“David? What are you doing here?” asked Coral, watching as Isabella shot ice from her palm, creating a cube, like Coral’s.
“I can’t speak to you,” David mumbled.
David didn’t reply this time. In his head, he pictured Coral’s reaction if he told her about the incident with Arianna. It wouldn’t be a good one.
Coral put off her questions when she realized he wasn’t going to answer. And, apart from a gruff, “Have to go now.” as he was put inside the cube, David didn’t speak for the rest of the day.
A few minutes later, Arianna came rushing up to Coral’s cube, a mysterious bundle under her arm. “Hi. I’m getting you out,” she said to Coral quickly, moving to the side of the cube that David couldn’t see. She unwrapped the package she carried, and lifted a chisel to the ice wall.
Crack. Crack, crack. Crack, crack, crack, crack, crack, crack, crack.
“Doesn’t this work any faster?” Coral asked.
“Normally yes, but Isabella’s ice is reinforced with magic,” replied Arianna.
The ice chisel broke through (almost catching Coral’s arm) and Arianna smiled at her accomplishments. “Here, take the chisel. You keep working on the hole. Once you’re out of it, go straight to my chamber–it’ll have a silver ribbon on the doorknob. You may not finish tonight, but I’ll be waiting.” She paused for breath. “I love you, Coral.”
“You too,” answered Coral, still stunned by the ice chisel.
Arianna smiled and left, pulling one of the silver ribbons from her hair.
Coral worked on the hole for a few hours, and soon she could fit her head and a shoulder through, all the while thinking happy thoughts.
The Tellams – Part 5 coming soon.