Blood Brothers (Sign of Seven)
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In the town of Hawkins Hollow, it's called The Seven. Every seven years, on the seventh day of the seventh month, strange things happen. It began when three young boys-Caleb, Fox, and Gage-went on a camping trip to The Pagan Stone. And twenty-one years later, it will end in a showdown between evil and the boys who have become men-and the women who love them.
in from that direction, picked up the cross trail here. We were loaded down. My mother had packed a picnic basket, thinking we were camping out on Fox’s family farm. We had his boom box, his load from the market, our backpacks full of the stuff we figured we couldn’t live without. We were still nine years old. Kids, pretty much fearless. That all changed before we came out of the woods again.” When he started to walk once more, she put a hand on his arm, squeezed. “Is that tree bleeding, or do
said. “In all kinds of things. But she’s just got a natural talent for cooking and gardening and decorating. What you see around here, it’s all her doing. Painted the walls, made the curtains—sorry, window treatments,” he corrected with a twinkle at his wife. “Get out. You did all the faux and fancy paintwork? Yourself?” “I enjoy it.” “Found that sideboard there years back at some flea market, had me haul it home.” Jim gestured toward the gleaming mahogany sideboard. “A few weeks later, she
Frannie asked. “I thought I was. But our definition of same differed widely.” “It can be difficult to blend careers and personal lives.” “Oh, I don’t know. People do it all the time—with varying degrees of success, sure, but they do. I think it just has to be the right people. The trick, or the first of probably many tricks, is recognizing the right person. Wasn’t it like that for you? Didn’t you have to recognize each other?” “I knew the first time I saw Frannie. There she is.” Jim beamed
canceled. It had gotten so people canceled everything at the first half inch, then went to war over bread and toilet paper in the supermarket. And since the powers-that-be canceled school before noon, the arcade and the grill were buzzing. But when his father came in about two in the afternoon, looking like Sasquatch, Cal paid more attention. “I think we’re going to close up shop,” Jim said in his easy way. “It’s not that bad. The arcade’s drawing the usual suspects, the grill’s been busy.
hesitated only a beat. “Agreed.” “It ain’t a stroll down the Champs Élysées,” Gage commented, and Cybil cocked an eyebrow at him. “We’ll manage.” “There was another element that night, another aspect we haven’t talked about with you.” “With anyone,” Fox added. “It’s hard to explain why. We were ten, everything went to hell, and…Well.” Cal set his part of the stone on the table. “A piece of rock?” Layla said. “Bloodstone.” Cybil pursed her lips, started to reach for it, stopped. “May I?”