Chapter 20: To Seek, To Find

Melena rushed up the stairs, Hazel at her heels. She couldn’t believe they had done it. They had found the five ingredients to the Seeking Solution. A buggy ride would put them back in Hickory with time to spare. Mr. Owl would pay them their due (or better yet, give Melena a cupful of the…

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Chapter 19: Moonflower

They stood on the Black Swan’s porch, watching the moon rise high in the night sky. The day had been fruitless, but that hadn’t been a surprise to Toad. The entire fortnight had been fruitless. Toad was exhausted, his insides writhing like he’d swallowed a bucket of worms. The crowd on the porch was larger…

Chapter 18: Piddleton

Toad’s hair tickled Melena’s nose. She kept her eyes shut; opening them was pointless. They were adrift, floating on an icy sea. There was no land in sight, not even a passing iceberg. There hadn’t been for what had felt like hours. Like days. Like years. It had seemed miraculous — a good omen even…

Chapter 18 // Teaser

The land here was so flat that Melena could see for miles, which was why it was quite easy to spot an inn with glowing lamps in the distance. “Black Swan” was painted in thick cursive on the oak, front door and when they entered it was like stepping into a warm bath that smelled…

Chapter 17: Springs of Mirg

The Firefly cut through the foamy waves of the Blacken Sea, passing floating sheets of ice where big-bellied walruses lounged, content as beach-goers. Toad buried his red nose into his scarf, his rabbit-fur hat pressed low over his brow, and huddled close to Melena on a bench at the front deck. After learning about the…

Chapter 16: The Firefly

Toad and Melena jerked around in time to see two large men troop to a corner table leaving a trail of melted snow in their wake. “How d’you recognize them?” asked Toad, turning back to Joe. “How d’you know they’re with this Horace person?” “Why do you think they’d help us?” Melena asked, eying the…