The Lost Gargoyle Series 3-Book Bundle by Philippa Dowding

The Lost Gargoyle Series 3-Book Bundle by Philippa Dowding

Author:Philippa Dowding
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: Dundurn Press
Published: 2011-09-14T00:00:00+00:00

Chapter Twenty

What Ambergine Knows

Katherine screeched to a halt in front of Cassandra and the little gargoyle. Kind Cassandra was holding one of the creature’s claws and making soothing sounds. Katherine had a look of amazement on her face as she looked at them both. “What’s going on, Cassandra? Where’s Gargoth?” she asked.

“It’s terrible, Katherine! Gargoth snuck off when I had a deliveryman here, and the…and the…and the man in the white straw hat STOLE HIM!” Cassandra was wailing at this point.

Katherine sat down abruptly, tears welling up in her eyes. She turned toward the little weeping gargoyle.

“And of course you’re Ambergine. A few moments too late…” Katherine trailed off. The little gargoyle nodded slowly, too overcome to speak. For several moments the three gathered on the rooftop said nothing. Katherine dug in her soccer bag for tissue and passed some to Cassandra.

Then Katherine spoke again. “Welcome, Ambergine. We’ve waited for months for you, but we never doubted you would come. I’m Katherine Newberry. I guess you’ve already met Cassandra. We both know Gargoth well. We’re his friends.”

Ambergine looked up at her. “He is lucky to have friends such as you…thank you,” she said quietly in gargoyle. She placed her head in her claws and didn’t speak again. Katherine was intrigued by her raspy voice, a slightly higher, sweeter version of Gargoth’s. His voice sounded like the wind rustling in the winter leaves, but she sounded more like a breeze through long grass in summer.

The three sat for a few moments, quiet except for the occasional sniffle. The whole city seemed stilled, almost as though it was holding its breath. It was just too unfair. How could Ambergine find this very rooftop, Gargoth’s very cushion, at the exact moment that he was stolen away by his greatest enemy?

Katherine felt a kind of helplessness: where was he? But she felt a sudden anger too—how dare anyone hurt him! She suddenly knew what she had to do.

She paced across the rooftop and knelt before Ambergine.

“We have to do something quickly. Ambergine, do you know this man in the white straw hat? Can we follow him? Do you have any idea where he might be taking Gargoth?”

Ambergine stood up and started waddling around the rooftop. She was lighter and more graceful than Gargoth and was weaving in and out of the candles. She had a frown on her face and was thinking very hard.

“He must be going back to New York City. Where else would he go? Gargoth said that in all the years he was imprisoned in the dark mansion, the man hardly ever left the property.”

“Could you find this dark mansion again, Amber-gine?” Katherine asked.

The little gargoyle hesitated then slowly nodded. “I think so. It’s a big place…but …yes…”

“Are you sure? You seem a little doubtful,” Katherine asked.

Slowly Ambergine’s eyes filled with tears. “I can find it. I know New York City so well… I could fly over it blindfolded. But…”

“But…what is it?” Katherine asked. Ambergine was clearly very reluctant about something.

“Well, I have always searched alone,” she finally whispered.


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