Genesis Scrolls Round 2: {The Book of Enlightenment Chapter 4: The Old Man and the Girl}

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“I’m bored, Mordecai. Read me something from your book!” The young girl dropped to the ground with her arms crossed and pouty lips. She stared intently at the old man – who was sitting on a wooden cart with a large book clutched to his chest – giving him the cutest puppy dog eyes she could conjure in hopes of bending him to her will.

Mordecai erupted in laughter. “Oh Felicity, this isn’t a book of stories. This is my Grimoire.

“What’s a Grilwarg?” She asked with a perplexed look on her face.

Mordecai chuckled. “A Grimoire is a book of magic. It’s filled with hundreds of spells and invocations.”

“Wow.” She laid belly down in the dirt with her chin resting on her hands, “Do you know them all?”

“But of course! I’ve had a long time to practice.”

“Is that how you summoned the portal?”

“Not exactly, but that’s a bit too complicated for a little girl. I’ll explain it to you when you’re older.”

Felicity slammed her fist and started kicking the ground, “I’m a big girl! Explain it to me now.”

Mordecai smiled. He noticed a group of ants walking towards a small leaf near Felicity’s face.

“Pick up that leaf by your head.”

Felicity picked the oval-shaped leaf up and showed it to Mordecai, “This one?”

“Precisely. You see those ants coming towards you? To them that leaf just disappeared. Vanished into thin air. Much like we did. But the leaf is not gone. You just lifted it into a plane they cannot perceive.”

“Ohhh.” Felicity pretended to understand for a moment.

“Does that make sense?” Mordecai asked, surprised by Felicity’s astuteness.

“Not really.” She paused for a moment and gave the leaf a closer look. “It’s pretty.”

Mordecai and Felicity both erupted in laughter. A gust of wind blew the leaf out of Felicity’s hand.

“My portal!” she yelled as she jumped up and ran towards the floating leaf. As she reached out to grab it, her right foot was caught on a rope which then pulled her high up into the air.

“Help!” she screeched as the rope swung her back and forth off of a large branch.

Mordecai chuckled in amusement. “Just hang in there, Felicity.” He yelled out.

“That’s not funny. It hurts!” Felicity started crying.

“Don’t cry, little one. There’s nothing to be upset about. We’re going to be just fine. This is a hunter’s doing which means we must be close to a village.”

Mordecai’s face turned serious as he heard leaves rustling and twigs snapping in the distance. Artemus jumped out through the trees, wide-eyed and panting with his hunting knife drawn.

“Who are you?” Artemus demanded through a shaky breath.

Mordecai gleamed, “Look at that, Felicity. We found a new friend to join us on our adventure.

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