“You sure this is the place?”
He nodded. “There’s the hollow oak where you hid. I ran to tag you, tripped on a stump.”
“Which is still here. After twenty years.”
“You came to help me, found the key.”
“Saved it in my treasure box. Forgot about it. Till we remembered the saying.”
She who unlocks the forest door, lives and thrives forevermore.
“Look, Katya. Bricks! A window!”
“The forest door!”
Katya reached it first. She shivered, afraid to try the key, afraid not to. “For our children,” Denis reminded her.
She took a deep breath and inserted the key.