I was halfway out, kneeling on all fours, when my eye first took in that the tops of the bushes opposite, with their moving tracery of leaves, made shapes against the sky. I sat back on my haunches and stared. It was incredible, surely, but there, opposite and slightly above me, were shapes of some indeterminate sort among the willows, and as the branches swayed in the wind they seemed to group themselves about these shapes, forming a series of monstrous outlines that shifted rapidly beneath the moon. Close, about fifty feet in front of me, I saw these things.
"It's understood," Tam cunningly arranged, "that when he or she arrives you'll sort of make them feel at home while I wait for the boy?"
"I suppose you mean me, Dick," said Lys, coloring up.
"I don't care to have one fly into the window," said Max Fortin; "it means evil to the house and the people in it."
That afternoon the three sisters were in the study.
"Without accepting anything for it?"
"Good heavens!" I cried, "where did that puddle of blood come from?"