TITLE: The Quicksilver Conspiracy
GENRE: Adult Fantasy
Cerelian's 5-year-old daughter Tassali disappeared while she was in the middle of fixing her lunch. Cerelian has been searching for Tassali in a panic when the little girl suddenly reappears.
"Mam, mam! Did you see it?"
Cerelian let out shuddery breath. "Why are you running around?" she said. "Go sit at the table. It's lunch time."
The little girl threw her arms around her mother's waist and gazed upwards with desperate eyes. "Can I keep it? Please oh please oh please!"
Cerelian pried her daughter's arms from her waist and crouched down so she was eye level with the little girl. "Tassali, I told you. No going invisible in the castle."
"I didn't." The little girl's blonde curls quivered with excitement. "Can I keep it?"
"Why didn't I see you, then?"
"Tassali Arianna, I asked you a question."
"I wasn't invisible," the little girl said, her eyes gleaming. "I was playing with the baby wolf." She tipped her head to the side and smiled charmingly. "I want to keep it."
"Wolves don't make good pets."
"What if he was a baby?"
"Little wolves grow up to be big wolves."
"He'd be very nice. I know he would. He wouldn't even bite."
She wouldn't count on that. Cerelian glanced back at the shadowy corner of the kitchen where Tassali had appeared. A wolf? In the kitchen? Maybe she should ring for the steward after all. "It looks like your pup has disappeared," she said, hoping that was really the case. "He probably went to find his mam." She took Tassali's hand and led her back to the counter and her waiting lunch.