Pure Magic Chapter 1
By Luna Fang
Ever since Lucinda was young, she had been told stories of pure and dark witches that lived side by side with Humans. But the stories told weren’t always happy ones. Instead, many were of war between the pure and dark witches as well as between dark witches and Humans. The dark witches believed that the Humans were useless and didn’t deserve to be on the Earth. It was the pure witches’ job to protect the Humans and to keep the dark witches in line. The most important thing, however, was that the Humans didn’t know about the witches, because if they found out it would be harder for the pure witches to keep order and to protect the Humans.
As Lucinda grew older, she started to believe that the stories her mother told her were simply stories. But it wasn’t until her eighteenth birthday that she realized they were more than just stories.
The week of Lucinda’s eighteenth birthday was down and dreary with non-stop rain, so Lucinda’s mother, Stella, decided that she would take Lucinda to visit her grandmother for the weekend in the mountains. Their main purpose was to get some herbs that grew only in Wyoming, but her mother thought it would be good for Lucinda to get some fresh air as well.
“I don’t see why we have to spend the weekend with Grandmother Maria,” complained Lucinda, “I mean, all we are going to do is picking up herbs.”
“There are a couple of things your grandmother and I need to discuss with you and I also want to show you a few things,” Stella said calmly, “Now behave yourself, we will be there shortly.”
“Fine,” Lucinda said as she looks out the window.
By the time they arrived it had gotten late, the sun had already set and Stella and Lucinda were hungry. As they pulled up, Maria came out to greet them. Marias house was simple yet elegant. It was two stories high with a balcony to two of the rooms upstairs; each room had an astounding view to the land around the house. Near the house was a beautiful crystal lake with forest surrounding it.
“Welcome to my lovely home.” Maria greeted them as they walked up to the house.
“It’s nice to see you again after such a long time Maria.” Stella replied as she hugged Maria.
“Yes, I have to say it has been a while,” Maria spoke cheerfully “Now, what has brought you up to the high mountains of Wyoming.”
“Well, I was hoping to gather some of the herbs that you grow and to introduce you to my daughter Lucinda.” Stella said with a calm smile.
“That would be wonderful and you are welcome to as many herbs as you need. It is nice to meet you Lucinda.” Maria said with a smile.
“It is nice to meet you, Maria.” Lucinda said while she tried to ignore her growling stomach.
“Why don’t we go inside now? I bet you are hungry after your long day of traveling.” Maria told them as she led Lucinda and Stella to the house.
“That would be great.” Lucinda and Stella said simultaneously.
Right after supper, Maria guided Lucinda and Stella through the garden to the greenhouse where Stella could pick out the herbs she would take home. As Lucinda looked at the different herbs, she realized that she knew most of them, but never recalled seeing them in her life. Stella noticed this and was pleased to see her daughters’ interests go towards herbs and maybe amulets too. Once Stella had gathered the herbs that she
needed, Maria escorted them back to the house where she guided Lucinda and Stella to their rooms.
Lucinda’s room was lovely lavender color with some unique pieces of ancient art compared to her simple ice blue colored room with common pieces of furniture. Stella’s room had many colors and near the closet was a dresser which held many unique stones that Lucinda was not to see until a later time. After saying goodnight to Maria, Stella and Lucinda went to their own rooms.
Even though it was late in the night, Lucinda couldn’t go to sleep. She decided to get out of bed and sit on the balcony. The air was cool on her face but she liked it. She never got to go and sit outside since they were so close to the neighbors at home. Something then flashed above her and she looked up. She knew it was a shooting star and smiled. She closed her eyes, took a breath and made a wish. After a few minutes she had begun to feel tired, so she went back inside, closed the door and went to bed.
Early the next morning as Stella headed down to breakfast, she ran into Maria and asked if she could show Lucinda the amulet room and tell her more about her heritage. Maria wasn’t sure if it was the right time to introduce Lucinda to things yet, but she believed that if Stella thought she was ready that she could allow Lucinda into the amulet room with supervision.
“This here Lucinda is Marias’ amulet room,” Stella said proudly as she walked into the room. “It holds amulets created centuries back. The amulets are believed to protect us from evil presences.”
“What kind of evil?” Lucinda asked curiously.
“Evil that has been here for centuries, such as ghost, spirits and witches.” Stella said carefully.
“But witches don’t exist and especially not ghosts.” Lucinda commented back.
“You never know what’s real until you see it for yourself, I guess.” Stella simply responded.