On the Wings of an Angel - 26CHAPTER 26: RECONCILIATION
At the house, Pinocchio and Duke were bundled up in every blanket that could be found and placed as close to the hearth as possible. While Armando and Terence stoked the fire, Rhiella and Arietta brought in some hot broth for Pinocchio and a big bowl of steaming milk for Duke.
While Duke lay shivering under his heap of blankets, Figaro curled up beside him, even went so far as to lick the dog's ears. Duke kept still and let the kitten do this.
While the fire crackled, Terence sat on the floor and held Pinocchio in his lap, partly to provide additional warmth, partly for the personal need to have the boy close to him. Rhiella sat next to them with the broth and spoon-fed Pinocchio, who quietly but readily slurped each spoonful. After the first bowl, Pinocchio's teeth still chattered, though not so much now.
"Th-thank you, Rhiella."
"You're welcome," she said as she set aside the spoon and bowl. "Are you sure you'll be all right?"
"I think so." The boy s