Attend a Seance

In writing my Actual Magic series for Young Adults, Lilly Noble & Actual Magic, I drew upon all my favorite story characters I loved as a kid to create my own.  Meet the wicked stepmother, the evil queen, and Diabolique.  Morgann is every villain you’ve ever read, and ever met.  When you think of Morgann, which fairy tale character springs into your mind?

Here’s an excerpt: Placing her fingertips lightly on the Ouija board’s oval pointer, Morgann closed her eyes.  “Henry, I know you’re in here.  I can feel you!” she hissed.  “Look, I don’t know why you won’t talk to Freda today, and quite frankly, I don’t care.  But, you heard her.  She still loves you.  Why she loves you so much is beyond me.”

Whatever affection this woman had for her dead husband was none of her business.  She preferred to keep it that way.

“I’m just here to help you communicate with each other.  But Henry, if you don’t want to, that’s fine by me.”

She paused and waited for a response that did not come.

“Henry, I know you can hear me.  Are you listening?  By the way, that was a nice trick you pulled with the candles earlier.”  She didn’t think he had anything to do with her inability to light the candles, but it didn’t hurt to make him believe she did.

The pointer beneath her fingertips vibrated, and then quieted.

“Okay, Henry.  I felt that.  Does that mean you are listening?”

The pointer vibrated again.

First a response.  And, now a confirmation.

Morgann was cautiously optimistic.  No, she was ecstatic.  “Okay, good job, Henry.”  A spirit moving objects on the physical plane was always a good sign.

She paused for a moment, thinking about the best way to approach Henry with her idea of bringing other spirits to her.

“Henry, are you alone?”

The pointer remained quiet.

“Is that a ‘no’ Henry?”

The pointer vibrated.  It was a confirmation that the silent pointer meant ‘no’.

“Okay.  So, there are others with you?”

The pointer vibrated, scooted a short distance across the message board, and stopped.

Morgann opened her eyes to see the pointer had stopped at ‘yes’.  Excellent!  She was making progress.

Unfortunately, Henry was also gaining strength.

“Henry, is there anyone with you today who would like to say something?”

The pointer circled the Ouija board and stopped on ‘no’.

Morgann heard the toilet flush in the bathroom down the hall.  Freda would return any second now.

“No one around you wishes to be heard?” she asked, addressing the board.

This time, the pointer moved around the board with short, sharp, angry angles, before coming to rest on ‘no’.

“Okay, Henry.  I’m sorry.  I didn’t mean to upset you.”  At least she had Henry communicating with her.  If there was even the slightest chance of establishing a rapport with this spirit, she knew with Freda out of the room, now was her best time to do it.

“Is there anything you want to say to just me today?  Anything at all that would help you feel better?” The pointer suddenly shot from beneath Morgann’s fingertips.

Moving rapidly across the Egyptian alphabet on the message board in quick jagged bursts, the wooden indicator spelled out a message.

Posted by Deborah McTiernan Author of Lilly Noble & Actual Magic Dares readers to believe in themselves and discover the magic within!

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