Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo by Skye Obert

Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo by Skye Obert

Author:Skye, Obert [Skye, Obert]
Language: eng
Format: epub, mobi
Tags: Fantasy
ISBN: 1606416502
Publisher: Deseret Book Company
Published: 2009-10-19T17:00:00+00:00

Winter was feeling better. She was still not completely confident that a toothpick was the answer to all her woes, but for the moment they had direction. That direction was north toward Leven’s old house. Clover was so excited about going to get Leven that every few seconds he would materialize on a different place on Winter, shiver happily, smile, and disappear again.

Geth rested in Winter’s shirt pocket as they traveled. The city wasn’t huge, and they had only been five or so miles from Leven’s old neighborhood, but it was slow going thanks to there being no straight shot there. They had to make their way across the river, through neighborhoods, over fences, and around businesses. Just at dusk they reached the entrance of the Rolling Greens Deluxe Mobile Home Park.

Clover materialized. “I can’t wait to see Lev.”

“We just saw him earlier today,” Winter said.

“Seems longer,” Clover sighed.

“Are all sycophants as dedicated as you?” Winter asked.

Clover smiled, shook his whole body, and disappeared again.

The Rolling Greens Deluxe Mobile Home Park had over forty-five streetlights, but only nineteen of them worked. It took time and effort to change the bulbs, so when they went out they stayed that way. That left the area pretty dark at night. A few homes were lit up, and the occasional working streetlight helped to give outlines but no real detail to the scenery.

“I’m not sure how to say this,” Winter began. “But I’m not terribly confident Lev will even want to come with us.”

“He’ll come,” Geth said confidently.

“I don’t know.”

“It’s fate.” Geth was as wide-eyed and smiley as a toothpick can get.

Winter had never met anyone so self-assured as the little toothpick. She knew she could pick him up and snap him in half with minor effort. Or she could toss him into a fire and he would have no way to save himself. Still, he pushed forward and talked as though he had every capability and advantage at hand.

“I hope you’re right,” Winter said.

They turned the corner and Winter could see Leven’s home. The curtains were closed and glowing over the windows. Winter had never met Leven’s family, but the things Leven had said about them made it perfectly clear what kind of people they were.

As they got closer to the house they could hear yelling coming from inside. Terry was shouting at Leven. Winter hurried to the window and peeked through a gap in the curtain. Leven had his back to the opposite wall, and Terry was standing in front of him, shouting and rolling up his own sleeves. From where Geth was pocketed, he too could see clearly what was about to happen.

“We’ve got to stop it,” Geth whispered, looking around quickly. He spotted the tree stump he had been severed from less than a week before. “If I remember Antsel right,” Geth said to Winter, “he told me you were a nit.”

“I think I am,” Winter said, unsure.

“What’s your gift?” Geth asked.

“I can freeze things.”

“Perfect,” Geth said. “I’m going to need your help.


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