I love Didi’s monthly writing challenges!
Here’s the link to Didi’s challenge post: October WIP Challenge Prompt: Bewitched!!
Lizzy adored Halloween. When she and Hunter met, they had bonded over one movie in particular: The Nightmare Before Christmas. Multiple times since then, they’d dressed up as Jack and Sally. Everyone thought they were adorable together.
But Lizzy also enjoyed another Halloween tradition – Becoming a witch. It was a secret from many of her friends at the Lancer Institute, or LT for short. But, the minute the air turned crisp and cool, her witch’s hat, black robes, and potions came out of the closet.
She and two of her closest friends, Brittany and Ashley, gathered in the woods, about two miles from LT’s campus. It was becoming a nightly tradition since that wild October night three years prior.
Brittany was in charge of the massive black cauldron. Earlier this October, they’d constructed a makeshift storage area in their favorite clearing. It wasn’t immediately visible to the average passerby, so the three ladies were pretty proud of themselves. It was a welcome change to Brittany – Lugging that massive cauldron was getting old. Her arms were pretty buff, though.
“It’s almost nightfall, my pretties. What spell should we conjure tonight?” Ashley cackled slightly.
Lizzy looked up at the crimson sky, contemplating. Emotionally, she was sad. Hunter, having to work, wasn’t able to come to the annual LT Halloween celebration. They would still dress up as Jack and Sally, per their tradition, but she was still sad he wouldn’t be at LT to celebrate like he had for the previous two years. She wished he was still a student with her.
“Lizzy? Darling, are you okay?”
Tears in her eyes, she turned to Brittany and Ashley. This felt like a true sisterhood. All of them, at some point, had been rejected by several of the eight sororities at LT. Who needed sororities when the three of them could gather in the woods at any time of night?
Lizzy swallowed. “I want to conjure a happiness spell.”
Ashley and Brittany looked confused. “A happiness spell?”
Lizzy nodded, jutting out her chin. “I’ve been so sad recently. Being here with both of you makes me happy, but I want to be happier.”
Ashley chortled slightly. “Is this because you miss Hunter?”
Lizzy stuck her tongue out. “Maybe.”
The three got to work.
“Double, double, toil and trouble …”
As the cloud of hazy purple smoke started to clear, Lizzy felt a bit dizzy. She hadn’t had anything to drink, but she felt drunk. She stumbled a bit, but Brittany caught her.
“I feel great! Oh, wow …”
Her world went sideways.
Lizzy woke up, puzzled as to why she felt the cold, damp leaves on her face. She was on the ground. Alone.
Lizzy thought she’d heard faint giggling.
“Ashley! Brittany! This isn’t funny!”
Lizzy grabbed her hat, and stumbled to her feet.
“Where are you?”
Lizzy turned in circles, feeling increasingly confused. She certainly wasn’t happy. She was scared.
The spell had backfired. And Lizzy was all alone.
Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