Chapter 44: Plum Fights Dirty

Conroy led us down the hall, to my old room which overlooked the backyard.  There was a chair outside the room, to the left of the door.  I assumed that was his post. As soon as the door closed behind him, Plum looked around and removed a mirror from the wall over the dresser.  She walked over to the window, […]

Chapter 44: Time Rifts

The vapor creeping underneath the door appeared to be sentient.  It suddenly expanded and began rolling through the room towards them.  Jagathy, Marko, Andrea and Janet succeeded in waking four warriors and getting them to their feet, before it rolled over them.  Jagathy urged the group to follow him towards the other end of the massive storage space. The vapors […]

Chapter 43: Temptation

Ethan smiled invitingly at Andrea.  She took another step back.  Perhaps it was a trick of the dim light, but something unpleasant appeared to be lurking behind his expression.  It was less a smile than baring his teeth.  Andrea realized that her nerves were still on edge after the melee in the church, but she did not want to dismiss […]

Chapter 43: The Gloves Come Off.

Reverend Mother was so experienced with the spirit whistle, she could tell from Harriet’s body language the moment that Samentha took the reins of Harriet’s consciousness.  By the time the nursing home staff came bursting through the door, Samentha had already seated Harriet’s body comfortably next to Reverend Mother’s bed.  The two of them feigned ignorance about the shrill noise.  […]

Chapter 43: Enemy Territory

The rest of the trip to Plum’s house is a blur of uncomfortable silences punctuated by Delilah’s complaints and sarcastic retorts.  In the end, she was banished to the rear of the van.  I took her place in the driver’ seat and found it difficult to drive with her staring daggers into the back of my head.  Despite the fact […]

Chapter 42: Cornered and Outnumbered

Opening the hatch in the floor unfurled a ladder.  They clambered down and the warriors hurriedly led them down a dark, narrow hallway below ground.  The bleached stone walls reminded Janet of a medieval dungeon.  She felt the chill in the air and wondered where they were being taken.  All Janet could see ahead was a doorway’s dim outline at […]

Chapter 42: Poltergeist Rampage

I placed a restraining hand on Plum’s arm, unable to believe that she was just going to walk towards the cyclone of ectoplasmic energy empty-handed.  Beastie was walking a few paces behind us.  He looked up and paused, patiently waiting for us to start walking. “What are you doing?” “What does it look like I’m doing darling?  I have to […]

Chapter 42: Spirit Whistle

Harriet wanted to come up with a convincing excuse to get out of visiting Reverend Mother. The last thing she felt up to was being lectured or cross-examined. On the other hand, the longer she put off visiting, the angrier her mother would be. Harriet thought about her fight with Joshua and groaned. She needed to go see their mother […]

Chapter 41: Let The Magic Circle be Unbroken.

Plum directed Delilah to a site across town. When she finally told her to pull over, everyone looked around in bewildered silence. Plum smiled broadly. “Well come on then. What are you waiting for, an engraved invitation to the battle?  Everyone get out. Let’s get this show on the road.” Delilah looked at her sideways, “Where exactly are we going? […]

Chapter 41: A Traitor is Unmasked.

The trio was allowed to sleep until late the next day. They showered, changed, and emerged from their rooms to find a Doorkeeper attendant waiting outside their rooms.  She escorted them to the chapel, ignoring their questions about why they had been summoned there.  The trio stepped across the threshold and paused, gazing at those already assembled in the chapel.  […]

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