Grog has been reunited with his old friend Lecher, now old after waiting years in the library. Seems he and Grog went through different portals which spit them out at different times. Before they could catch up, though, someone screams from the Children's department!
Grog jumped forward, swift and easy and through the doors and down the steps before the others could turn to follow him with their eyes. Chris and Naomi followed and Ben let them all go, heading toward the elevator.
Brenda watched Grog bound down the steps and stand, his sword in his hand looking like the giant metal claw of a patient beast. The reflection of the pink summer reading shirt on the blade had a strange beauty to the woman.
"My son is none of your business," a man yelled. The sound was followed by another child's cry.
Grog strode with confidence toward the children's department. He saw the little ones and his heart soared. They did battle. A small child lay pinned under the body of a larger boy with sandy hair. The small boi was the quiet one from the circle, the one with the brises. Grog saw now how that must be possible. The boy was a poor fighter.
Rosa told the man in a high voice, "Get your son and leave."
This annoyed Grog as he wished to see how the small one would overpower his opponent. He frowned when the child began to cry and curl into a ball The larger boy also frowned and pulled at the smaller arms, ripping from them a small book.
"See what you been writing about me, Timmy," the sandy haired boy said, getting up.
The man crossed the room and instead of congratulating the larger boy, yanked the smaller one from the carpet.
"Come on, you little cry baby," the man said.
"He's got my book," Tim said.
The father stopped and released his son. "Then go get it back," he said.
When the boy lowered his head and said nothing, the father began walking away. As he passed Grog, he matched eyes with the barbarian and found the floor. The boy followed when the man bellowed from the front door.
Naomi walked through the space with a disgusted look on her face. "Reggie," she said.
The sandy haired boy, Reggie, rolled his eyes and thrust at the book he had taken from Tim. "He started it, Mrs. Naomi."
Rosa spoke without being asked. "He beats that boy and you know it. All the bruises."
Naomi took the book. She shook her head at Rosa and said, "You argued with the dad and not the boys fighting?"
"You're not putting this on me," Rosa said.
"Mrs. Naomi, Timmy was drawing me and the little crap was laughing. Look," Reggie said.
"Out, Reggie. Two days," Naomi said.
"But Mrs. Naomi."
"Out. I'll be in my office." Naomi walked book in hand past the library assistant and the children's desk. She opened the door behind it into a dark room, leaving it open, and Grog heard another door open and shut.
A hand fell on Grog's elbow. Ben said, "Walk an old man to the curb, Groggy?"
Stay tuned on Fridays for the continuing adventures of Grog the Destroyer and how he became the Banned Library's children's librarian.
Or you could wait until we collect them all and buy them from the bookstore.