The Hidden Life of Rowena Foribe * NANOWRIMO 2017*

The life of a witch who had lived most of her life without knowing who or what she truly is. Upon walking into a classroom and getting a project she dives deep into her family history. Finding things that she didn't know and overhearing things that she shouldn't know about. Seeing things that she shouldn't. She is about to turn 15 years old and that is when the first sighs of a witch come out. She can choose to go with them and see where the journey will take her or she can be like her family and turn her back on the Goddess and magic and powers. Rowena is just a normal 14-year-old high school student. Slacking in a few classes but good on most of her classes. Rowena has a few friends but her best friend that she tells everything, Eva Flixnet, who is in most of her classes.

(I know NaNoWriMo is done but I will still be working somewhat on this book. It is also for my school. They want me to write a novella soI wrote for NaNoWriMo.I also made a new cover but it is being picky with me)


8. Dark Magic

A day after my mom started to watch everything I did she stopped. She told me that it was because she needed to go to work and she couldn't take me in with her. She always warned me not to do anything stupid and try out more magic as she called it. She would be sending someone over to check up on me to make sure that I was safe. I waved her goodbye at the door and watched her leave. I knew that this was going to be slightly tricky because she was good at hiding things, but I was going to find that book that she took from me. No matter what it took I had to get the book back, so that is what I did. 

When her car went all the way down the street and turned my smile faded and I almost ran to her room. I wanted to just tear the whole thing apart looking for this one book but held back, knowing that I wasn't going to be able to put everything back the way it was supposed to be in her room. Instead, I tried to feel my way around in by magic. I didn't care what I was told I was going to use magic, it made life easy. I went all around the room holding out my hand feeling for magic on something and found nothing. I was about to give up when something hit me. I could just look up how to find something lost and use that. My smile returned when I got into my room. My phone buzzed and I looked for a way to avoid it. I plopped down on my bed and yanked open my computer. I typed in the password and searched on a site for finding missing things. The first thing that came up was called 'dark magic spells for finding lost things'.  

I didn't know what it meant by dark so I memorized it and went into my mother's room. Chanting the spell five times the book made itself known very fast. It was hidden in a plastic bag in the toilet. I wouldn't have checked there in my life. I felt almost dizzy when I stood up but ignored the best I could. I grabbed the book and went to my room. I was going to hid this just a bit better than my mom. I seat down on my bed and got right back up. I forgot my notebook and pen on the desk. Swiping those off the desk I rushed back over to my bed and plopped down again. I opened the book on the first page and softly touching it the mixed jumbo of letters started to turn into a symbol with the words 'Book of Shadows' next to it. Opening to the first blank page in my notebook, I wrote at the top of the page 'Questions & Answers' then wrote down 'Book of Shadows?'. I went on for hours watching letters move around on pages like little people who are trying to dance. Spells, chants, runes, recipes, how to instructions, and so much more were in the book. I wrote down words that I didn't know. Some include types of magic, like dark and white, and elemental and candle. I was almost too happy about finding the book again. 

When I reached a stopping point I closed the book and opened my computer. Eva messaged me a bunch 


Eva – Wanna meet up again? 

Eva – Rowena? You there? 

Eva – Come on Rowena answer? 

Eva – Alright Rowena  dont answer then but I hope your doing something important. 

Eva – Please Rowena? Please answer. 

Eva – I can spam your phone you know. 

Rowena – Alright calm down. 

Eva – Thank god your alive. 

Rowena – fearing for my life now? Ha 

Eva – Well I heard something bad might have happened. 

Rowena – From who? 

Eva – A girl at school said that she saw you with a bunch of other people and they were beating you up.  

Rowena – What is her name Eva? 

Eva – I believe her name is Donna. 

Rowena – Well then go and tell Donna that she is mistaken. 

Eva – Will do. ...You seem off. 

Rowena – I shouldn't 

Eva – Uggg Can I just come over. 

Rowena – Sure.  


I looked up the words as I waited for Eva to get over here. Writing the answers next to the words that I didn't know, I was finished before I even hear Eva get here. I waited outside for her to come and when she final came I yanked her inside with this happy look on my face. Eva, who didn't have one clue about what was going on, went with it. I dragged her up the steps and into my room before I willed the door shut. Eva looked at it almost astonished but I waved it away.  

"You –you are never – ever going to believe what I am going to show you," I almost screamed in her ear. She was shocked about me being as happy as I was. I was never this happy around anyone but my camera. I showed Eva the book that I had found.  

"Great you found the book that the teacher gave you what about it?" She asked crossing her arms. 

"Not only this but my mom finally told me. I am a witch I was born into it. But she oppted out. On my 15th birthday if I don't use magic I lose it for good. If I do I am going to be a witch. I couldn't wait to tell you about it," I told Eva. 

"OKay. Take a breath," She pasused and waited for me to breath. "Good. And let it go," She paused and waited for me to do it again. " Good. Now I know you are excited but are you sure this is the right thing to do?" She asked me and looked really worried.  

"Are you with me or against me Eva? Magic. I can do freaking Magic," I told her my smile faded as she talked. She held her hands up. "Would you want to be a witch if you had found out that you could do this?" I asked her and fire flew into my hand. Her eyes got huge as she watched the flame danced. I closed my hand and the fire went out.  

She watched me for a moment before she put her hands on my shoulders and looked very deep into my eyes, "No Rowena. I really wouldn't want to be a witch if I could do that. It is not natural. And you don't even know if what you can do is good," She spoke softly and when she backed up and held her breath I felt like she was afraid of me somehow. 

"But- How- You confuse me Eva. First you are dragging me out to a shop that I didn't want to go to and now that I am truly understanding who and what I am you back out," I took a moment for that to sink in. "Maybe you should try to understand it from my point of view. How about a movie with some popcorn?" I asked and snapped my fingers. The T.V. was in my room and set up with a bowl of popcorn sitting on my bed. "Or how about we bake something. I know some great recipes would can try," I snapped my fingers again and the T.V. was gone and we were in the kitchen. Eva shook her head and everything was gone. She didn't like magic. "What's wrong with you?" I asked her accusingly. 

"First off I am your friend you don't ask me like that. And second, you're what's wrong. You have to control yourself otherwise you're not even going to do your work anymore. No more hard steps to get good grades or go to college You're just going to get whatever you want when you snap your fingers or say a spell or chant or whatever," She snapped back. I hadn't thought about that. I looked at her hurt and somewhat felt like I was a broken toy. "Rowena, I am so sorry. I didn't mean to sound like that. I was just pointing out what you didn't think of," She said and came up to hug me. I wanted to push her away but thought that was a bad idea.  

Eva and I walked back down to the T.V. and made popcorn and watched a movie. We watched the movie until I got a phone call on my cell.  

"yeah mom?" I answered 

"Um I know that I really shouldn't tell you this and leave this to your father but. I am going to have to go on a business trip so you are just going to be left with your father. Is that okay?" My mom asked me in a somewhat fearful and nervous voice. 

"Yeah sure It's fine," I said brushing it off. 

"Honey don't brush this off. Really this is important. You are going to have to spend some time with your father," She told me and I could almost see her brushing her hair back and looking like this was really important for her to tell me.  

"Yeah, I get it enjoy your trip mom," I said and hung up. Eva looked over at me and looked curious. I shrugged it off and started the movie up again. Eva and I never finished the movie and found ourselves in my room about to open the book again.  

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