Dellani Oakes

the man who wasnt thereTheir investigation reveals a lot, including a recipe for acid rain, which was used by the witches. The Peddler intervened when the children were attacked, though not before.

“Mr. D.,” Brian surmised.

“Yes,” his father said.

“You think he’s back?” Jordan asked.

“The question isn’t if he’s back,” Heath replied. “It’s if he ever left.”

“Dad, don’t even say that!”

“Miles flipped a few pages in the book. He found a loose paper, folded in thirds. “There’s a map here,” he said, laying it on the table for them to look at. “Here we are.” He pointed to a spot on the map. “Here is the cemetery where they buried all the good people. And here,” he tapped the map a mile or so away from them. “Is where they buried the dead witches covered in a mixture of bitter herbs and quick lime.”

“Only that doesn’t say bitter herbs,”…

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