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

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

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


15. The Compass

Dulcie and I ran to the nearest bathroom and locked it after making sure there were no students in the cubicles.

“Why are we here?” Dulcie asked.

“Mirrors are the easiest way for me to communicate with Josephine.” I said turning to the nearest one.

And there she was at once, still in the same scarlet dress she said, “It’s started.”  Tears were rolling over her lashes and down her cheeks.

“What’s started?” I asked.

“People have gone missing in the past few weeks and now one of your friends has turned up dead.  Am I correct?” Josephine asked sniffing.


“This is how it started last time.”

“We think it’s the new Sun-Walkers that have moved to town quite recently.” Dulcie added.

“You can see her?” I asked.

“No, all I see is you having a two sided conversation with yourself but I can feel her.”  She said.  “Like this morning when I knew Riley was hiding in your room, I could feel him, too.”

“How many of them came?” Josephine asked.

“Three.  Two girls, Desiree and Astrid Moon and their brother Christian Hart.”  Josephine gasped at the name ‘Moon’.  “Does that mean something?”

She ignored me.  “They would only need a couple of humans to turn themselves.  Am I guessing correctly when I say more than two humans have gone missing?”

“Yes, Eve hadn’t gone missing, though, she turned up dead this morning.” I explained

“No other deaths as far as you are aware?”

“None.” I said.

“They are taunting you.  They chose your friend specifically because she is your friend.  None of the humans are important to them, they may choose randomly but most likely, they will choose those who you love.”

“Then they have been watching us.  Probably for months.” Dulcie said.

“Brian.  Astrid asked Brian to run away with her.  Does that mean anything to you?” I asked Josephine.

“No, that doesn’t make sense unless her intentions are to turn him.”

“Over my dead body.”

“We can’t be certain that these are your enemies quite yet.”  Josephine said dabbing a handkerchief under her eyes.  “You need to find those whom were stolen.  This,” she said lifting her hand to reveal an old silver compass with an opal face, “this will guide you to where they are.  Just think of who you want to search for and instruct it wisely.  You’re friend,” Josephine nodded at Dulcie, “if she can sense me then she can sense them also.”

“I can’t sense them if they’re dead, though.” Dulcie added.

“No matter,” Josephine said, “the compass will guide you and if your friend can’t sense them, once you’ve reached your destination, then you’ll know that the compass has led you to their final resting place.”

“Oh, fudge!” Dulcie blurted Eve’s favourite non-swear word.

“How do I get the compass?” I asked turning back to Josephine.

She looked back at me indignantly, “It’s in your hand, Billie.”


I looked down and there it was sitting in my palm.

“You have to go now.  Start your search while you may still have a chance to save the lives of those kidnapped.”  Josephine said ignoring Dulcie’s outburst.  “Go now!” She said urgently.

“First we need to go to the assembly to make sure the-could-be-killers are there.” I said.  “I saw them this morning but that doesn’t necessarily mean they didn’t leave again.”

“Well, hurry, but I must leave you now.” Josephine said and without much further ado she vanished.

“Let’s go.” I said to Dulcie unlocking the door with a flick of my hand.  “We need to get to the assembly hall.” I said grabbing her hand once more.


We ran down corridor after corridor before hearing Leonard’s silky voice amplified over the big speakers.  He’d quite clearly given the bad news already as we could hear crying when we rounded the corner and came to a stop in front of the big oak doors.

“Scan the crowd.  If they are in there then we’ve got the all clear.  Don’t let them see you, though, and don’t let Riley and his family see you either.  We have to do this alone.”

“What if we get in trouble?” Dulcie asked as we searched the crowd through the glass panels in the oak door.

“I’ll teleport us away from harm.” Dulcie nodded.


After a few minutes of browsing Dulcie finally said, “They’re all together in the third row from the front, right in the middle.”

“Great.  At least if the compass leads us to their house we know they won’t be there.”

The words were barely out of my mouth when we heard Leonard say, “Dismissed for the remainder of the day” followed by the sounds of chairs scraping off the linoleum floor.

“Did he just dismiss the rest of the school day?” Dulcie hissed at me.

