The Haunted

"Oh Lucinda, if you think this has a happy ending, then you haven't been paying attention." She smirked amused by Lucinda's sense of optimism.

Something has come back to Bishops Green. Something that wants to kill. Something unworldly.
Sixteen year old Lucinda Marcs is cute, fun and looking forward to the start of her Junior year of High School. But little does she know that something evil has made it's way into Bishop's Green, her quaint, seemingly normal town where nothing ever happened.
And when Lucinda finds herself caught up in the mess it's up to her to figure out how to get rid of this evil for good.
But what happens when her best friend becomes a target? Will she be able to save her? Or will she fall with her?

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28. Chapter Twenty-Eight:

The ground had ceased its shaking as the witch stared Lucinda down. Lucinda didn't know what she was supposed to do or say but it was clear the witch was making her moves to initiate a battle. Was she really going to fight her and potentially kill her? 

"What do you want?" Lucinda repeated her question from earlier looking for a different answer. The witch rolled her eyes before saying, "Lucinda you're so naive." She smirked at the young girl in front of her. Though Marissa had been around for hundreds of years she still looked like the same innocent girl she'd been when she'd sold her soul to the devil. Besides her soulless eyes.

"What makes you say that?" Lucinda asked curiously. "Because I was you Lucinda." the witch told her. Lucinda was a bit taken aback by her comment, she didn't want to think a broken heart could lead her to being so evil. "So you were naive?" Lucinda asked turning Marissa's insult on her. The witch chuckled, "are you trying to distract me or stall my attempts to kill you Lucinda?" She replied.

"No, I just wanted to know." Lucinda replied. Lucinda was curious about this young woman and genuinely wanted to know why exactly she'd felt the need to wreak havoc on a town for so many years. 

"Knowing isn't going to stop me from tearing apart everything you love." Marissa told her grinning wickedly. Before Lucinda could answer the people beside Marissa returned to shadows and disappeared into thin air. "I won't make the same mistakes again." The witch told her as she stepped forward closer to Lucinda. She reached her hand up and grabbed the teenagers throat clamping her hand around it. Lucinda could feel the witches nails digging deeply into her skin almost drawing blood as she struggled for breath.

"You are unimaginably weak Lucinda." the witch smiled. "That's why it makes this so easy." She threw Lucinda to the ground and turned away from her. Lucinda gasped for breath as her vision blurred. 

"What do you want?" Lucinda repeated as she hauled herself up off the floor. "To end you." Marissa said. Marissa's entire body lit up brightly as her magic poured out of her. Lucinda had to cover her eyes from the light as it washed over the clearing. 

When Lucinda was sure her power had dimmed she move her hand away from her face and gasped. The witch had them. In front of her the witch held Poppy and Brad. They were knelt on the floor in front of her with gags covering their mouths and their hands tied behind their backs. Lucinda could see the fear emitting from Poppy's eyes and anger boiled inside of her. Then as she looked over at Brad she saw something else. Hope? He believed she could do this. 

"What's your play now? Huh Lucinda? Think you can kill me through your friends." Marissa evilly chuckled. "Let them go." Lucinda angrily said through gritted teeth. The warmth inside of her was getting hotter as it flowed through her entire being. She felt it coursing through her like a giant surge of electricity.

"And why would I do that?" She smirked amused. The witch grabbed onto both Poppy's and Brad's hair pulling it backwards so they looked up to the night sky. Lucinda heard the grunts of protest from her friends and her heart ached to help them. She couldn't let that witch get away with this.

"This is between you and I." Lucinda shouted desperate for the witch to leave her friends alone. "Let them go." She repeated. Marissa laughed and forcefully threw Poppy and Brad to the ground. She walked between them over to Lucinda and stood right in front of her.

"You really are a stubborn one aren't you?" Marissa said. "I tried so hard to falter you and it almost worked." Lucinda knew she meant the dreams. Marissa had tried to make her go insane from her bad dreams to weaken her and she was right it had almost worked.

"Oh Lucinda, if you think this has a happy ending, then you haven't been paying attention." Marissa taunted grinning widely.

"You made it so easy for me too." Marissa smirked, "You already had doubts about him so all I had to do was apply pressure." She winked and turned to look at Brad. Lucinda gasped softly realising why she'd been seeing Brad in her dreams. Marissa had put him there to turn her against him. And it had worked. 

Marissa walked back over to the two teenagers she held captive and pressed her foot heavily down on Brad's side looking down at him smiling. "Oh you made it so easy for me to make you hate him." She giggled. Brad looked over at Lucinda clearly in pain. "Leave him alone." Lucinda shouted. Marissa removed her foot from Brad and stood proudly in between him and Poppy staring at Lucinda.

Lucinda could see tears running down Poppy's cheeks and she couldn't take it anymore. She had to try and help her friends before it was too late. Though she hadn't read the book properly and she didn't really have a clue what she was doing she felt something deep inside of her. Something that could help her fight this battle.

Without thinking Lucinda rushed towards the witch and pushed her backwards away from Poppy and Brad. The witch fell backwards onto the dirt and Lucinda pushed Brad and Poppy away hoping they'd get the idea and run off as she faced the witch prepared to end this.

"You think you can win this but you can't. Not this time." Marissa taunted from her position beneath Lucinda. Lucinda remembered what Marissa had said to her when she'd come into the woods. How she looked different than the other Marcs she had faced and how she was stronger. She could do this.

