Nesting Doll

“ What counsel do you seek, young woman? “ he asked. “ I know you by your parents. Your father is a doubter. Speak quickly. “

“ My father has gone mad and murdered my mother. He is on his way here now. I'd like to testify to witchcraft. “

“ Witchcraft? That's a confronting testament to make against one's kin. What proof have you? “

Truda reached into her apron pocket.

On the magistrate's desk she placed a black hen's egg, warm, and hard as stone.

 





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