Kelsey shook her head. “No. Really. I opened up my locket this morning and found a troll inside.”
Kate put her fists on her hips like her mother did whenever she was caught in a lie (which happened more than Kate wanted to admit), blew a strand of mousy-brown hair that had the audacity to fall in her face. “Young lady…”
“Don’t young lady me, I’m six weeks older than you.”
“Well… prove it.”
On the way to the locker in question, Kelsey leaned over to Kate. “I kinda like him. I hope he sticks around.” To which, Kate gave her best whatever eye-roll. “I’ve discovered he has…certain abilities.”
This time, Kate said it aloud. “Whatever.”
When they arrived, Kelsey spoke to the vent holes of the locker as she spun the combination lock. “Remember that friend I told you about earlier? She’s here.”
The red-painted sheet metal door opened. “Oh, goody!” said a deep voice. “And I got that algebra assignment done for you too.” Kate’s eyes opened wide when she saw what was inside the locker.