A Hat Full of Sky (Tiffany Aching)

By Terry Pratchett

The moment in a sequence of Discworld novels starring the younger witch Tiffany Aching.

Something is coming after Tiffany. . . .

Tiffany Aching is able to commence her apprenticeship in magic. She expects spells and magic—not chores and ill-tempered nanny goats! without doubt there has to be extra to witchcraft than this!

What Tiffany does not be aware of is that an insidious, disembodied creature is pursuing her. This time, neither Mistress Weatherwax (the maximum witch on the earth) nor the fierce, six-inch-high Wee loose males can defend her. in any case, it's going to take all of Tiffany's internal power to save lots of herself . . . if it may be performed at all.

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Then she acknowledged: ‘But he’s consistently right here! ’ ‘Yes, ever considering that i will take note! ’ acknowledged omit point. ‘Have you attempted placing a spoon within the knife drawer? ’ ‘Yes, in fact! no longer quite a bit as a rattle! ’ ‘Dropped an apple middle? He always—’ ‘That used to be the very first thing i attempted! ’ ‘How concerning the salt and sugar trick? ’ omit point hesitated. ‘Well, no . . . ’ She brightened up. ‘He does love that one, so he’s sure to occur, definite? ’ Tiffany discovered the large bag of salt and one other of sugar, and poured either one of them right into a bowl.

I’m attempting to have a second o’ existential dreed right here, correct? Crivens, it’s a puir lookout if a guy cannae believe the cold winds o’ destiny lashing aroound his nethers wi’out parents telling him he’s deid, eh? ’ ‘Ach, and that i see ye’ve been speaking to the toad back, Rob,’ acknowledged monstrous Yan. ‘He’s the one one arroond right here that used them lang phrases that tak’ all day to stroll the size of . . . ’ He became to Jeannie. ‘It’s a nasty case o’ the thinkin’ he’s stuck, missus. while a guy starts off messin’ wi’ the readin’ and the writin’ then he’ll come doon with a dose o’ the thinkin’ quickly sufficient.

There has been not anything she may perhaps do approximately that. at the very least her hair was once fresh and she’d washed her face. She had a brand new costume on, which stronger issues a piece. It used to be so strange to shop for new outfits within the Aching kin that, in fact, it was once received giant in order that she’d ‘grow into it’. yet at the very least it was once light eco-friendly, and it didn’t truly contact the ground. With the glossy new boots and the straw hat she regarded . . . like a farmer’s daughter, really good, going off to her first task. It’d need to do. From right here she may perhaps see the sharp hat on her head, yet she needed to glance difficult for it.

It swung away with a tinkling sound. there has been the sound of dashing water, too, a way away. leave out point was once commencing a door. It led right into a small, brightly lit and amazingly tidy kitchen. a hearth used to be burning rapidly within the iron range. ‘Um . . . I’m purported to be the apprentice,’ acknowledged Tiffany, nonetheless groggy from the flight. ‘I’ll make whatever to drink should you exhibit me the place issues are—’ ‘No! ’ pass over point burst out, elevating her fingers. The shout appeared to have stunned her, simply because she was once shaking while she reduced them.

There’s energy in her she doesnae dream of. however the hiver smells it. ’ ‘Aye, good, a drink’s a drink whomsoever ye name her,’ stated Jeannie, soothingly. She waved the cup below Rob’s nostril. He sighed, and regarded away. Jeannie stood up speedy. ‘Wullie! large Yan! Come quickly! ’ she yelled. ‘He willnae tak’ a drink! i feel he’s deid! ’ ‘Ach, this is often no’ the time for powerful licker,’ stated Rob anyone. ‘My center is heavy, wumman. ’ ‘Quickly now! ’ Jeannie shouted down the outlet . . . ‘He’s deid and nonetheless talkin’! ’ ‘She’s the hag o’ those hills,’ stated Rob, ignoring her.

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