Chapter 16. A Change of Plan

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SECOND, the package’s directions read, DELIVER TO BRUTO FUERZA, LOOKOUT HILL LIGHTHOUSE. Laurie and Xor couldn’t see any lighthouse, but there was a cloud of dust rising from the hill.

“You work for Winsome, eh? Right on time,” said Bruto when they arrived. “I’m sorry to say we’re behind schedule. Our lighthouse isn’t finished. We’ve been working double-time, day and night.”

“Are you going to put the lighthouse on top of that castle?” Laurie asked.

“Castle?” asked Bruto. “That is the lighthouse.”

Dozens of Green-Shelled Round machines were busy all around the enormous structure. They looked just like Tinker’s turtle, but ...

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