"I'm not about to let you hurt my friends or anyone else in this town." Lucinda said. She closed her eyes and focused on the warm ball of energy that was coursing through her. She focused it up her stomach, along her arms and into her hands. The feeling was intense and she knew she only had one shot at getting this right.

"You can't win." She heard the shadows whisper around her and tried her best to ignore it. She didn't need to pay attention to them she needed to focus on her power. She heard a short, harsh whimper coming from behind her and realised it was Poppy. Her anger grew more intense as she realised how scared her best friend really was. She couldn't let this witch get away with hurting Poppy.

She opened her eyes and the witch widened her own eyes as she saw the power glowing from Lucinda's entire body. It wasn't just her eyes that were sparkling it was her whole body. The power was surging inside of her and beaming to the surface. The silver shine emitted deep from within her and shone a light across the woods. 

Marissa knew this Marcs was stronger than any of the others she'd faced before. In one last attempt to falter her fight she pulled herself off the ground and said, "You may glow with the power of a Marcs but I know doubt when I see it." Lucinda couldn't deny the witches words. She was riddled with doubt but she also knew they were definitely going to lose if she didn't try.

Lucinda could feel the energy collected at her fingertips. It was happening now, she thought. "I never thought it had a happy ending..." She said answering Marissa's previous words, "for you at least." Lucinda finished.

Before Marissa could fight back waves of bright buzzing energy soared out of Lucinda's hands directed at the witch. The burning energy powered into Marissa's chest striking her with pain and strife. Marissa felt the power seep inside of her toward her core where it attacked her from the inside. Lucinda watched as she fell and began writhing around on the ground screaming from the pain. She hadn't expected it to work so quickly or be so powerful.

Lucinda let her hands fall to her sides as Marissa gasped heavily for breath. It was clear to Lucinda her power wasn't killing the witch but it was hurting her and maybe a few more strikes could take her out.

She lifted her hands again to hit her but stopped when she saw Marissa rising from the ground. Her moans of pain had stopped and she was angry. Marissa stared at the young girl before her as the pain slowly died inside of her. She had to end her before she fought harder. 

Marissa lifted her hands in front of her and produced a burning ball of fire in her hands. Lucinda's eyes widened having not expected this. But she quickly remembered Brad's words in the crypt. Begging for the power of earth,air, fire and water. Maybe Lucinda could use this to her advantage. She had to try.

She lifted her hands over the witches before she could fight and closed them down over the ball of fire. She felt a burning sensation and slight pain as the fire crushed to mere ash underneath her palms. Marissa looked up in shock at Lucinda. She now knew why the young girl looked so different from any other Marcs family member she'd faced before. She didn't just have the power of energy the others had, she had more power than anyone could possibly imagine. 

"You..." Marissa whispered unable to form any coherent sentences. She'd known it was possible but hadn't imagined one of them would be able to conjure that much power inside of them.

A sharp wind began to howl around Lucinda's body as the leaves and dirt beneath her began to shake. Lucinda wasn't sure if it was her or Marissa causing the fervent wind around them but she knew she had to fight against it to get to Marissa. The witch stood stunned in front of Lucinda unable to make any fighting moves, she knew she couldn't win and as she stood before the powerful being she felt a calming feeling rush over her.

Go for her heart... 

Lucinda heard whispers around her telling her to attack the witches heart. She looked beside her to see white shadows standing with her smiling. Alanna, Kyle and Gemma, she realised as she looked over the spirits faces. They were here with her. And she knew she had to finish this not just for the living but for the fallen. 

She gulped harshly before she advanced on Marissa. Holding her hands out in front of her she placed them firmly over the witches heart. She looked up into the witches empty eyes and softly said, "no more." before plunging her hands deep into her chest. She felt the beating heart beneath her fingers and before she could think about what she was doing she ripped it from her chest.

Her hands were red, covered in her blood and her palm held onto the unusually black heart. It had stopped beating and merely laid quietly in Lucinda's hand. A sharp gasp drew Lucinda's attention to the witch in front of her. 

The witch was staring at her tears falling from her eyes and the spirits of Lucinda's fallen classmates had disappeared. Marissa's hands clutched onto her chest as if her heart was still in there and as Lucinda stared at her she saw her eyes changing. They were no longer empty black voids but a beautiful golden brown that complimented her fair complexion. 

Tears streamed down Marissa's cheeks as she looked over the dead heart in Lucinda's hand. 

Her heart wasn't the ripe red it should've been it was completely black and soulless just like she was. She had sold her soul to the underworld when she'd been cast away by her lover and this was all she had left of that love she once held. Lucinda almost felt sorry for her as the once powerful witch returned to the vulnerable teenager who'd fallen in love with the wrong man.

"Crush it." Marissa whispered. Lucinda knew what would happen when she did. As soon as she crushed it the witch would be gone. Though she wasn't sure if it meant she was gone forever or just until she was next resurrected. 

"Do it." Marissa forced staring at Lucinda intently. Lucinda nodded before she closed her palm around the black heart and forced it into itself in her hand. Marissa gasped in pain as her heart was crushed in between Lucinda's tiny fingers and as it turned to ash the dark witch in front of Lucinda began to fade.

Lucinda was sure she could see a glimmer of a smile as Marissa finally vanished into thin air and the heart that was once in her hand was now a pile of ash. The wind had stopped completely leaving Lucinda's hair looking very dishevelled and as she looked down at her hand she noticed the blood stains had disappeared.

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