Charlotte stood on her tip toes peering through the
narrow window of the wooden door. Her knees began to shake as she saw Jacob
inking notes at his desk in the far corner. She stepped back on her heals and
sighed. It’s now or
never! She thought as she opened the door and walked into the
“Hi Jacob,” she said, hanging her coat on the wooden
post. The labs stone floor and walls made the room feel cold and damp. Huge
wooden tables sat at odd angles while Jacobs mahogany desk occupied the corner
of the room with view of the door.
Jacob kept his nose in his work. This is going to
be harder than I thought. She grabbed an apron from off the post and walked
over to his desk. She picked up a light gray stone with a smooth blue side.
“That’s an agate. Pretty powerful stone, but it’s been
dead for a long time.” Jacob looked up from his work. “What are you doing here
“I was wondering if you’d like any help,” she said as
she put the stone down.
“That’s really thoughtful,” Jacob stated as he walked
over to a table littered with old artifacts and tiny glass bottles of multicolored
liquids. “But I work better alone.”
“Come on, please?” Char begged. “I’m going stir crazy
trying to research for Olivia. I’ve been at the library from dusk till dawn,
every day, since she and Jackson left. I’m not getting anywhere!”
“Did Liv put you up to this?” He said, smiling with the
right corner of his mouth.
“No!” Charlotte looked down at the desk again, not
wanting to make eye contact with him. Jacob raised his brow and crossed his
arms. Char could feel his eyes on her as she gave in. “Okay, yes. Live wanted
me to come talk to you, but so did I.” Char stated as she walked over to him. “I
just wasn’t sure how to approach you.”
Jacob’s face softened as he saw Char turn a slightly
shade of pink. She shook her head, trying to remove the idea she was blushing
“So, can I help?” Char asked, her heart beat racing
inside of her chest. Jacob grabbed a glass bottle from the table and handed it
“I need this liquid mixed with a smidge of dust from
the green jar over there.”
Char smiled and started to work. Jacob’s eyes followed.