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“I am not going in there!”
Maxim sighed. “We must. It’s the only way.”
Stringer shook his head. “That place is haunted. Ghosts and goblins and who knows. I bet all the creepy things from the Underworld hide here, too.”
“The Underworld isn’t real.”
Stringer gave his friend a searching look. Maxim’s voice sounded a bit less certain than Stringer would have liked it to.
“Why does it have to be us, anyway?” Stringer pouted. Every cell in his body told him to flee, to leave, to get as much distance as he can between himself and this brooding, mossy, drippy, dark, tangled, creepy forest.
“Because.” Maxim lifted his chin, exposing a scrawny neck that had only gotten more birdlike in recent weeks. “Look, I’m scared, too, but even Mathilde said it was the only way.”
“She’s just an old crone,” Stringer scratched at a scab before…
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