Broommates – Episode 7
Author: Valerie Valdes
Title: Homeward Bound
Genre: Urban Fantasy
“So the dragon was trying to get through the door in the basement?” Miranda asked sweetly.
She wiped sweat off her forehead and glanced sideways at Booker, who stared at the basket in his hands. She had persuaded him to come with her on an herb-gathering expedition under the pretense of making sure she didn’t step on any proverbial toes by taking what she shouldn’t. She was still getting to know proper boundaries, after all. Really, she had decided he was the weakest link and wanted to pump him for information in private.
“I’m not supposed to talk to you about it,” Booker mumbled.
“Well, Anthony already told me that much,” she said, clipping a rose in full bloom and dropping the creamy pink flower in the basket. “I’m just trying to figure out where the door leads.”
Booker was silent. Around them, birds chirped and sang, bees hummed, and the occasional squirrel scurried up a tree and chittered at them.
“We need to know what to expect,” she continued. With another sideways glance, she added, “Think of what could happen to Beatrice.”
He blushed. “She can take care of herself,” he replied.
“I don’t know, I’ve had to pull her out of trouble a few times,” Miranda said. “Once we were in Pompeii and–” She froze.
“Shh.” The sounds of nature had been replaced by an uneasy hush. A twig snapped behind them and they both spun around, Miranda with a spell ready and Booker raising the basket like a shield.