STORY: GHOST TOWN: Mandy Part 1 by Beth Barany (Part 7 of 12)
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“Come on, we have to get out of here. She’s crazy.” Mandy grabbed the skinny girl by the arm and rushed her back down the hill.
“What? Was he dead?” The girl squeaked.
“Of course! What do you think?”
“Did you—?” The girl hiccupped as they practically slid down the embankment.
“No.” Mandy choked on the emotion lodged in her throat. She’d loved Rick, she hated Rick, but she never would have killed him. “It was my crazy sister. She’s possessed.”
The girl gasped. “Really?”
“How the hell should I know? Who else could it be?”
They neared the mini-mart and café. The girl was shivering in her coat. She just stood in front of the two buildings, not moving.
“You got a phone? My cell is dead here. We gotta call for help,” Mandy said.
“What? Oh, yeah. My—aunt and uncle—they got a phone. In the house,” the girl finally said.
“Come on, we got to hustle. Maybe your uncle has a gun. I don’t know where my crazy sister is. I want to be prepared.”
The girl finally nodded and led her to around back behind the café.
“Pam?” The girl walked into the house.
There was no reply.
“Walter? You there?” The girl led her into the living room.
An old TV buzzed the nightly news, but no Walter.
“OMG, where are they?”
Mandy scanned the run down house. Lights were on. Everything appeared in its place. Steam floated up from a teakettle.
The girl swiveled and ran back out the door. Mandy followed and picked up a piece of wood stacked at the front door.
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First off, Henrietta is afraid of magic, but doesn’t realize that she uses the magic of the land every day. She’s quite comfortable reading bird sign for guidance, something she’s always been able to do since she was very small. One of her traveling companions, Paulette, is a witch’s apprentice, so Henrietta must come to terms with having magic around her. The magic Paulette is learning takes practice. She must memorize spells and use items from nature to cast a spell. Paulette is hungry for magic and in a hurry to master it. Let’s just say that gets her into some trouble.
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