Charlotte Raven Hart is one of the authors in the new A Cursed All Hallows Eve anthology. You can read a spotlight interview here.
On the night when it is said that the veil between the living and the dead is the thinnest, two women lost their lives. A year later, in a fake seance gone wrong, one of them is brought back. Teagan doesn’t know how she came back or even what she is now, all she knows is that she is somehow connected to Ronin, a handsome stranger that was there the night of the seance. He is the only one who knows who she is and can help her piece together what happened. Her murder remains unsolved and finding her killer may be the only chance she has at another life, but when her old boyfriend shows up sowing doubt in her mind, she doesn’t know who she can really trust.
It wasn’t necessary for us to do this in the cemetery, it was just a ritual to bless the harvest and offer good fortune moving into the darker months, but it was our way of honoring those that came before us, and who falsely lost their lives. Salem always seemed to have special energy, like a spiritual nexus, in my opinion the tragedy that happened hundreds of years ago was no mere coincidence.
Megan and I joined the others and took our places in the circle. We laid out wheat in between us to form a pentagram and put items representing the harvest, fertility and good fortune in the center.
I lost myself in the simple ritual. Something about this time of year, the spirits, the rare full moon, it called to me. Like whispers in the stiff breeze. I relished it.
We finished up and said our goodbyes, but Megan hung back and pulled me aside.
“You all right, Tea?”
“Yeah, why?” I asked, grabbing my cloak and putting it back on.
“I don’t know. I just got this strange feeling while we were doing the ritual. Be careful, OK?”
“Of course,” I said with a smile. She turned and walked out into the narrow street. Something in the shadow of the building across the street caught my eye, but I didn’t think anything about it. It was probably just one of the other girls, right?
I turned to go the opposite way on the street when a heart wrenching scream shattered the silent night. I turned.
Nothing about the scene in front of me made any sense; my mind couldn’t comprehend it. I registered individual details–a darkened figure, a glint of metal, a puddle on the street where there hadn’t been one before, Megan on the ground–but none of them seemed to fit together.
The figure moved closer to me and my natural instincts kicked in. I ran back inside the cemetery, thinking I would escape out the path to the side. A tug on my cloak pulled me back, making me stumble. Fumbling with the clasp, I let it drop lurching forward and hitting the large central crypt. As I pushed myself off of it and turned, a sharp pain slashed through my left arm.
A cry rang out that I only distantly registered was from me. My heart raced, panic rushing through my mind.
Just move! Move move move!
A thump behind me, A force making me stumble and fall to my knees. I was frozen, eyes wide, blood draining from my face. Only when the knife was violently yanked out did the pain begin to flood through me. I collapsed and the figure stood towering above. A dark boot kicked me over onto my back. I couldn’t speak, I couldn’t move. A gloved hand came down. The knife went in again and again. I never could see his face, hidden in the shadows of a dark hood.
When I closed my eyes, all I saw was Megan’s lifeless face.
Wait for me, my friend, I’ll join you soon…
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The veil is thin. Darkness calls. Will you answer?
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