“Were you in on Kapra’s plan all along?” Tom asked, watching Petra carefully. Sure enough, her cheeks began to colour. “I didn’t think so,” Tom said, folding his arms. For the first time in his life, he felt sorry for the witch. “It doesn’t have to be like this, Petra. Help us – we’ll show you more gratitude than your mother.”
“You may love her,” Elenna added, “but she called you a ‘snivelling wretch’. We heard her with our own ears.”
Petra started the sling swinging. “You’re lying.”
“Look, Petra,” Tom went on, “you don’t have to do her bidding. You’re stronger than her.”
“She’s always cruel to me,” admitted Petra, looking at her feet. “You’re not a monster,” said Tom, pushing his advantage. He could tell Petra was weakening. “Even if your mother is.”
“Show her you’re not at her beck and call,” added Elenna.
Petra brushed her greasy locks away from her face. She went to sit, hunched on a boulder. “Go on, then,” she said. “Do what you must. I won’t stop you. I’ll guard this side of the lake – I won’t let her get you from over here. Now, get out of my sight before I change my mind!” ⚔️ -------It’s #WorldKindnessDay today, and it’s always good to remember that compassion and humanity can be just as effective as combat. It was not that long ago that Tom and Elenna were constantly at odds with the young witch, Petra, who was determined to thwart their efforts to save the kingdom. On this occasion, Tom chose to be kind rather than fight her – not only did he save his own life, but he turned Petra from former enemy to loyal (if sometimes begrudging) friend, who has his and Elenna’s back when they need her.
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