moved a pile of bones to the side and hid behind them. The cackling grew
louder and louder and then they both heard the witch touch down on the
roof above them. They sat in terror as the footsteps moved from one side
to the other. When they heard a door open and the creak of her walking
down some steps, they sat petrified, not moving a muscle. All they could
hear was her cackling as she went down to her cauldron.
“It knows she’s back,” Poe whispered as softly as he could.
The cackles continued for an hour. “Poe, my legs hurt from being all
scrunched up like this. I want to go home.”
“Mine ache too.” When Poe moved to stretch his leg, he knocked over a
skeleton, sending the bones rolling across the floor. One skull bumped
into the door.
Prysm bit her lip when the cackling stopped. She heard Witch Lilith coming
up the stairs to the top floor. When the door knob turned both Prysm and
Poe hugged each other. A beam of pale green light shot from the end of the
witches’ pointer finger. She aimed it around the room. Poe and Prysm
ducked as the light passed near them. A loud hiss and a screech came from
the hallway. Prysm lifted her head enough to see Bella run past the witch,
who slammed the door shut and ran after the cat.
“She’s going to boil Bella in her cauldron. We’ve got to save her.”
“We need a plan. We’ll go downstairs and I’ll throw this skull into the
other room. When Witch Lilith goes to find out what made the noise, you
grab Bella and we’ll make a run for it.” Poe didn’t believe the words he
“That’s your plan? Oh well. It’s better than the one I had.” Prysm stood
and rubbed her sore legs. She picked up the biggest bone she could see.
grabbed the skull. “Isn’t it freaky that we’re holding a dead person’s
trying not to think about it.”
opened the door and they stepped into the dark hall. Light from the moon
shot through a back window, giving them a beam of light to find their way
to the top of the stairs. The witch’s broom leaned against the wall. Down
they crept, one step at a time. The witch was so busy cackling that she
didn’t hear the stairs creak.
it,” Poe said. When they reached the bottom of the stairs he peeked around
the corner. “She’s got Bella. Ew! Her fingers are long and ugly and
better not hurt my cat.” Prysm gripped the thigh bone tighter.
go.” Poe held the skull up above his head and threw it as far as he could.
It hit a wall and rolled across the filthy wooden floor. The witch put the
cat down and marched off to investigate. “Grab the cat!” Poe wasn’t
worried about being quiet any longer. He just wanted to get out of there.
darted and grabbed Bella, who clawed at her in anger. They tried to open
the back door, but it was locked. The witch came back in the room. “Well,
well, well. What have we here? Children. You’ve come to take my cat.”
gaped at the ugly hag. Her nose was six inches long with big gray hairy
warts growing from the end. Her chin was pointed and covered with more
warts. Her hair was green and stuck out from her black witches’ hat,
poking here and there in thick matted strands. Her eyes glowed a golden
shade with flecks of red and purple and her teeth were pointed, like
fangs, with brown holes and puffy purple gums.
my cat alone. She’s not your cat. She’s mine. I won’t let you boil her in
your green slime-filled cauldron.” Prysm held Bella, who squirmed in her
if you won’t let me have your cat, then I’ll have to take this boy.” The
witch grabbed Poe.
Prysm. Take Bella and get out of here.” Poe tried to wriggle free from the
run, Prysm. Go ahead and take your cat. The boy will do just fine.”
CACKLE! CACKLE! CACKLE!
stood in thought. She put Bella down. “Go girl. Go and hide.” The cat
dashed into the darkness of the other room. “I’m not afraid of you anymore
and I won’t let you hurt my friend.”
Lilith laughed. Prysm walked towards her with the bone in her hand, ready
to use it. The witch found pleasure in watching the girl moving her
direction. Seeing that both females were preoccupied, Poe ran towards
Witch Lilith, pushed her as hard as he could, grabbed Prysm and ran
outside. Neither waited around to see the witch fly into her cauldron and
knock it over, spilling the contents all over the floor.
Prysm. She’s going to be really angry with us.” Poe took his friend’s hand
and pulled her into the woods. They ran as fast as they could, not
stopping, even when their sides ached. “I think we’re safe now. She’s an
old hag and can’t run as fast as us.”
look now,” Prysm said, pointing to the sky. “She’s on her broom and
searching for us.”
watched as the furious witch sped back and forth above them, keeping her
gaze on the trees below. “Let’s go back towards the haunted house. She’ll
never expect us to do that. We can go back inside and grab Bella and then
go down the stairs. It’s dark and she’s flying off to the next candy corn
mountain. You know, I’ve almost forgotten about the vampires and ghosts
and all the things going on in Misty Valley. Our moms and dads must be
worried sick about us. Come on.”
ran back to the haunted house and called for Bella. A few minutes later
the cat came running towards them. Prysm picked her up and held her tight.
