DISCLAIMER: ALL MAIN CHARACTERS BELOW TO DIANA WYNNE JONES, AUTHOR OF HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE. The fanfic is based upon the BOOK, NOT the movie.
Howl's Moving Castle: The Aftermath
Chapter 19: In Which All Really Falls Apart
The dining hall was empty when Sophie arrived with Sebastian. Candles were lit around the room, their flickering more ominous than warm. The butler stepped ahead of her to pull out her designated chair at one far end of the table, and waited for her to gingerly set herself down before tucking her forward.
"The Master will be here presently," he said, before disappearing through lacquered swinging doors.
Calcifer's presence was already dissipating at a fast rate, leaving Sophie with a nauseous feeling. Her locket was still on, but its charge was not even a tenth as potent as Calcifer had been. She thought back to their brief conversation, and felt a small spike of worry. Howl was missing, and though she knew he was perfectly capable of handling himself, s