The dog stayed tight to her side as she climbed the worn steps and entered the black lacquered doors to the church.
Through the narthex they walked, and up the center aisle, pausing briefly before the altar, then turning left. Her steps echoed through the great hall.
The nun was at the door to greet her. “Child, you know you can’t bring that animal here.”
“Sister, you know I’m not a child.”
The nun said nothing more, but opened the door for Maddie and her familiar.