Iona: . . . and did Hildegard’s dragon bite get better, after the last chapter?
Astrid: Not much. That kind of injury doesn’t heal easily.
. . . so she used a cane, and, sometimes, a chair that’s a lot like yours.
Iona: Wow! You know . . . it’s because of your writing that I wasn’t scared of the vampires!
Sigrún: There are vampires in this saga?
Iona: Haven’t you read it, ma’am?
Sigrún: I’m waiting for the musical to come out.
Iona: Well, Holger’s mentor explains how vampires try to scare you — but if you don’t show fear, they’ll respect your bravery, and won’t hurt you!
Sigrún: Does she, now.
Astrid: Well, it’s a fantasy saga . . . she also explains things like “whales” and “the stock market” . . .
Imri: If only she’d kicked! That counts as starting a fight, right?
Stanczi: Children are off-limits, no matter what. But you were right — the little ones are hardly worth it.
Now, let’s go find out if our main course is ready.
Imri: Lead the way, my dear.