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The Haunted House

By Kenneth Allan All Rights Reserved ©

Fantasy / Humor

You're Nicked

Chapter one "You're nicked"

Belinda and Zoey are two quite normal seventeen year old teenagers with a love of shopping for unique and possibly antique collectibles. It was during one such shopping session that they came across an odd little shop in a mall occupied by a little old man in a bath robe. He sold them a book of magic. It was a beautiful book. It had engraved leather covers and exquisitely produced writing and illustrations. Of course, neither girls believed in magic. They just thought it was worth much more than the twenty pounds they paid for it. As they took the book from the weird old man he said, "Be very careful to read each page thoroughly."
Yeah yeah replied the girls, whose thoughts were totally focused on the several hundred pounds they thought they were going to get from the antique dealer that they sold their finds to. Feeling very excited they returned home and went straight to Belinda’s room. Both girls sprawled out on the cushions all over her bedroom.
"Let's have a look in the book" suggested Zoey.
"OK," Belinda replied.
The book had the usual legal stuff on the first page. This book is copyrighted yadda yadda, no unauthorized copying yadda yadda, no un-licenced person to use this book yadda yadda, severe penalties and so on. The index contained many chapters. There were headings like; How to change people into different types of animals, How to make things disappear, Love potions, Hate potions, an ominous Death potion and the usual miscellaneous spells chapter. However, when they began to look at the spells they discovered they were written in what looked like Latin and an Old English style of writing they couldn't decipher. All except one which was in the miscellaneous chapter.
"Lets try out this one." suggested Zoey. It was some kind of visionary spell and seemed quite harmless and indeed it was.
"What's it about?" asked Zoey.
"It seems that if you have a lock of hair and a few herbs and things you can make the image of that person appear and I just happen to have a lock of Stuie Bakers hair."
Stuie was the local teenage heart throb. "We were at a party and he got really wasted and passed out. I sneaked up and cut a lock of his hair."
"Cool lets do it then."
"We'll meet back here at sunset."
Belinda came back the next day and found that Zoey had drawn a neat little five-point star on the floor. A little candle was on each point of the star. In the middle was a little stone dish holding the powdered herbs and lock of hair. They each sat down opposite each other.
"Right were all ready then."
"We have to wait till sunset which according to Google will be in five minutes."
She lit all the small candles. Right on the stroke of six forty-nine she lit the herbal powder. There was a poof and a huge cloud of blue-grey smoke. In the middle of the smoke a shape began to form.
"My God. Its working".
Unfortunately instead of the handsome form of Stuie Baker a very fat English policeman appeared.
"Allo allo wots going on here then".
He spotted the magic book and suddenly there was dozens of red and blue flashing lights in the cloud along with deafening sirens. The bobby drew himself up to his full height and declared "Your nicked". There followed a crash of thunder and both girls blacked out.


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