Johana Leonie
Mit einem Freund im Dunkeln zu gehen ist besser als alleine
Fri Jan 11, 2019 14:46

Johana Leonie had distinct memories of being ushered out of the family home and told to play outside when people said Hexenmeister. It was a name brushed on sickly lips with broken breath. She was not allowed to see what they had done or learn who they were, but it was a healer's job to know. She and Friederike Albert had spent a lot of time peering through windows and listening at doors, which made Johana Leonie think her parents weren't so keen on keeping them out as they pretended. Surely a pair of magical people could keep their activities more secretive than that, if they wanted to? Then, around a year ago, the name had gone. A newspaper sent by owl by a former patient told them why.

There was nothing of that cursed name in Hilda's wide face though, only hesitation. Johana Leonie's mother had often reminded her children that a healer's job was as often to care for the heart of their wards as for their physical symptoms, and it was clear that that was precisely what was needed now.

"I'm glad you're here," Johana Leonie said sincerely, smiling at her new friend. "Today is the first day of the rest of our lives," she added encouragingly. She was very excited that it was no longer just the first day of the rest of her life, but of their lives as friends. It was the start of something special.

"I haven't been around the United States much," she admitted, "but ducks are good pets. Friederike Albert thought he'd trained one to bring him tools when he was trying to build a bird house outside one day because the duck kept walking back and forth with hammers and screwdrivers and things. I don't think we ever told him that the duck just wanted to get the juices off the handles. Friederike Albert had just eaten sauerkraut and got it all over the tools." She laughed fondly at the memory. "I can't imagine living somewhere that isn't very green, though. I live in the forest too. Do you and your uncle get along?"

  • Mir viel Glück Hilda, Fri Jan 11 14:31
    Hilda was tempted - sorely tempted - to not say anything now that she knew Johana Leonie was from a remote enough town that she may - possibly - not have heard about the trial after all. But somebody ... more
    • Mit einem Freund im Dunkeln zu gehen ist besser als alleine — Johana Leonie, Fri Jan 11 14:46
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