From Curse of the Dream Witch:
On the other side of the staircase wall, she could hear the
life of the castle. It seemed to come from far away, like what
she''d heard when she was little and stuck her head in the
courtyard rain barrel. She tried to hear and not hear at the same
time - eager and afraid to know what was happening. The clomping on
the stairs, the rumble of voices - what were they about? Had Leo
found her missing? Was there news about her parents?
Ephemia read her mind. "What''s happening there is happening
there. Keep your mind on the here and now, or you''ll tumble down
and have nothing to think about ever."
Olivia concentrated hard. One step at a time. One step at a
time. Before she knew it, what had seemed impossible had become
real. She''d reached a dingy alcove above two squat pillars, eight
feet from the dungeon floor.
Olivia shivered. Before she''d been locked away, she''d
played hide-and-seek in the cells with the servants'' children. One
day, she''d nearly tripped into an open well. Her parents were
horrified. They said she''d have disappeared into the underground
river that ran beneath the castle.
Ephemia saw Olivia''s hesitation. "There''s only one way
Olivia said a prayer, hung from the alcove, and dropped into