“I’m so glad to see you, Bella. You’ve been a naughty cat and have gotten
us into a lot of trouble.”
eyebrows sank towards the center of his nose. “I’ve been thinking; you
take Bella and head for home. I’m going to find out what that moaning
sound is. Witch Lilith probably has some poor guy locked up in her
we’re free now and I’ve got Bella. Let’s just both go home, Poe.”
staying. I’m too curious. I think I’ve gotten a bit braver since this
morning. I’m actually having fun.” Poe grinned at the horrified girl. “Go
you’re staying; I’m staying too. Bella, you might as well go exploring.
When you’ve had enough, please go home.” She stroked the cat behind the
ears and put her down. “Do you think Witch Lilith will come back soon?”
I think she’ll stay out there all night. She wants to find us bad.” Poe
opened a door that led downstairs. “Are you sure you want to come?”
I’ll follow you. Maybe we should get our candle. Hang on. I’ll go and get
it.” Prysm ran up the stairs into the room full of skeletons and grabbed
the candle. There was just enough light coming through the window to find
it. She pulled the matches from her pocket and lit the waxy taper.
At least we have light now.” Poe took the first stair down, his feet
hesitant to move. A few gulps escaped his lips. Prysm stayed right behind
him until they hit the bottom step. Poe held up the candle. “It stinks
down here like rotten fish.” Prysm sniffed. Poe moved to the left. “Let’s
check here first.
walked around the room and nothing was there; not a crate, a piece of wood
or a spider web. When they went into the next room both of them stopped in
their tracks and stared at the cage in front of them. “It’s…it’s…it’s a
baby werewolf.” Prysm pushed Poe’s arm so he’d move the candle closer.
“It’s wounded. What has that witch been doing to it? Is it a boy werewolf
or a girl?”
stepped closer to the cage. Huddled in the corner was a small, furry
creature, with a wolf face, paws and tail and sharp teeth poking from its
lips. One of its paws was bent. “Oh look, Poe. It has a broken back paw.
No wonder it moans all the time.”
go too close. It is a werewolf after all.” Poe kept Prysm back.
werewolf scooted closer to the bars of the cage. Prysm noticed it had
tears puddling in its eyes. The creature stuck his front paw out, wanting
Prysm to take it. She reached through the bar.
careful. This might be a trick.”
stroked the wolf-like paw and the werewolf moved closer and nuzzled
against her leg. “It’s not scary at all. It’s just a baby werewolf and
she’s scared and hurt. Can you open the cage? Let’s get her out of here
before the witch comes back.”
checked the barred door. There was a lock on it, holding it shut. Without
saying a word he ran up the stairs and came back down with the leg bone
that Prysm had tried to hit the witch with. “Stand back.”
urged the creature to move over to the side of the cage. “Don’t be afraid.
Poe’s going to break the lock.”
old and rusty. Here goes.” He hit the lock three times with the bone and
it broke apart, falling to the ground. “That was easy enough.” He opened
the door to the cage. The werewolf limped towards him.
wants you to carry her, Poe.”
Me carry a werewolf? I spent last night hiding under my bed because I saw
the Frankenstein monster and now you want me to carry a werewolf from
Witch Lilith’s haunted house? Okay.” Poe gently picked her up. “Whew! She
weighs more than Mr. Kali’s dog. He huffed and puffed as he made his way
up the stairs.
get Bella. Come on, Bella. It’s time to go home.” The blue-gray cat came
running towards Prysm, stopping when it spotted the bundle in Poe’s arms.
“It’s all right, Bella. She’s a baby girl werewolf and she’s got a sore
paw. She won’t hurt us.” Bella trusted her owner and leapt into Prysm’s
right. We’re set. Let’s get out of here. The witch is going to be angrier
when she finds the cage empty.”
them down the stairs. They could see the witch flying around Misty Valley.
When they reached the bottom of the candy corn mountain, they stopped for
a breath. “Which way? I’m as lost as can be.” Poe looked to the right and
then to the left. “Let’s go right. Witch Lilith is over that way, so we’ll
go the opposite direction. Keep your eyes open for vampires and zombies.”