Need to Know Part 1 By: T.G. Browning


Need to Know
The mildest of sounds may stir an avalanche. The softest sigh. J. Ramsey Hollencraft Snowbound
Part 1
By: T.G. Browning

“I know this girl, she can get rid of them. A friend said she got rid of cockroaches and all sorts of stuff for some frat house a couple of weeks ago.”

Kevin sat down himself. With three of them sitting, Carl decided it was a quad room meeting and joined them. “How—it takes chemicals to do that unless she’s some sort of chemistry student, I can’t see it …”

“She’s a witch.”

Six blank eyes and three vacant expressions regarded the alleged Health student.

After a moment, Kevin said, “Give me a break.”

Pete. “You got to be kidding.”

After a moment, Carl. “How much does she charge?”

“She’d do it for free if Kevin asked her.” Mandy looked smug and Kevin looked blank.

“You want to run that by me again,” he finally got out.

“Sure. You remember Kat McCoy? That girl you dated last term for awhile?”


“She can do it.”

“You’ve got to be kidding.”

“Nope. She’s a witch”

Carl looked at Kevin with a mixture of respect and misgiving. “You dated a witch?”

“She isn’t a witch. She’s a lit major.”

“She knows charms and hexes and all sorts of stuff.”

Pete had been following all of this with mouth slightly open and eyes fairly wide. “You dumped a witch? I thought the school was into diversity; I didn’t think you were allowed to dump witches.”

“She’s not a witch. She’s an Episcopalian.”

“She’s still stuck on you. I talked to her a week ago and she was asking about you.”

Kevin shook his head. Kat had been a change, though what sort of change, he wasn’t sure. She was mystical, that was a given. Gifted, too, in languages, which is where he’d met her—she was tutoring science students in German and Kevin had been falling behind and needed some help. They dated a dozen times or so and then, when he’d asked her the last time, he’d gotten a ‘maybe we’d better cool it for a while’ and gone on about his way. He’d been dumped though he had never been certain why. “She dumped me,” he muttered, not too quietly. So now she had been asking about him? It didn’t make a lot of sense to him. He said as much.

“She seemed really interested in what you were doing, how you were, if you were dating anybody else, the whole smear.” Mandy amplified. “I’d say she dumped you because she thought maybe you were just a bit too intense for her. You know you get that way.”

That brought a laugh from both Carl and Pete. All three of them knew that once Kevin got interested in something, he was single-minded as hell about it. “Well, I wasn’t serious about her. I’d hate to lead her on…”

“Lead her, lead her,” Pete butted in. “If she can get rid of the cockroaches, Carl and I will make sure she gets her money’s worth. So to speak.” Carl looked entirely too agreeable.


“Nobody is asking you to set up housekeeping with the lady. Just ask her for a favor. Maybe something will come of it and maybe not,” Mandy added. “She did the job for the frat-rats for free. I think she was just being helpful so why can’t she be helpful here? It won’t cost you anything to be nice to her and you did say you liked her.”

“Well, yeah, but…”

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