The Books of Magic: Ride a Black Horse, Epilogue: The Cruel Truth

by CSyphrett and Martin Maenza

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Gareth Gallowglass made his rounds about the school the day after Abby’s and Tim’s adventure. The platinum-haired woman caught up with him as he walked through the bestiary. She had been trying to locate him all morning. It was almost as if he was avoiding her, because he somehow knew she wanted to speak with him.

“Sir,” Abby Cable said, halting his trek. “I would like to take some leave to find out if what Adam Strange said is true.”

“No,” replied Headmaster Gallowglass without pause.

“Excuse me?” asked Abby, blinking.

“I know the one called the Swamp Thing is alive,” said Gallowglass.

“You… know?” asked Abby.

“I have always known,” said Gallowglass flatly.

“You knew, and you didn’t tell me?” burst Abby. “Why? Why didn’t you tell me? Didn’t you think that it would be important to me?”

“I don’t care how important it is to you,” said Gallowglass bitterly. “It’s not important to the running of the academy, nor is it important to me personally.” He started to move away.

Abby stepped into his path. “How could you be so cruel?” she asked, finding herself fighting to hold back tears.

“Because it’s my job,” said Gallowglass. “And that’s the way it is.” He turned from her and walked away.

Continued in The Books of Magic: Rise of the Bloody Moon

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