~ From Titan Magic ~
The glass box on the altar. She had almost forgotten the thing was there, assuming it served some ritualistic purpose for a religion in which she had never been able to participate. But now, as she moved closer, she saw the thing for what it was: a coffin. She crawled up the stairs on her hands and knees and peered between the steel vines, all the while muttering, “Snow White. It’s Snow White.”
Her amazement only grew when she saw the young man whose body lay in Snow White’s coffin. His heavy, golden curls were in perfect contrast to his iron pillow. She thought she might have seen him once before in one of her picture books—a royal footman or some other background servant, who blended perfectly with the richness of the palace—just an ornament for the story. She pulled herself to her feet and gazed down into the coffin. He seemed to smile up at her with dimples that would have been more appropriate on a boy half his age.
Maddy felt her heart fluttering at the base of her throat as she asked, “Is he dead?”
“No.” Jas’ voice sounded more melancholy than usual. “He isn’t dead.”
“He’s enchanted, you see?” Father Androcles put an arm around her shoulders, but Maddy barely noticed.
“We have to get him out of there.” She ran both her hands along the glass, trying to find some way in. There had to be a hinge somewhere. A lock. A handle. Something.
“Madeleine…” Jas began.
“He’s not breathing!” She lifted a fist to punch through the glass.
“Stop,” Jas commanded her, and her fist hung in midair. “You’re being irrational.”
Irrational? Maybe. But the face she’d seen in that coffin made her sick to her stomach. He looked as though he were only sleeping, but he was too still, too peaceful. “There must be some way to wake him.”
“You don’t want to wake him,” Jas said. “Trust me.”
Father Androcles tightened his arm around Maddy’s shoulders as she whispered, “Why?”
“Because, Madeleine,” Jas’ voice fell, “he’s a Titan. If you wake him, he’ll kill you.”
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