Lilli of the Forest: Chapter 15
Within the shroud of cobalt midnight a single beacon gleamed, its light formed a bubble around a crouched figure. With his shoulders wrapped in a quilt, Ethan huddled inside the shining shield and drew his book closer. But his mind absorbed none of the words that his eyes scanned. Every bit of focus drew to the echoes of crickets chirping and frogs croaking and cars revving down the street and leaves rustling in the wind. Among all of these noises he perked his ears in hopes that even the faintest high-pitched note from the whistle would ripple across the stars. But no such sound rang, and he tossed the book aside with a sigh, abandoning any hopes of being a productive student.
Ethan recalled what he told Lilli about the whistle, how it should only be used in case of emergencies and it would drive away danger. Although he sincerely meant this warning, he hoped that she would never have to use it. Lilli would only be in