The Black Craft

How can I fear the end when I know that where I am
headed is to a new destiny?
Being a reincarnated Witch isn't easy. 18-year-old Billie
is struggling with coming to these terms. On the eve before her
eighteenth birthday she discovers she and her family are Witches,
her best friend is an Empath and the school Principal is a
Vampire.

The first eighteen years of her life she's been kept in
the dark all so that she and her brother could have a normal
childhood. But her fathers' choices has led to disastrous
consequences. Billie must learn to conrtol her powers and gain
strength as the first Vampire is reborn in the small town of Penn
Gate.

A lot of questions surround the new kids, Astrid, Christian and
Desiree. Billie doesn't trust them and likes it even less
when her own brother, Brian, begins to date one of them. But
what can she do about it when she has to keep her own secrets
safe?

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10. One Clear Night

Brian was sitting on the hood of an old black truck that had to be older than my Dad’s Beatle.  He was looking seriously pleased with himself when I approached him.

“Well what do you think?” He asked.

“Please tell me you didn’t buy that piece of crap.” I snapped.

“It’s not a piece of crap!” He retorted.

“Couldn’t you have gotten a car that hasn’t been around since the seventies?  Seriously, does this thing run?”

“I’ve taken for a test drive and she handles pretty well.”

“How much did you pay for it, Brian?” I asked.

“Just under $2000.”

 

My jaw fell open.  Here I was beginning to think he had grown up and saved all his hard earned money to buy himself a car, of course instead he wastes his money as usual but this time on a crap-mobile.

“You have got to be kidding me.  How much did you have to spend?”

“$2345 and some change.”

“Is it definite?  I mean did you fill out paperwork and the rest?” I asked giving up.

“Yeah, it’s mine.”

“Okay, let’s go home I’m starving.”

 

Brian drove behind me and incredibly managed to keep up with me.  Luckily our drive is quite wide so there was enough room for both of us to park our cars although I mostly park my car on the street next to the gate.

For most of that night, after Brian had his dinner, he went out driving round town, although normally that should take only an hour or the novelty of his first car wasn’t going to wear out anytime soon.  Dulcie finally emerged from her room and settled down with me, in my room, where we did our homework together whilst eating some more of my birthday cake.  When Brian finally came home at eight he wasn’t alone.

“Oh god!” I said when I looked out the window.

“What?” Dulcie asked patting her stomach.

“He’s made a new friend.” I said in a sarcastic perky tone.  “Remember that Paris Hilton clone we met the other day?  Astrid.  She’s with Brian.”

“What, he’s been here a day!  He sure moves fast.”

 

There was a short knock on my door before Brian came into my room.

“Hey, Bill, this chick I met she says she knows you.  Cute, blonde and tiny.”

“Yup that’s Astrid.”

“Right, well, we met at the Peaks and we got chatting and she seems real nice so I invited her back here to watch a movie.”

“Oh, cool we’ll be right down.”

“We will?” Asked Dulcie awkwardly through a tightly stretched smile.

“Yeah, movie night sounds so much more fun than homework.” I said with a big fake smile.

“Okay, but no chick flicks understood?” He said before leaving the room.

“Billie, why are we joining Miss Perfect?” Dulcie asked in a similar tone of what I had used before.

“Because she and her sisters are suspects of this big evil.  Or at least suspects of what the Prophetess, that Riley knows, saw.”

“What did the Prophetess see?”

“That there was a new evil in town.”

“Why are they suspects?”

“Because they’re Sun Walkers and, according to Riley, Sun Walkers can turn into Night Walkers and I’ll be damned if I’m leaving my little brother alone with a possible homicidal vampire.” I said as I put my books back in my bag.

“Can’t you write a spell to find out if she’s evil?” Dulcie asked.

“I don’t know.” I said.

“Well, c’mon, Billie, you are a witch, aren’t you?” Dulcie said nudging me with her elbow.

“Okay I’ll give it a shot.” I sat for a while thinking of what to write and remembering that most of the spells in The Black Craft rhymed.

“Okay, this is my first spell so you can’t blame me if it’s rubbish.” I warned Dulcie.

“Stop doubting yourself.  You’ll get loads better with experience.” She urged.

“Okay, here goes nothing.  For one hour give me power to see what’s black and white.  Oh blessed be, bless my sight, foil this vampires’ bite.”

 

Everything went dark and then bright white before my vision turned back to normal until I looked at Dulcie.  She was covered in lots of little white lights and just as I was about to say this to her she exclaimed, “Your eyes, Billie! Oh my god what have you done?” She almost shouted.

“What’s wrong?  What’s wrong with my eyes?”

“Your eyes are completely white apart from a small black dot in the centre.”

“WHAT?!”

“Stay here I’ll go get Nana and Riona.”

“No, don’t bother I’ll be here all night explaining it to them and then the spell will be over.  Just go downstairs and make sure the lights are down low.”

“Okay.” Dulcie said uncertainly.

 

She was only gone seconds before coming back.

“All the lights are out. They’re watching 30 Days of Night.”

“A vampire film, perfect.” I laughed sarcastically.  “C’mon, if I don’t like what I see I’m calling Riley.  If she’s clean I’m going to fake a migraine and you’re going to help me up to my bed, okay?”

“Right, good plan.” She said.

