Between the Pages

In a magical world, Between the Pages, lives Sebastian and his twin Edmond. That is, until Edmond decides to work against the Queen and disappears to join the Queens brother, and setting a curse over the country. Concerned for his brother (and the world), Sebastian sets of to search after him. But he needs help.

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17. XI

“Thank God, I thought you’d drowned,” Sebastian grinned. He was sitting on the floor, a huge light brown leather bag in front of him. Clothe was thrown into it, but it looked like he had tried to divide it, so there would be space for hers too.

“In the shower?”

Sebastian shrugged. “You could have slipped.”

Lina laughingly shook her head at him. “Thanks for the immense trust in my showering skills, how’s packing coming along?”

“Great” he said, and nodded towards the bag. “Just put your stuff in there.”

Lina got over and dumped the whole lot into the bag. There was no point in trying to fold clothe, it would get messy sooner or later anyway. Sebastian stood up and picked up a pink toiletry kit from his bed. He held it out to her and she raised an eyebrow.

“Are you trying to show me how good pink looks on you?”

He rolled his eyes and threw it in the bag.

“My mom said she packed toothbrush and all that stuff.”

She picked it up, and opened it.

Sure enough, inside was a toothbrush, toothpaste, even a small flask of shampoo and pads. Lina couldn’t resist smirking. Looked like all mothers were the same, free spirited artists or not.

She put it back in the back and Sebastian closed the leather straps.

Lina stood up. “And now?”

He shrugged. "Well, I hope you're up for a visit."

Lina swallowed nervously. "Now we go visit the Queen."

Sebastian grinned and nodded. "Now we go visit the Queen."

***

"You're really nervous, huh?"

Lina kept silent, concentrating on leading Melinda further down the road. Not that it was necessary, as Sebastian had claimed earlier, donkeys were very loyal and would follow wherever Sebastian ordered.

He had introduced her to the two donkeys earlier. Apparently donkeys were a normal way of transport around, a fact Lina had some trouble adjusting too. Mostly because she didn’t know much about the animals, except what she had seen from Winnie the Pooh. Melinda was slightly more brown-ish than Belinda, and her left ear was an off-white colour.

Out in the horizon, Lina could begin to see the tip of one of the towers of the castle. It was placed near the outskirts of town, but not too far away from Alma and Sebastians house.

"Tell me again what we want from her.” She had asked this at least 10 times over the course of the days, but kept forgetting or displace the information.

"Mostly weapons,” Sebastian answered without looking back.

He was wearing a clean, white shirt that Alma had picked out, and the same black trousers she had met him in. In Denmark it was summer right now, but Sebastian had told her that they were in the middle of spring here.

"Weapons." Lina repeated dully. Then her eyes widened. "Wait, weapons?"

Sebastian let out a laugh. "What had you planned on defeating monsters with? Friendship and the kindness of human beings?" He snorted. "It's OK that you can't use any. We're only two, so just stand behind me."

“So I can die behind you? What about teaching me something instead?”

“Actually, that’s brilliant, I’ll do that.” Sebastian was beaming, but Lina shook her head quietly.

The meant to be calming words didn't help much, and there was still one question left to answer. A question that had been with Lina for a while now, and that she kept pushing to the back of her head, reminding herself that Sebastian wasn't much of a planner.

“Close your eyes.” Sebastian suddenly commanded.

“Wait, what?”

Sebastian persisted on his request, until Lina with much dismay closed them. She felt how Sebastian went back to her, and put hand on Melinda.

“I want to see your expression when you see the castle for the first time.”

And Lina just managed to think, that he might be heightening her expectations a bit too much, when he ordered her to open them again.

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