When Sophie and Josh sit down to eat dinner, Flamel delivers some startling news.
He tells them that the twins themselves, their family, and even Bernice are not safe.
The twins would like to leave it all behind and never tell a soul, but unfortunately, that's not exactly an option right now.
They've come too far, and Flamel says that it's unrealistic to escape now.
What's more, now they stink. Okay maybe we're being a bit harsh. But the smell of wild magic is on them, because Hekate touched them (remember that scent they smelled when she did so?).
Apparently, every magician has his or her distinctive scent, like "a magical fingerprint," and Hekate is no exception.
From this day on it will never fade—it will only get stronger. Seriously, they're going to smell like a crazy woman who lives in a tree for the rest of their lives.
Suddenly the Goddess with the Three Faces arrives at dinner, except she doesn't look like Hekate anymore. She looks like an old lady.
The servants, too, are a bit strange. They look like primitive humans, but they're actually Torc Allta, Sophie notices.
Josh murmurs that their red hair and piggy faces gave them away.
Flamel quietly scolds him for insulting them; he warns him not to speak carelessly without knowledge of magical creatures.
The Goddess of the Three Faces tells the twins and Flamel that they've gotta hit the road. She has no intention of helping them whatsoever.
Desperate, Josh tries to appeal to her. He says that her daughter, or granddaughter, just this afternoon wanted to help them.
Bad move, dude. Hekate finds this insulting, and tells them that she has no daughter or granddaughter.
The Torc Allta ready themselves to fight and a standoff occurs. This Hekate sure has a quick temper.
Scatty pulls a bow and arrow taut and says something in the ancient language, reminding Hekate of the ancient rules of hospitality.
Well that cools her off a bit, and everyone stands down. Phew.
When they are alone, Flamel and Scatty explain that Hekate is called the Goddess of the Three Faces for a reason—she is cursed to be a girl in the morning, a young woman in the afternoon, and an old woman at night. Oh, so that wasn't her relative—it was her!
Plus, Scatty mentions, Elders get nervous in the presence of iron. That's why she uses iron arrowheads.
Flamel says they should all get some rest.
Tomorrow he hopes to convince young Hekate to awaken the twins' magical potential so that they can become magicians.