Voodoo in today's culture is still
looked upon as dark magic steeped in stories of voodoo dolls,
spells, and zombies. Voodoo however is not a dark cult but a
practice which has grown into an organized and accepted form of
religion. Followers of Voodoo in Louisiana believe in one God who
does not interfere with their day to day lives. He is there
though to grant favors and answer prayers. The mambo or priestess
is the main religious leader recognized by the followers of
voodoo. The mambo conducts ceremonies and calls upon the spirits
to aid members of the congregation. Amulets of protection which
are called gris gris are still used by modern day practitioners
of the voodoo faith. Voodoo dolls are also used but they are
constructed to offer protection, healing, and wealth.
There are always those people in
any religion who look to use their power as religious leaders to
distort and control people by less than spiritual means. These
people practice a dark type of magic from which the leader can
draw great power.
This is the story of Adeline Gaudet
and her twin daughters Delphine and Gabrielle. In my story
Adeline Gaudet holds the position of mambo or priestess in a
small community contained within the French Quarter of New
Orleans, Louisiana. She was awarded this honor after her mother
tried to sway her followers to a darker religion. Once Adeline's
mother was exposed for the evil creature, which she was, Adeline
became the new mambo. Adeline's mother was sent into exile and
banished from the small community.
They were born to Adeline Gaudet on
Christmas Eve. Her pregnancy had been difficult and Adeline was
in hard labor for over twenty four hours. Adeline's husband Louie
had died three months before of some strange disease the doctors
had tried hard to diagnosis and treat. They had failed miserably.
Adeline suspected her mother had a hand in her husband's death,
but she could never prove it. Now all Adeline had left of him
were the two babies she was about to deliver. All of Adeline's
followers kept vigil that night for she was their priestess.
Adeline held the highest honor that could be bestowed on anyone
that was a member of the voodoo religion. Adeline after suffering
the pains of childbirth brought forth twin girls. The midwife
thought at first they were identical, but on closer examination
found one of the girls had blue eyes while the other's eyes were
black as coal.
"No good magic here!" the midwife
exclaimed as she washed each of the babies and handed them to
"Nonsense Marie," Adeline replied
smiling at her children, "they are perfection. There is no bad
She named the girls Delphine and
Gabrielle. Delphine had dark eyes almost the color of a moonless
sky and Gabrielle had eyes the color of clear water. Adeline
blessed each of her children and crooned to them. The midwife
took her leave and walked out to pass the news along to the
anxious followers that their mambo was fine and so were the
babies. A cheer went up as the word reached them and a
celebration ensued to give thanks and praise to the
The celebration carried on until
well into the night. Adeline after nursing and rocking her
daughters to sleep soon slept herself. This particular night her
sleep would not be a restive one.
A sound of thunder woke Adeline
from her sleep. The skies had opened wide and brought forth a
bounty of rain and wind. Marie had gone home for the evening and
Adeline heard a thumping sound coming from the far end of her
bedroom. Cautiously she arose, curious to see what the sound was.
A shadow stood at the open window peering at the infants as they
slept in their cradle.
"So!" a familiar voice said
harshly, "You've given birth have you?"
"Mother," Adeline replied to the
shadow, "What are you doing here? Did I not tell you that you are
not welcome here?"
"I came to see my granddaughters,"
"Well you have seen them," Adeline
answered coldly, "now you can leave."
"You forget so quickly, girl,"
Adeline's mother croaked, "you would not be where you are today
if not for me and the power I passed on to you."
"No, mother," Adeline said shaking
her head, "you misused your magic and lost your place as mambo.
It was not my fault you chose to use your gift performing black
Adeline's mother stood transfixed
in the pouring rain peering in at the twin girls. She seemed to
focus most of her attention on Delphine. Adeline could see a look
of adoration or awe on her mother's face as she watched Delphine
sleeping. A cold chill ran up Adeline's back and she moved to the
window to fasten it.
"You should give me the one with
the black eyes," Adeline's mother said almost insistently, "she
belongs to the dark side and needs to be with me. You owe me that
child for what you and the others did to me."
"No mother," Adeline answered
without hesitation, "they are both good girls and will stay here
with me. They will not become a part of your plans for power and
With this Adeline closed the window
and latched it tight. She walked quietly over to her sleeping
children and kissed them lightly on the forehead. Adeline would
work on charms of protection for her girls in the morning. As she
made her way back to bed the wind began to howl and her bedroom
window began to shake unsteadily. She could hear an evil cackling
sound as her mother made her way back to the tiny house which sat
on the outskirts of the community.