KAREN: Lisa Rayns is in the house! With four boys, a husband, a full time job, this talented author at The Wild Rose Press is busy, but she's written an eerie Halloween story for all trick or treaters to enjoy!
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Now for your treat....
The Halloween Witch by Lisa Rayns
It was a dark and stormy night in my small town near Boston, Massachusetts. I’d just moved into a two bedroom house a week ago but everywhere I went, I heard the rumors.
“Did you know the Halloween witch lived there?” they’d ask and follow with, “They say her ghost still haunts that house.” News traveled fast and it didn’t matter if I was grocery shopping or working at the Post Office. People would stop me to inquire on my well-being and their eyes would always be sad and concerned.
“Yes,” I’d reply, “but I don’t believe in ghosts.”
An eerie feeling hung around the house that particular evening, unlike any I’d ever felt before. My black cat, normally so outgoing, sat on the sofa with wide eyes. His head went around in circles as though he were following a laser light on the walls. I saw nothing.
Ignoring him, I made a cup of hot cocoa to ease the chill in my bones. I’d just put my teapot on to boil when a loud rap startled me.
I strode to the door, chastising myself for being so jumpy. I wasn’t prone to believe in the supernatural or things that go bump in the night.
A woman, drenched from the heavy downpour, stood on the other side of the door. Her hair was as black as the night sky, her eyes were a brilliant blue, and her nose was almost manly in size. She wore a long white dress that covered every part of her body except her face which paled and blended with her clothing. She smiled, showing surprisingly perfect teeth. “Might I come in?”
“Of course.” I ushered her in, afraid she’d catch her death of a cold. “Would you like a towel or some hot cocoa?”
“No. Perhaps I could stand in front of your fire for a moment?”
“Yes. Right this way.” I led her to the cozy fireplace in the living room and rushed to get her a blanket and towel.
When I returned, she was completely dry and sitting comfortably on my sofa. My cat sat on her lap, purring as she scratched behind his ears. The items dropped from my hands. Not only had she dried unbelievably quick but she’d won over my cat who hissed at everyone he didn’t know.
“Tell me. What are your Halloween traditions? What do you have planned for tomorrow evening?”
Assuming she was with the town committee, I cast off my surprise and sat down in the adjacent recliner. “Well, I normally pass out candy. Are there town regulations I should know about?”
“No, no, of course not. It’s just that I knew the woman who lived here before you and as you well know, Halloween was her favorite holiday. She liked things done in a certain way. Do you know what I mean?”
I scowled, stood, and propped my hands on my hips to show my disapproval. “I don’t care how she liked things done. This is my house now.”
“That may be.” She nodded and set the cat on the floor before she rose. “But I’d hate to see something happen to you tomorrow night, just because you didn’t put out a few decorations to honor the witch’s memory. She liked the cauldron from the basement in that bare spot in the yard.”
Folding my arms across my chest, I tried to stop my eye roll. “I don’t believe in ghosts.”
A loud whistle from the kitchen startled me. I squeezed my eyes shut and nearly hit the ceiling when I jumped. It’s just the kettle, I told myself, then pried my lids open.
The woman was gone and on the sofa sat a picture of the decorated yard.
On Halloween, I decorated the yard like the picture showed. I decided to humor the mysterious woman. All the children seemed particularly excited by the cauldron. When I asked why, one said they saw the Halloween witch in it.
Later, when the kids had given up on Trick-or-Treating for the night, I glanced outside. A green ghostly cloud rose up from the cauldron and formed into the shape of a woman. It was the same one who’d visited me the day before. I believed she was the Halloween witch.
She waved and held out her hand. I stepped over to receive the offered handshake, proud of my good deed.
Just as our limbs met, they meshed together and the cauldron sucked me inside and rolled me around like a whirlwind. When it finally stopped, I felt sick. Unsure of what had happened, I pulled myself up onto my knees and peeped over the thick iron edge.
My body waved back at me from across the lawn. I instinctually tried to run to it but I couldn’t move. My feet were stuck in place. I looked down in horror at my green glowing form. I was a ghost!
I hope you all enjoyed my little Halloween story.
Now for the details of the contest:
LISA is giving ONE Ebook copy of WANTED: VAMPIRE (Free Blood) to one lucky commenter. CONTEST ENDS OCTOBER 17th at midnight. Lisa will post the winner's name in the comments. Good Luck!
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