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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: Booksie Classic

Submitted: October 05, 2019

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Submitted: October 05, 2019

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Prologue

It was my 22nd birthday. My 10th birthday without my dad. I missed him so much. He was as funny as a clown and as stubborn as a mule. People say I get that from him. I really wish I hadn’t, though. Every time I look in the mirror, I see a little bit of him in me. Little did I know that I would see a whole lot of him the next day…

 

Part One

Ding Dong! The doorbell rang out a loud, annoying sound. I hurried to the door. My boyfriend, James was supposed to be coming over. It was our two-year anniversary! When I opened the door I was greeted with the most adorable thing ever! “Hey there, Anna.”

“Well hello stranger. Come inside, it’s raining cats and dogs out there”

“Don’t mind if I do.”

He took off his coat, hung it up, and then took off his muddy boots. I led him into the living room. I had recently cleaned it and was very surprised by it. I’m usually as slow as a turtle when it comes to cleaning. 

“I have something for you,” I went behind the counter and grabbed a box, “you’re going to love it!”

“I will?”

“Yes!”

I sat there nervously, fighting with the seam of my jeans. I bought him a watch that he had been wanting for weeks. 

“Is this what I think it is?”

“Uh huh.” I nodded my head as a smile crept across my face. 

“Thank you so much!” He stood up, grabbed me by the waist, add spun me around the room. Finally, he set me down and kissed me on the cheek.

“I’m glad you like it.” 

“I don’t like it, I love it!” 

“It took me a while to convince myself to walk into the store. Every single time I go, the owner always talks about how I look like my dad…”

“Hey,” he took my hand in his, “you don’t have to be ashamed of that. Your dad, he-” James was interrupted by a loud knock on the door. Thud, thud, thud.

 “Were you expecting company?”

“No, I wasn’t. Just you.” 

“That’s odd.”

I walked to the door and cautiously opened it. Immediately, I was overwhelmed with shock. Standing there, dripping wet in the cold, was my father. The man who had abandoned me.
“What-I-I-”

“Hello, Anna.”

“Sir, you need to leave,” James stepped in front of me and put his hand on the door.

“I can’t, not yet. I need her help.”

“No, you don’t,” I said, finally finding my voice, “you don’t need me. You just want me to do you a favor and then leave...again. Without any goodbye.”

“It’s not what you think. Your mother, she made me go.”

“Because you were a drunken mess! She wanted to protect her family from you! From someone who was going to hurt all of us!”

“No, I was protecting all of you.”

“How? By wasting all of our money on useless things or by losing your job? Oh, and how could I forget when I saw you and mom fighting and you hit her! You are a psycho maniac and I don’t want to see you ever again. Just leave!”

James turned to me, “I’ll take care of this, go lay down.”

“No, it’s my father. I can handle him. My stubborness is something that I get from him.”

“Anna, I don’t want you to get hurt.”

“It’s too late for that, but it’s going to end. Please, just go sit down.” James walked away tentatively, glancing back a few times.

“I’ve missed you.”

“No you haven’t, cut the act. What do you want?”
“Anna, you can’t possibly think that I haven’t missed you, you’re my child.”

“Who you left when I was 12.”

“I had to go. Partly because of what you said, but also because of your mother.”

“Ha, sure it is.”

“It’s true, your mom, she received a letter from Queen Lilithia.”

“Pshhh, Queen? Yeah, sure. You know, you should have just told me the truth.” I went to shut the door, but my dad stopped me and walked inside of my house.”

“I did. Lilithia is my mom. Queen Lilithia.”

“Your mom is Kristin. Gram Kris.”

“That’s my foster mom. My biological mom is the queen of a different land called Corrinston.”

“I don’t believe you.”

He grabbed my arm and wouldn’t let go. “You have to. I have proof. Your boyfriend, James.”
“What about him?”
“He’s my spy. He is from Corrinston and I sent him to look after my witch.”

“Witch? What? No! Leave James out of this and stop trying to get into my head!”

“I’m just trying to tell you the truth. I realize that it’s complicated and hard to understand, but you are a witch.”

“No, I’m not. Witches have powers and stuff. And they are extremely creepy.”

“You can’t see it, but you are one. You are the exact description of one.”

“Oh yeah? Is that why mom made you leave?”

