Becca took her phone and pushed it into her back pocket. She didn’t say a word and simply walked back into the destroyed greenhouse. She began lifting the containers and placing them on the shelf. Thoughts raced through her. Who is she to say who I can and can’t date anyway? Fuck her.

Jenny walked in the room. Becca didn’t say a word to her and so the two worked in silence as they cleaned up the space.

Little by little, they found each piece to the spell and Becca took them, placing them into the case. When the only thing left to do was to sweep, Becca spoke up, “I’m going to bed,” she said.

The room became hot. Each step they took moving towards the door, the temperature seemed to rise at least ten degrees so that by the time they reached it, the sweat was pooling on their foreheads.

“I don’t think that’s a good idea,” Jenny said.

Becca still didn’t speak to her. She knew she would say something she regretted, but she also knew she needed to close that spell or they would both be in trouble. So she carried the case back to where she had sat earlier and slowly emptied the contents as she had before.

She flattened the paper that held the words and then lit both candles again.

“Oh wait,” she said and she stood. She picked up a stack of incense and lit one from the white candle. Then she walked to the north side of the room. “I don’t really know how to do this but I remember Aunt Jo saying to give it your best and they will recognize your work.”

“Okay,” Jenny said.

Becca hadn’t realized she followed behind her. She hadn’t been speaking to her at all. She had been simply saying the words out loud as if that would make them real and believable.

“All hail the watchtower of the north,” she bagan. She held the incense high in the air and waved it slowly down in front of her as she continued, “we welcome you. Please join us in our spell and protect us as we work for the good of all.”

Jenny looked around the room. Becca stayed focused but could see the movement in Jenny as she worked. “Stop,” she said. “You have to believe.”

“I do,” Jenny defended herself.

“Then act like it,” Becca added.

When all four corners were called, Becca went back to the seated position and the area that she had prepared again. The room felt cooler. In fact, it felt as if it was getting cold.

“Okay,” Becca said. “So I already did the charcoal and the bread. Now it’s time for the next part.” She held the paper and scanned down its contents.

Say the words below:

And so I welcome you, my guides, into my life, to help me each step along the way. I ask that you steer me in the right direction, that our actions together are for goodness and that you protect me.

I thank you that you should deem me worthy and promise to protect you in my thoughts and actions.

Sit in a quiet state, allowing the spell to work. Remain until the candles burn out on their own.

Jenny looked over to Becca. “Is it gonna work?” she asked. “You didn’t really follow the directions.”

“I don’t know,” Becca said. “Probably not. This is probably all a joke of some sorts,” she whispered.

“We have to believe,” Jenny said.

“Do you?”

“Yeah, I kind of do.”

“Me too.”

Becca woke up with the warm dirt on her face and a pounding headache. Why did I drink so much wine? She sat up, noticing that the candles had burned down. Her sister had fallen asleep and was still there on the floor next to her, her arm over Becca’s leg.

Becca slowly lifted Jenny’s arm. She didn’t want to disturb Jenny but needed water and pills. She made her way to through the kitchen and into the bathroom where the pills were located behind the mirror. She didn’t even notice the image in the mirror.

Then she heard a scream. She ran from the bathroom and into the greenhouse, where she was met with a dark figure sweeping through the space and Jenny pushing herself backwards against the greenhouse wall.

…..

9. dreams are sometimes deceiving 

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