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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25. Chapter Twenty-Five:

After speaking with her parents Lucinda had quickly ran upstairs to be alone with the book her father had given her. Annie's journal. Inside it would be all the answers to the questions Lucinda had buzzing around her brain. But did she really want the answers? That was the biggest questions she was harbouring. Did she want this responsibility? No, of course not but she couldn't ignore it or more people would be killed.

A soft knock on her door disturbed her from her thoughts and as the door opened she saw Brad standing there awkwardly. "I got your text." He said walking into her room and shutting the door behind him. As soon as Lucinda had left her parents she'd text Brad on the number he'd given her earlier to ask him to come over to her place. She needed as much of his help as she could get right now. "Thanks for coming." She told him smiling. 

Lucinda still couldn't believe she'd thought this guy was the one going around town killing people and now as he stood in front of her awkwardly she blushed. He wasn't a killer at all. "So you're parents told you about who you are?" Brad asked sitting down on the chair at Lucinda's study desk. Lucinda sat on the bed opposite him with the brown leather book filled with Annie's stories next to her. 

"Kind of. Most of what they told me was just an elaboration on the story you gave me but some of it was helpful." She told him. Their families were connected, she remembered. "What did they tell you?" Brad asked. He was hoping that they'd told her everything he couldn't. He wanted to tell her how their families were destined to be apart of each others lives forevermore but he hadn't wanted to sound weird. Something like that wouldn't have helped the stalker status she'd given him.

"They told me that the Bishop's grandson was the one who helped Annie with her powers and that he also happened to be your great-great-great-great-great grandfather." Lucinda told him. A rush of relief ran over Brad, they had told her what he couldn't. "They told me you're the one who is going to help me with my 'abilities' but they didn't say how." She added. "Yeah, I'm the one who has to help you release them." He told her. He still wasn't sure of his own abilities where that was concerned. He'd read and read about what he had to do and how he needed to do it but it still confused him. It was so complex and intricate and he knew if he made one mistake it could all go horribly wrong.

"So how exactly are you going to do that?" Lucinda asked dubiously. She knew from experience it took months if not years to learn a specific skill and people had already died. She didn't exactly have that kind of time to play with. "It's like a ritual. It's all prayers and magic words and then poof your power is released." He made it seem so simple when it reality he wasn't even sure he could do it.

"Poof? Just like that?" Lucinda wasn't so sure. She knew it had to be harder than that. "Well no but it's ok, we can do it." He told her. He tried to make sure he sounded as convincing as possible, he didn't want to knock her confidence. He just needed to believe that he could do it. After all his family had been doing this for centuries. 

"So who are you really then? Surely you can tell me now?" Lucinda asked. Brad smiled looking at his feet he knew he had to tell her now, he had no choice. "Ok fine I'll tell you." He began, "so you already know my connection to you is through the Bishop who first brought your family to Bishop's Green. Well there's a part of the story missing from the book I gave you. It's the story about my family." Lucinda nodded along as he spoke. "His name was Bishop Thomas and he was the only living member of his family, he was old and lonely. He'd had no wife and no children and had devoted his entire life to the cloth. He was a very religious man, everyone was religious in those days. When he'd found out about the ivy witch his religion wavered a bit as he was sure God wouldn't allow something that evil to be put upon the town he loved. So he prayed to his God and asked for a miracle. Part of that miracle was the Marcs family but the other part was a family of his own. He met a beautiful woman and they were married and they were blessed with three children, all boys. Lucas, Benjamin and Johnathan." Brad explained. Lucinda enjoyed listening to his voice as he spoke about his ancestors. He seemed to be enjoying this story as much as she was. 

"Annie hadn't even been born yet when her family moved to Bishop's Green and it wasn't until seventy years later when the witch was resurrected that the family realised their power." Brad explained. "Annie was seventeen when the was resurrected and the Bishop had died years before leaving it to his Grandson to help her out."

"Yikes," Lucinda said eyes widened. 

"The Bishop had spent the rest of his life studying the dark arts and black magic teaching his children and his wife about it to ensure they would be safe if the witch ever did come back. When he died he made his family promise to keep the belief and pass down their knowledge of the evil curse through the family line. Two weeks after the witch was resurrected and three people had already been found dead Annie went to the church to pray. There she met Bishop Thomas, the original miracle Bishop's Grandson and she confided in him about nightmares she'd been having about a dark figure in the woods and the three townspeople who had died. It was then Thomas realised this was the miracle his family had always talked about. The young girl praying to God for release from these nightmares was in fact the one person who could save the town." 

"Thomas tried to convince the girl that her nightmares were a warning sign and that she could help rid the town of this evil but she didn't believe him and she thought he was crazy. Until she had the one nightmare that supposedly changed everything. Her dream showed her confronting the witch and defeating her in the woods. It showed her using her powers that had been laying dormant inside of her. She went back to Thomas and told him about her dream now believing him and wanting to help her town. Thomas showed Annie everything he'd been taught over the years about dark magic to try and help her find that power deep inside of her. But nothing helped. No matter how much she read and how much she practised she couldn't conjure her powers."

Lucinda listened as Brad told her about his family's history. She hadn't expected it to be so in depth and she was silently glad she wasn't the first Marcs to go through this. She was glad to have someone like Brad who could guide her and help her. 

"It wasn't until she realised she was reading about black magic and maybe she needed something lighter. After all if she was going to have to fight a force of evil she needed the light on her side. So she prayed and she begged for the good inside of her to be released so she could defend her town and stop people from dying. She spent days praying but it felt like she was being ignored until Thomas came to her in a state of panic a few days later. He'd had a dream of his own. He believed God had showed him how to open up her powers and that it was him who needed to do it. He begged her to let him try telling her that if his dream was true then he could help and she could finally save her town. She wasn't sure but she knew she had to at least try."

"I'm guessing it worked?" Lucinda asked. 

Brad nodded before continuing, "He released her powers and she was able to defeat the witch. They both promised to write down what had happened and pass it down their family lines. So that if and when it happened again their families would be ready." Brad finished. He then pulled out a black leather bound book from his bag and said, "this is Bishop Thomas' journal." 

Lucinda smiled and held up the brown book beside her, "this is Annie's." 

"We should probably get to work then." Brad said. Lucinda nodded. 

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