All at once, it came to her. And having chosen, she willed and willed until she felt herself growing taller, taller, and shining with a terrible light. She pulled herself up, her eyes wide, her hands filling with power, ancient power drawn from a world even before Samana’s time. Monday 22nd sees the beginning of Out of the Dark World, the sequel to On All Hallows’ Eve and the 11th podcast book. Hope to see you here then!
“It’s her!” Tom cried. “She’s not going to let you through! Go for the light! See it? Go! Go for your lives!”
Samana shall not have her way this night. The words growled through her head. Whose words were they? Greylen’s? Or her own? Did it matter? She scrambled up and out from beneath the rock pile, and edged forward into the throng.
Meg remembered the cold of that place, and how it had sapped her will. I don’t care what happens, nobody, but nobody will ever get me to go down there again! Well, here she was, about to do that very thing. The question was, would she get out this time?
Spike got to his feet and strode over. “Here! Come on out! Come on—out!” There was a pause, and when still they didn’t move, he reached down to his belt, drew out his dreamstick, and raised his arm to strike.
“Look!” cried Sue. Meg looked. There, just a little way in front, was a break in the trees, and beyond that was the cottage. …. “Whoopee!” Meg cried. “We did it! Come on, Sue, come on!”
“…. Morgan le Fay was not a destroyer so much as a challenger. Always would she test the truth and strength of those who would rule over others. In the fierce flame of her power was assayed the mettle of kings….”
Faster, the witch queen whirled, and faster, until, suddenly, she turned and ran up to the slab. Even she did not touch it, but, leaning over, she raised the skull on high. Note: the full version of the Halloween theme music is in Chapters ! and 2. Apologies to subscribers for non-delivery of chapters 10 and 12. Mailchimp went AWOL!
Like it or not, Rip was at that moment being carried to the foot of the Dark Queen’s throne.
Meg put her hands to her face and bent over. When she straightened again, a figure was standing at the top of the steps, looking straight down the cavern and into her eyes.
At the foot of the cliff was the mouth of a small cave, and clustered around that cave mouth were the four women who had gone with Greylen, looking in. Meg kept going. Driven by her anger, she shoved past them into the cave.
“I don’t care what happens,” (Meg) declared aloud a few minutes later, “Nobody—but nobody will ever get me to go down there again!”
Kenny got up, swaggered to the edge of the darkness, and peered out. The noise stopped. Kenny turned back towards them. “There. What’d I say?” Sue screamed. “Look out!”
“Oh, my goodness.” “Now what? Meg opened her eyes irritably. “Here.” Sue sounded urgent. “Here. On the other side of the rock. Quick!” With a pointed sigh, Meg stood up. “This had better be good,” she said.
“I thought what a shame it was. According to the table, the moon is in conjunction.” “Speak English.” “That means that the moon is the opposite of full. In other words … tonight in our world … there is no moon!”
Somehow…they were back in the ruined cottage. The old sick feeling returned at the stench in that place. Yet the warmth in her belly remained. “Oh, well,” she said. Kenny’s voice came in answer. “Wilson? Wilson? I hear you. Watch out—here I come!”
.. . . . Meg’s whole body began to tingle as though sparks were running up and down it. There was an odd burnt smell as the air around her flared into a cold brilliance, lighting up that desolate ruin.
“You stay here,” (Meg) said. “I’ll send Mother for you. Me, I’m going to have to move. With that, Meg turned and made for the front door, running for her life! Happy Halloween!
“Hey! Hey—you! Wilson!” Kenny’s voice was angry. She did not look back. She made herself walk with dignity to the corner of the school building, where, once out of sight, she hoisted her Red Riding Hood skirts and ran. Bonus items repeated from Chapter 1: Frontispiece showing Meg & Sue on their way to the school party. Map of area showing locations of the school, their home, and the Halloween Wood.