Broommates – Episode 13
Author: Valerie Valdes
Title: Hedgehog’s Dilemma
Genre: Urban Fantasy
It had been Miranda’s idea, of course. Dinner together, like one big happy family. They all sat around the old wooden table in the dining room, eying each other warily over the tops of big silver serving dishes full of food.
“Please pass the salad, Parker,” Miranda said, and he did. There was a chorus of forks ticking against plates and teeth, with rests for mastication.
Miranda swallowed. “This pork is delicious, Anthony.”
He threw his fork down and glared at her. “Come off it, Miranda, we all know what this is really about.”
She stared back coolly. “Fine. I thought we could have a nice dinner and then chat but if you want to plow right in, let’s.”
Everyone else froze, food in mid-air or mid-slice. Beatrice crossed her arms, a piece of bread in one hand. Booker stayed frozen while Parker reluctantly followed Anthony’s lead. Kitty, after a pause, resumed gleefully shoveling green beans into her mouth.
“You want to know who’s devious and reckless enough to set a cockatrice on us,” Anthony said.
“A cockatrice that is currently nesting in MY closet, yes.”