“Marie!” said Miss Henderson and ran over and hugged the woman. She then remembered her position, stood back and looked a little embarrassed. “This is for you,” said Miss Henderson and handed over the key.
Marie smiled, waved the key around her head and shouted “REVENIR”. The gargoyles all started to head towards the Notre Dame. As they reached the cathedral they leapt up returning to their places.
“Marie,” said Calliope. “You look… different somehow.”
“Et tu, non?” said Marie, smiling. “I think we have both come into our natural skin somehow. But please wait, I need to check something.”
Marie drew a circle in the ground around herself and closed her eyes. She looked deep in sleep for a few moments before her eyes opened again.
“My husband is safe, and the vampires too, although they have had the shock of meeting my mother,” she said.
“I thought your mother was dead,” said Morag.
“Is she a vampire too?” said Miss Henderson.
“No and no,” said Marie. “Is that all the gargoyles? We seem short some.”
“There’s another group coming,” said Miss Henderson. Marie nodded.
“The ones chasing my husband,” she said. “Here they come.”
The gargoyles filed past the women. Albrecht was one of the first.
“I tried to stop them,” said Albrecht, looking gloomy, “but this witch lady did a better job.”
“Thank you Albrecht,” said Marie. “Trying is good enough.”
“What about these two,” said Miss Henderson. She pointed at Pook and indicated Bisset by giving his face a little kick.
“Oopsie,” she said.
“Pook I’ll deal with later,” said Marie.
“He’s mine Marie,” said Calliope. “He took Emile.”
“Sabine… No, not Sabine…” started Marie.
“Calliope,” said Calliope, “Muse. Pleased to meet you, again.”
“Calliope, he’s a woodland creature that somehow gained extra powers. I need to know why. And… I am a witch. The woodland creatures are mine,” said Marie.
“There are laws,” said Calliope, looking sullen.
“He is the weapon, not the wielder,” said Marie, gently.
“This one is a wielder,” said Miss Henderson, kicking Bisset again. “He shot me.”
“For which he will go to jail forever,” said Marie. “There are laws.”
The last of the gargoyles was back on the cathedral and getting into position.
“What do we do with that?” said Morag, indicating the key.
“This, we do what we should have done from the start,” she said. “We leave it with the guardians.”
Marie looked up at the sky and held the key aloft. From four directions came a jolly fat man, a bird-like woman, a walrus and a lizard. As Marie brought her hands down the key was in four parts. She held the four parts out as the four avatars took them.
“When they are needed, we will give them,” they spoke in unison before departing the way they came.
“So, this whole trip was… for nothing?” said Miss Henderson.
Marie looked at the three other women, and the men on the ground.
“It was for everything,” she said. “Ah, here comes my husband.”
Approaching from a distance were Sir John, Marie’s mother and Phlebotomous holding on to a hopping sack.
“For everything,” repeated Marie quietly.