 

Fortunately I didn’t pass any of my other relatives on the way downstairs.  I spotted Brian in the kitchen filling a bowl with popcorn.  Like Dulcie he too was covered in little white lights.  I prepared myself for turning my gaze to Astrid in case she really was evil.  Instead of darkness there was those little white lights again.  She was completely clean unless my spell hadn’t worked.

“Oh my head.” My poor acting was enough to convince Dulcie.

“Are you okay, Bill?” Dulcie asked, playing along.

“No I think I need to go lie down.  I think I have a migraine.”

“Oh, you poor thing are you okay?” Astrid asked sweetly.

“No, I’m not well.” I replied.

“Go to bed, Bill, I’ll get you some aspirin and a glass of water.” Dulcie said directing me to the stairs.

“Thanks, DC.  Goodnight guys, hope you have a nice night.” I said to Brian and Astrid.

 

I ran back to my room, praying that nobody would see my eyes before the hour was up.  I went to my mirror next to my bed and was horrified by what I saw.  Just like Dulcie had described my eyes were completely white except for a little pinprick of black in the centre.  The hazel that surrounded my pupil was gone and the little black dot was far too small to be a human’s pupil.

 

I heard Dulcie’s hurried footsteps coming up the stairs before entering my room with a bottle of aspirin and a glass of water.

“So she’s cleared of all charges?” Dulcie asked excitedly.

“Looks like it.” I said sitting on my bed.

“So what does this mean?” Dulcie asked sitting down next to me.

“It doesn’t mean anything.  She’s good now but what’s to say she won’t change.  All we can do is keep an eye out.  Watch for strange behavior everywhere.  The prophet said a new evil is coming to town and Josephine said an old evil would rise again.  I want to check with Nana or Riona if they have a book or diary of some kind that’s kept track of all the evil beings Josephine fought when she was alive.”

“Well, you can’t speak to them just now or they’re going to freak out about your eyes.  You still have at least forty minutes so let’s finish our homework.”

“I’m still worried though.” I began.

“Worried about what?”

“Brian meeting Astrid and then inviting her back here.  He’s invited a vampire into my house that may or may not turn evil.  I have to find a way to rescind her invitation to this house.”

“I’m sure you’ll find a spell or if not Riley and his family must know a way to ban them.”

“How did they look before you came up here?” I asked.

“They were just watching a movie.  Don’t worry they weren’t snuggling or anything.”

“Well, I’m going to get her damn claws off him before the snuggling starts.  I mean what if she turns him?”

“Into a vampire?”

“Yeah, what if she turns him.  Riley said when people are turned into vampires they become Eve-Walkers but he and his family were born vampires so they are Sun Walkers.”

“Whoa, you’re thinking too far ahead here, Bill.  Let’s take one step at a time.  When your eyes are back to normal go to your secret room and look at the books.  If you can’t find what you’re looking for then speak to your aunt and then we can figure out what to do from there.” Dulcie said reasonably.

 

When the hour was up my vision went black and then white, just like when the spell had begun, and then my eyes went back to normal.  I snuck downstairs, through the kitchen and sneaked into the dining room to get to the secret room without being noticed by Brian or Astrid.  I closed the door as noiselessly as possible and proceeded to scan the books on the shelves for anything that could help me.  There were books on potions and charms amongst other things.  There were jars upon jars filled with the most disgusting things.  Frog eyes, bat wings and herbs that I’d never heard of before.  There were diaries that belonged to many witches that were now long dead but nothing that belonged to Josephine.  I flicked through pages of diaries that belonged to her children in hopes that they may have a record but nothing.  I gave up and snuck quietly out and headed to the loft to speak to my aunt.

 

When I walked into her room there was a large black cauldron sitting in the centre of the floor.  Riona was stirring a large wooden spoon in a bubbling elixir.

“What are you doing?” I asked.

“I am making a potion to reveal hidden evils.” She said simply.  “Nana got a call from Leonard Smith asking if we could find some way to show…”

“Hidden evils.” I finished for her.

“Yes.  So tomorrow I want you to take these,” She indicated some empty perfume bottles, “to Mr Smith and his family and keep one for yourself and Dulcie.  I’ve mixed the potion with lavender so people think it’s perfume.  If they’re good, nothing will happen, but if their bad their skin will sort of shine just for a second.”

“Wait, you want us to spray this stuff on kids at school?”

“Have you got any better ideas?” She asked sternly.

“Oh give me a break, Riona, I’m still learning.  I came here to find out if you know if Josephine kept a diary.  I want to know who she fought when she was still around.”

“She did keep a diary but I have it in Salem.  Rowanne and I will be leaving tomorrow so I’ll send it to you.  But I’ll have to be careful how I send it because it is very old and very valuable.”

“Great, thanks.”

“Help me out here.” She asked indicating the bottles once more.

 

When the elixir was hot it turned a deep purple but when taken off the heat, it turned crystal clear.  On closer examination I noticed that three of the bottles were men’s aftershave bottles.  I took one to Dulcie and put the rest in my school bag to give to the Smiths in the morning.

By the time Riona and I had finished cleaning up the cauldron Brian’s movie had finished and he had given Astrid a ride home.

 

I should’ve gone to bed but I had to stay up to make sure Brian came home.  Even though my spell confirmed Astrid was clean I was still on tenterhooks.  I still wasn’t sure if I could trust her or her siblings.  Brian returned safely home only five minutes later and thankfully I had no visitors in the middle of the night and was only woken when I heard Rowanne making her way down to the kitchen around midnight.  The last thing I saw before I fell asleep was the clear full moon uncluttered of clouds.

 

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