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Chapter 18 (v.1) - Chapter Eighteen

Submitted: May 01, 2017

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Chapter Eighteen

 

Sleep came really quickly that night and I desperately hoped that I didn’t end up in that house…

 

The fireplace roared into life providing the only light in a darkened room. It took a while for my eyes to adjust. Sitting on the lounge was Josias. No…no…no…

 

“Em, please listen to me.” He said, gently. “I am not going to hurt you.”

 

“What the hell is going on?” I asked, suddenly feeling a little bolstered, though still trembling.

 

“We are on the same side.” Josias said, too scared to move in case he scared her away. He wore sorrow in his eyes. “I can explain everything. Please. Just listen.”

 

“I – I was told it’s not safe to be around you…”

 

“I understand, Em.” He said, soothingly. “But it’s not me you need to be afraid of.”

 

“I don’t understand…”

 

“Please, sit.” Josias said. “If you feel scared for any reason you have an exit strategy.” He cast his eyes towards the jewelled ring on my right hand.

 

“How –”

 

“Please, sit.” Josias said, smiling awkwardly.

 

I reluctantly took the seat across the room and waited. He sucked in a breath, exhaled deeply and began explaining himself.

“I don’t know how much you know a – about what I am about to tell you, but I am guessing since you can teleport, and you are wearing your covens crest on your neck – you must know at least something.”

 

Shadow coven…I heard my Grandfather’s words echo throughout the caverns of my mind. I shivered at the thought but my curiosity got the better of me, so I stayed to hear him out.

 

“I am a witch.” Bingo! Yahtzee! “I belong to a powerful bloodline of witches, just like you.” He waited to see what my reaction was. My face didn’t reveal anything. He continued. “You have heard of the different covens, yes?” I nodded. “You belong to the fire coven, right?”

 

“How did you know?”

 

“It took me a while. Years in fact. After my mother told me about my family history I wanted to know if there were any others like me out there – I didn’t expect to find them here in Myrtle Beach.”

 

“Y – You have been watching me? All this time? Because you thought I was a witch?”

 

“Yes and no. Initially, yes. The more I watched you, the more I fell for you. I didn’t care if you were or weren’t witch anymore – but then I found out you were and for the first time in my life I didn’t feel alone…”

 

Those words resonated with me.

 

“I feel incredible when I am around you. I know you feel it too.” He continued.

 

“That’s probably just the magic. It is addictive.” I said, the words tasting bitter on my tongue.

 

“No, it’s more than that, Em.” He ran his fingers through his hair. Why was I so drawn to him? “I know you are scared. When I first discovered you were a witch I was a little scared. My mother had told me about the shadow coven – told me that I had to keep who I really was a secret…”

 

He doesn’t belong to the shadow coven…

 

“Your element is fire. Mine is air. I guess it is why we are so drawn to each other.”

 

I sat, open mouthed. The discovery that I had found another coven excited me. Don’t trust anyone… Tobias’ words cut through my thoughts. Josias was silent for a few minutes, probably contemplating what to say next. I broke the silence.

 

“Do you know the shadow coven is somewhere here, in Myrtle Beach?”

 

He suddenly looked a little embarrassed. “Honestly, it’s why I didn’t get close to you years ago. I was worried you might be a dark witch. My mother warned me of them – taught me everything I know too. ”

 

“What…m – me. A dark witch? You’re kidding, right?”

 

“Come on, you didn’t think I was as soon as you discovered I was a witch?” He had a point.

 

I suddenly remembered where I was. “What are you doing in my Grandmother’s old house?”

 

“Your what…?” He looked genuinely surprised.

 

“My Grandma used to live here before she…” I shifted a little uncomfortably, still finding it hard to say the words. “Before she died…”

 

Josias sat there for a good while completely silent. “Oh, Em. I didn’t know. No wonder you were so freaked about seeing my house the other day.”

 

“You honestly didn’t know?”

 

“No. H – How would I know?” He said.

 

“I don’t know,” I replied, confused more now than ever. It couldn’t simply be a coincidence, could it? “It just seems a bit odd.”

Wait a minute…could Josias be the reason behind my dreams? The reason I was drawn here?

 

“Are you the reason I dream about this house?” I blurted out.

 

“What? You do? I - No.” He said, puzzled. “This is the first time I have ever called you here. My mother showed me how to do it. I told her about you and –”

 

“You told her about me?!” I cried, exasperated. “Why would you do that?!”

 

“I was worried about you.” He looked somewhat embarrassed. “I was really upset when my mother walked in and saw me – I told her what had happened and she showed me how to do a simple dream summoning spell. I didn’t tell her that you are a witch.”

 

I sat with my arms folded. Suddenly I noticed my face had begun to hurt; I must have been frowning for some time. If what he said was true – I had a lot to think about – fire and air together. In the back of my mind I heard Tobias. You can’t trust anyone…

 

 “I – I’ll reverse the spell. I am sorry for scaring you, Em – but you needn’t be afraid of me.”

 

Those last six words echoed in my mind as the lounge room faded around me until there was nothing left but darkness.


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