“Hi, Taylor. Any new ghosts in town?” asked Joey, putting new books on the front table.
“A few,” she said.
“Before you go in the back,” he said, “do you think that if Cormick goes into the past that he can stop wars and diseases from manifesting during our time?”
“I doubt it,” she said. “I think things will play out pretty much the same way.”
“Because people are people and they aren’t intelligent enough to see what’s right in front of them.”
Joey thought about it. “I guess you’re right.”
“Did Diana tell you about my father?”
“I still want to find my mother.”
“Did you ask Sparrow for help?”
He shook his head. “No.”
“She’ll help you. Not because of your Fairy Oath, but because she loves you. Hmm, maybe I should say that she’s in love with you.”
“We just friends forever,” he said.
“It’s more than that for her.”
“You’re so smart in so many other areas, aren’t you?” she sighed, patting him on the shoulder. “I’ll be in the Lab.”
A gorgeous woman walked in. Joey recognized her immediately.
“Hi, Jo Jo. Did you see your father?”
“I did. Thank you.”
“He said he was going to stop by.”
“He doesn’t really want to have anything to do with me.”
She nodded. “He just found out about you. Maybe he’ll change his mind.”
“I seriously doubt it.”
“I’ve been trying to find your mom.”
“Yes, but I haven’t found anything yet.”
“Thank you for looking,” he said. “Would you like some tea and cookies?”
“Yes, please. That would be lovely.”
They sat at the kitchen table, and fell into an easy and comfortable togetherness.
“I’ve missed you,” she said. “I always hoped you would come back.”
“I’m sorry. I didn’t know who I was. I still don’t. Not really.”
“Someone wiped your memory.”
“Why?” he asked. “Who would do something like that?”
“Maybe you saw something you shouldn’t have. I don’t know,” she said.
“My father said that I wouldn’t be welcome in Fairy.”
She nodded. “Your father is very powerful, but he’s right.”
“You accept me.”
“I love you. That makes a difference.”
He smiled. “I love you too.”
“I’m going to keep looking for your mother,” she said, standing up. “I’ll let you know if I find anything.”
“Thank you. I hardly ever leave here, so you know where I’ll be.”
“Your eyes are just like your father’s.”
“That’s what he said. A fractured genetic anomaly, or something like that.”
She laughed and nodded. “Yes, that’s what it is. Look, I have to go,” she muttered, pressing his hand to her cheek. “I’ll see you soon.”
The shop was busy all day. Deliveries were made and boxes piled up behind the counter. People came in to pick up potions and spells. Questions were asked about the coffee station and everyone voted for chocolate chip cookies, except for Mr. Clark, who requested Ginger Snaps.
Cormick barged in at closing time and his hyper energy immediately filled the shop. Midnight did a perfect version of Halloween Cat, his back arched, as he pranced sideways, and Chester hid behind a chair.
“KNOCK IT OFF!” said Diana. You just ruined a potion I’ve been working on for forty-five minutes.”
“Oh, sorry,” he said, looking as if he meant it.
“Now,” said Diana. “What do you want?”
“You mean besides you?” he asked