“No, she found out that I was a warlock that had been banished because I had fallen in love with a mortal.”

“Mortal?”
“Your mother.”

“That doesn’t even make sense. If you are the son to a queen that would make you a prince, not a warlock. And i would be a princess, not a witch. But that would only be true if this whole thing wasn’t one big lie. I’m getting James and we’re leaving.”

“You can’t leave yet.” James said, in an unusual voice. “Queen Lilithia needs to see the both of you. She has your house ready, Anna.”

“James? What- This can’t be happening!” I exclaimed. “I have a house. We’re in it, right now.”

“Not your immortal house,” James looked me dead in the eyes, “You are half mortal here, but in Corrinston you are immortal.”

“No I’m not.That’s not a real place and I’m dreaming right now.”

“You’re not dreaming, I can see dreams.”

“Wait, did you ever like me?”

“It’s my duty to protect you.”

“That’s not what I asked. You don’t. You never did.” I turned towards my father,steam was coming out of my ears! “You’ve ruined my life. Again! I didn’t think that that was even possible. Now I’ve basically wasted two whole years of my life”

“Anna, you’re immortal, two years...it doesn’t really matter in the long run.”

“Dad,I can’t even think straight right now. I don’t know if I should kick you out, or James. Or both!”

“Listen, let your dad take you to Corrinston and you can decide for yourself if you want to be apart of his life or not. And I will never ever go near you again.”

After a lot of concentration, I decided that things couldn’t possibly get worse. “Fine, I’ll go. But I just want you to know that you caused me so much pain today.” With that, I walked out the door, my dad trailing behind me, and James standing in the door frame.

 

Part Two

“What are we doing at the Library?”

“We have to go ask Sophie for a specific key.”

“A key? So you’re saying that we just go to a door and Corrisnton is on the other side.”

“Not exactly. You get the key to unlock a room full of hidden books. Inside the books are places in Corrinston. The room is very huge, but I know where your house is.”

“That’s a lot to do to just get there.Couldn’t we just take a taxi?”
“No, that’s not how this works.”
“Fine then.”

We got the key from Sophie and unlocked the door. It was amazing. There were rows upon rows of books. Some looked very old and worn, while others looked brand new. 

“Wow,” I whispered, “This is crazy.”

“I know, but we have to hurry. Your house is right over there.” 

“The purple and black book? With a skull on it?”
“Yes, that’s the one. I think it’s a perfect fit for a witch like you.”

“Uh huh, sure.” I picked up the book and opened it. Almost immediately I was standing in a very creepy place. But I liked it. Weird.

“So, what do you think?”

“Honestly, I kind of love it.”

“Really?”

“Yes! This is so totally cool! I have to explore.”

“I think that your grandmother is going to like how much you enjoy the place. She designed it especially for you. She said it took some time since she had never met you, but she tried really hard and that’s the important part.”

“Yeah, I guess so.”

“Let me show you around. It’s a pretty big place. That’s why the book weighed a ton.”

“Oh, I get it now. Sounds good to me.” 

He lead me down a dark, gloomy staircase, into a library with books that I had never seen before. 

“What are all of these books?”

“Spells. All of them.”

“So, there’s not actually any books to read for fun?”
“Not in this library.”

“Oh, I understand.”

“Do you want to see the other five, or go look at some other parts first?’”
“I have five libraries!”

“Yes.”
“Oh my goodness!”

“Let me show you the rest of the house.”

 

Part Three

“So what do you think of the house?”
“I love it! All the flickering lights are amazing. And I love how the window shutters rattle for no reason at all. This is the best thing I’ve ever imagined...Well, maybe not the best thing.”
“What do you mean?”
“I really thought that James liked me. I thought it was real, but it was all apart of your plan. It’s always you. Whenever I have a good time, I remember that my dad wasn’t there with me. I thought it was because you thought I wasn’t good enough. I tried so hard to be the ‘perfect daughter.’ That’s why I am the way I am.”

“I don’t even know what to say. I never meant to hurt you. All I ever wanted was for you to be safe. That’s part of the reason I left. There’s that saying, something along the lines you have to love someone enough to let them go. In my mind, I was doing just that.”

Silence.

“Let’s just move on and go see the yard, Dad”

“It’s right this way.” 


