By Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson

The yr is 1901--it's been twenty-three years for the reason that Peter and the misplaced Boys lower back from Rundoon. on the grounds that then, no one at the island has grown an afternoon older, and the misplaced Boys proceed their friendship with the Mollusk tribe, and their competition with Captain Hook. in the meantime in London, Molly has married George Darling and is elevating 3 kids: Wendy, Michael, and John. One evening a customer looks at her door; it is James, one in every of Peter's unique misplaced Boys. he's now operating for Scotland backyard and suspects that the inheritor to England's throne, Prince Albert Edward, is lower than the impact of shadow creatures. those shadow creatures are decided to discover a mystery cache of startstuff which fell to London many centuries in the past. The starstuff is hidden in an underground vault which has just one key: the Sword of Mercy, a mythical weapon stored with the Crown Jewels. Molly is decided to aid, but if she unexpectedly is going lacking, it really is as much as her eleven-year-old daughter, Wendy, to maintain the starstuff out of the Others' clutches. She has heard her mother's tales of a flying boy named Peter Pan, and he could be her in simple terms wish in saving the realm from a shadowy doom...

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Mauch used to be pouring melted wax through a bit of silk, permitting the ensuing paraffin to drip into the chamber of a small brass blowtorch. while he was once entire, he screwed the chamber again onto the blowtorch, then held it over burning candles. while he used to be happy that the paraffin had vaporized, he grew to become the valve and held a fit to the torch tip. A tongue of blue flame shot out. Mauch adjusted the valve, then fast went to the scaffold and passed it to Coben. “The tip? ” acknowledged Coben. Mauch reached into his pocket and pulled out a triangular piece of steel, which he passed to Coben. Mauch had made it from a pewter plate he’d chanced on at the altar, carving the gentle steel into the form of the bishop’s miter. Coben caught the pewter tip in a pocket and, retaining the burning blowtorch rigorously, climbed the rickety scaffold. the opposite 3 watched anxiously as he reached the head and expert the blue flame onto the description of lead that held the bishop’s miter within the window. For a minute and extra the chapel used to be silent, store for the hissing of the flame. “How a lot time? ” requested the Skeleton. Scarlet pulled an eye fixed from her pocket. “Less than twenty mins. ” “Faster! ” the Skeleton rasped as much as Coben. “The edges are melting,” Coben known as down. As he spoke, the bishop’s miter separated and sagged ahead a little from the window. Coben, utilizing a fabric to guard his hand from the warmth, rigorously took carry of the piece and pulled it loose. He fast substituted the pewter piece. It wasn’t an ideal healthy, yet he melted the lead edging to make up the gaps. From a distance, the window regarded slightly varied from while he’d all started. Coben climbed down speedy and passed the prize to the Skeleton, who held it up in his clawlike hand. “The tip of Curtana,” he rasped. “The Sword of Charlemagne. The Sword of Mercy. ” regardless of the necessity for haste, the 4 stood for a number of moments, reading the top. It used to be made up of silver-colored steel that sparkled within the candlelight like metal, yet to the Skeleton it felt heavier. the end was once pointed at one finish; the other facet jagged and at an attitude, because the tip had no longer damaged from the sword frivolously. It was once just a couple of inches lengthy, in regards to the size of his hand. The Skeleton confirmed the sting by way of lightly touching a scarred finger rub to it. He jerked his hand again: it was once bleeding. “Seven hundred years,” he stated. “And nonetheless razor sharp. ” Coben leaned nearer, peering on the glowing tip. “All that effort,” he acknowledged, shaking his head. “All that looking, for…that. not anything yet a small piece of steel. ” The Skeleton checked out Coben, then again on the tip. “This small piece of metal,” he rasped, “is approximately to alter the area. ” CHAPTER 15 on my own WENDY DARLING! What an outstanding shock! are available in and enable me offer you a hug! ” Wendy stepped into the Aster mansion and used to be squeezed to breathlessness contained in the abundant embody of Mrs. Bumbrake, in her past due seventies yet nonetheless ambitious. Mrs. Bumbrake were hired by means of the Asters for many years, having initially been employed as governess for Leonard and Louise Aster’s basically daughter, Molly.

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