“That idiot!”  I thumped the wall.  “We haven’t got much time.” I said pulling Dulcie into an empty classroom.


I pulled the magical compass, which Josephine somehow sent to me through the mirror, from my pocket and spoke to it in a whisper.  “We need to find those that have, lately, been kidnapped in our town.”

The North, South, East and West on the opal face of the compass vanished and were replaced with ‘Teleport S/W to’ written all around the outer circle and ‘Baldwin Boulevard’ written on the little compass hand.

“What does S/W mean?” Dulcie asked.

The little compass hand spun around and then pointed in the direction we were to head.  “South West.” I answered.

I took hold of Dulcie’s hand and teleported to where the compass had directed us.  When we arrived south west on Baldwin Boulevard the compass cleared the writing once more before replacing it with ‘South on Baldwin Boulevard’.  Teleporting south about twenty yards the compass wrote again ‘West on Small Street’ and then ‘South to Emerald Court’ before finally writing ‘Destination reached at number 7.’  The compass had led us to Astrid’s house.

“It’s kind of like a magical SatNav.” Dulcie said as I pocketed the compass.

“I don’t see their car anywhere so we’ve clearly beat them here.” I said peering through the iron gates.  “Can you feel anyone?” I asked Dulcie.

Dulcie placed her fingers to her temples after taking a step closer to the gates.

“There are two, I think.  It’s a little hazy.  May be they’re sleeping.” she suggested.

“There’s four missing, Dulcie.  Miss Berry, Lois, Malcolm and that other girl from your squad.”

“I can only sense two.  One is definitely Malcolm, I recognise his pattern.  We dated for a while last year.”

“Shall we try to get to them?” I asked.

“What if they get here before we get out?”

“Teleport.” I answered shrugging my shoulders.


Dulcie sighed before giving me her hand.  I imagined myself standing on the other side of these gates before I blinked.  Just when I thought it was safe I felt myself being thrown back.  Dulcie and I had been sent flying when I was halfway through my teleport.

“What was that?  Some kind of force field around the gates do you think?” Dulcie said standing up and dusting herself off.

“No, someone has cast a spell over these gates.  They were expecting a teleporter to come through them.  Leonard’s right, someone’s been watching us for some time now.” I said coming to my feet.

“Car!” Dulcie said yanking on my arm.  “Someone’s coming.”

We ran and hid behind some plants and bushes on the little circle separating Emerald Court from Small Street.  “I can only feel one person in the car.” Dulcie said.

“Where are the other two?” I asked.


I was about to peak over the bush in front of me to see who was in the car when I felt myself getting pulled forward.  My head swam and I started to see in double vision, only what I saw was me standing next to the big iron gates, that we’d just tried to teleport through, and another me back at the bushes next to Dulcie, who was looking more than a little freaked out.  I took the opportunity to find out who was in the car and used it.  I felt myself being pulled backwards and my vision returned to normal.

“Christian.” I said gulping air.  “Christian is in the car.” I said as I got my bearings.

“What was that?” Dulcie frantically whispered.

“Astral projection, only this time I didn’t pass out at this end of it.”

“Is that normal for a witch?”


“Where do you think Astrid and Desiree are?  Should we go find them?” She asked.

“No, we can’t.  Aren’t you forgetting something?”


“Laura, your aunt, moves today.”

“Oh.” She said looking sad.

“Come on I’ll take you to her but don’t tell her what’s going on.”

“Why not?”

“Do you want her to stick around and get caught up in all of this?” I asked Dulcie.

“No, you’re right.”

“I have to go back to school and get my car first.  I’ll teleport us to the parking lot and then drive us to Laura’s.”


As I stood I saw Desiree’s car parked on the little slope next to their water fountain.  The license plate read, ‘Moon’.  Then and there a hundred questions sprang to mind.  Why had the sisters changed their name to Moon?  What was the reason behind it and why did Christian not bother to find out?  Could it be that he was being controlled unbeknownst to himself?  And could it be possible that Josephine had come across this name before?  Whatever it may be I had a mystery to solve and soon.

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