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While the Reid children could be sarcastic, they knew that, if there was a terrible beast, and there was someone who seemed to have information about that terrible beast, you should probably be polite them. Millie said, “May I ask who’s speaking?”
A woman stepped out of the shadows behind them. She wasn’t all that much taller than Millie, but she was beautiful, with light blonde hair and a brilliant smile. “A friend, Honey.”
Anders said, “We could use one of those.”
The woman patted him on the head. “I know; I just found out about this awful amulet task.”
Millie said, “How did you find out about that?”
The woman sighed. “I try to keep up on things and do good where I can.”
Blue asked, “Are you an angel?”
The woman laughed. “I can’t say that I am, Sugar. But I do my best, and I love to hear that kids read, so I give kids books and support libraries.”
Millie narrowed her eyes. “Wait a minute, I think that I know who you are. You’re Dolly Parton.”
“That I can say, yes.”
“You just got inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!” Anders said. He said it a little too loudly, because the hodag turned its head towards the Reid children and Dolly Parton.
Dolly Parton said, “Don’t worry, I’ve got this.” She reached back into the shadows and pulled out guitar. She sang a sweet song. It was soft and slow, and the hodag started to walk around in a circle. It eventually laid down and closed its eyes. The Reid children all looked at her with wonder. She just smiled and said, “When you’ve been singing as long as I have, you get pretty good at it.”
Blue said, “I really liked your song.”
Dolly Parton thanked her, then she signaled for the Reid children to stay still while she went to get something. She quietly walked past the hodag and around a corner. Anders said, “I’m pretty sure that she actually is an angel.”
Blue said, “I was gonna say that, too!” Millie smiled but didn’t say anything.
Dolly Parton came back with something shiny in each hand. The Reid children looked excited, but she put a finger to her lips. When she got back to them, she held up one amulet. “This is the one that they want. With it, they could do terrible things.” She lowered that hand and raised the other amulet. “This is the one that you should give them.” It looks like the real one, but, with this one, they won’t actually be able to do anything.”
Millie took the fake amulet. “It really does look like the other one.”
Anders asked, “What are you going to do with the real amulet?”
“I thought I might give it to Miley Cyrus. It looks like something she’d like.”
Blue’s jaw dropped for a second, then she said, “Are you serious?”
Dolly Parton laughed quietly. “I’m pulling your leg. I’m going to put the amulet someplace safe where bad people can’t find it.”
Anders said, “I wish we had something for you to autograph.”
Dolly said, “Maybe you’ll see me again someday.” Then she winked. The Reid children all smiled. “Okay now,” she said. “Do you all still have the box to get back?” Millie held it up Dolly Parton nodded. “Push the button, give them the amulet, and everything will be fine.”
The Reid children hugged Dolly Parton. She gave a very warm hug back. Blue and Anders both held onto Millie’s arms, and Millie pushed the button. They were back in that other awful place. The man in charge looked at them. “That was quick.”
Millie shrugged. “We got your dumb amulet, why complain?” She held up the amulet. The man in charge took it. He smiled. The group of wizards stood watching. The man in charge turned around and held up the amulet. The wizards all cheered. The various creatures who were circling around stopped their circling for a moment, then they retired to their routes.
The man in charge went to the wizards, and they all began to chant as he held the amulet high up. The chanting grew louder and louder. The dragon breathed fire. The amulet began to glow a bright purple. Blue leaned towards her siblings. “Did we give the wrong amulet?”
Millie could only shrug. But as the chanting got louder and the amulet got brighter, the wizards, the creatures, and the dragon all got…fuzzier. Or blurrier. They got something, and then they were just gone. Anders said, “No, that was the right amulet.”
There were a few seconds of silence, and then the Reid children heard the door at the top of the stairs swing open. They raced to the top and happily went back into the library. They quickly decided that they wouldn’t tell anybody about what happened. They quickly found the books that they wanted to check out, and they met back with their mom at the front desk. On their way out to the car, they saw a flier on the bulletin board. None of them remembered seeing it on their way in, but it caught their attention, and they all looked at each other and smiled. It was for a charity event that was coming up. There was a long list of performers, and, of course, one of them was their new favorite singer. Blue said, “We should bring something to get autographed.”
Mrs. Reid gave her children a puzzled look, but, by this point, she was used to strange things happening, so it was no big surprise.