Just A Legend

Roberta 'Bobbie' Rowe is not the kind of person who believes in ghosts. A Halloween dare at her ridiculously spooky boarding school is no big deal, especially when her best friend Naya and cute local boy Caine agree to join in too. They are ordered to summon the legendary ghost of Bloody Mary: say her name five times in front of a candlelit mirror, and she shall appear... But, surprise surprise, nothing happens. Or does it?
Next morning, Bobbie finds a message on her bathroom mirror - five days - but what does it mean? And who left it there? Things get increasingly weird and more terrifying for Bobbie and Naya, until it becomes all too clear that Bloody Mary was indeed called from the afterlife that night, and she is definitely not a friendly ghost. Bobbie, Naya and Caine are now in a race against time before their five days are up and Mary comes for them, as she has come for countless others before... A truly spine-chilling yet witty horror from shortlisted 'Queen of Teen' author


5. November 5th: The Possession: Part One.

     Bobbie, Naya, and Caine could finally think for themselves. They could finally think straight. The three sat together in a small circle, trying to figure out what they had been through over the last ninety-six hours, and what it all meant.
     Hours had passed until they reached a verdict, and the verdict stood guilty as charged: either they were being beguiled by whomever dared them that Halloween night, or the legend about Bloody Mary was real. After contemplating and discussing the beguilement for a while, they decided that it wasn't plausible, seeing that the voices were in their head, not their surroundings.
     They had hoped that they were being tricked by their classmates, but unfortunately, they were not. Blood Mary was real, and they would not live to be able to say those words again.


     They had spent hour after hour researching the legend behind Bloody Mary and how she gained her name.
     Mary Tudor was the daughter of Henry VIII, and the queen of England and Ireland from July 1553 to December 1558, when she died. While in rule, she proposed to make England's nation Roman Catholic again, and killed anyone who opposed her, gaining the name Bloody Mary.
     Legend says that if you stand in front of a mirror, lit by only a candle, and chant her name multiple times, she will appear. Bloody Mary can be benign or malevolent based on its historical origins and story basis. It was said that she would mostly be summoned by women, who wanted to know their future. Along with their reflection, their future husband would appear. However, a skull, or sometimes the Grim Reaper, would appear, indicating death before marriage.
     Most witnessed occurrences have known to be malevolent. When called upon, Bloody Mary would appear as either a corpse, a witch, or a ghost, usually drenched in blood. If summoned properly, she would scream at the victims, curse them, strangle them, scratch their eyes out, drink their blood, and even steal their souls.
     After reading every bit of research the three friends could find, they had become frightened. Bloody Mary was indeed real.
     And she was definitely summoned correctly.

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