The woman pointed to the stone hearth and Maddie sat, waiting for her to speak.
The space in the cottage was small, filled with any manner of things that would make it look as though it were the perfect Hollywood set as noted in a screenplay as “Int. Crone’s Cottage, night.” The only thing missing was the cauldron that should have hung over the flames in the open fireplace.
“Warrior child,” the woman said, and Maddie closed her eyes briefly. This woman was, perhaps, the only person in the world who still saw Maddie as a child.
“Warrior child, you’ve come a long way. What do you seek?”
“Grace,” Maddie said. “And peace. And hope.”
“These things. Are they lost?”
Maddie hesitated. “I hope not.”