 

Part Four

Outside it was totally different from the inside. They were polar opposites. It smelled of fresh baked goods.

“Why is it not like anything in the house out here?”
“Because it’s your house is in the magical forest of Corrinston, along with all of the other witches. You’re the most powerful one, though.”

“How could I be the most powerful one if I don’t even know any spells?”

“That’s the thing, you don’t have to learn them...you can make them up.”

“Oh. My. Gosh. That’s insane. What if I screwed something up and couldn’t change it?!”

“You’d always be able to change it. That’s the type of power that you have control of.”

“Are you sure that I’m not the real reason you left? Mom didn’t want me to learn any spells from you. She probably didn’t know that I already knew them or could make them up, or whatever you said.”

“You are too smart for your own good.”

“I’m sorry for overreacting. It’s just a lot to soak up. There’s so much I don’t know. I feel so stupid.”
“You aren’t stupid.” a mysterious voice said from the bushes.”

“Who said that?!” I exclaimed.

A little dwarf, gnome emerged from the bushes, riding on a strong, majestic unicorn. He looked very similar. “You aren’t stupid. I had to spend two years with you...and stupid was one thing that you weren’t. I had to try so hard so that you wouldn’t find out the truth. And I had to try even harder to not fall in love with you, Anna.”

“James?”
“Yeah?”
“I thought that you said that you didn’t like me. You lied? I- I don’t understand. Why did you lie?”

“I can’t fall in love. It’s against the rules.”

“What rules? Gnome rules? Corrinston rules?”

“I can’t say. I have to go, enjoy your life here.” With that, James rode off into the sunset. I always thought that I would be riding with him, but I guess I was mistaken.

“I wonder why he can’t fall in love. Do you know?”

“I’m afraid not. But I do know that the Queen is expecting your arrival.”

“Where do I go to meet her? Does she live in a normal house, or does she live in a castle?”

“The royal family lives in the most gorgeous part of Corrinston. There are glamorous, glittering flowers, a beautiful flowing moat, and you can’t forget all the birds. The birds sing a musical chirping song. It’s mesmerizing.”

“Wow, I can’t wait.”

“You don’t have to, just create a spell to get us there.”

“What if I mess it up? I’ve never done this before. I don’t want us to get hurt because of me.”

“We won’t get hurt. I trust you.”

“Okay, I can do this. It’s just like all of the books and movies.”

Part Five

We arrived at a very different place than he described. It was musty, dark, and I could hear the distant sound of water dripping.

“I don’t think that I did it right.”

“No, you did. We are in the castle. In the dungeon, but it’s still the castle.”

“Oh, okay. So, do I just walk in and say hi?”

“No, you stay here. Along with all of the other powerful people.” He pointed to all of the cells. They were filled with so many people.

“Is that James? What’s going on?”

“Get out of here! Run! Escape!” James shouted. I could see the fear in his eyes. He did love me, but he wanted me to escape from my father so I wouldn’t be in the same position as him.

“Why are you doing this? I thought that you were good!”

“I know. That’s why it was so easy to fool you.”

“I can get out of here! I’m the most powerful witch ever!”

“Ha! You truly believed that? Why do you think we’re in my lair? I got us here. You don’t have any powers. You’re a mortal!”

“But- I thought- What?”

“I stole your powers from you. That’s why I left. And now I have to go steal some more! Soon, your precious James will be fully gnome. A statue. As will you, I already casted the spell.”
“You said that you’d lift the curse if I got her to you! You can’t take it back! You have to lift the curse! A deal is a deal. I have to help my sister. She’s dying!” James was an emotional mess. Tears were streaming down his face.

“You’re right, a deal is a deal. The deal was to get my daughter to me, without you falling in love, and I would get rid of the pain your sister was feeling.”

“You failed your part of the deal, but I didn’t fail mine. She’s not feeling pain anymore. Actually, she’s not feeling anything these days...oops.”

“No!” he cried out. The agony and pain he had been holding in took over him. The next thing I knew, he was frozen. James had turned into a gnome statue.

“How could y-”

“Oh, Anna. I really thought that you would fight a little harder before you just gave up. I guess I have a new favorite statue. Sorry, Lilithia. You were beautiful, but your granddaughter is more beautiful.”

 


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