.

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