Barely accepting this Le Fay asked her child, “And why has Mother Danu banished you?”
Before either Josephine or Morgaine could answer another voice interrupted, “Were you to figure that riddle out sister we would both be satisfied.” The spiteful voice of Madb was firm as she entered the room. Madb’s tone reminded all in the room of an apple not yet ripe for picking – bitterly sour.
The presence of Madb stopped the three women cold. The tense atmosphere became downright hostile.
With anger in her eyes Morgaine snapped, “My own actions decreed it. If you cannot accept that you Old Crone, then take it up with Mother Danu!” Exhaustion laced Morgaine’s voice.
With brimstone burning in her eyes, Madb ran at Morgaine and before anyone could react she slapped the child so hard that her nails gouged three strips of Morgaine’s right cheek.
The deathly silence in the room was almost explosive in nature. Josephine couldn’t believe what she had just witnessed. Before doing anything else though Josephine quickly went to the oven and grabbed a towel hanging off the door. She next ran the towel under cold water before taking it and pressing it against Morgaine’s cheek.
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