Chloe and the three witches written by Elizabeth Langford October 2023

Elizabeth Langford November 2, 2023
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there was once a determined young witch named Chole who dreamed of being a great sorceress as shimmering spells of love beauty and desire and mystic spells of death and immortality were coveted most Chloe was certain she would be sought after as her mother lay dying she handed Chloe a silver coin I have taught you all I can she said this is my third story on the list take this coin to Sherrie there you will find my sisters your three aunts who are witches and they will help you dressed in sackcloth Chloe set out for Sherrie a little fairy appeared before her now before long she met an astonishingly beautiful young woman with golden hair and bottomless blue eyes the fairy was called Freya as they were headed in the same direction they decided to travel together at nightfall Chloe cast a simple spell and started a fire the magic was very powerful she shared her plans to become a great sorceress the spell was very useful I have learned to start a fire and make flowers bloom out of season she said but to be a great sorceress I must learn the spell of love and desire and beauty and immortality there was a naughty witch there beauty is everything said the beautiful golden-haired woman her azure eyes sparkling in the firelight look at me I have been throughout the country and I am certain I am the most beautiful woman to be found beauty is the spell you should learn then reaching inside the folds of her golden frock she handed Chloe a simple white clay statue she handed but if you would be tempted to learn immortality you will need this she said thank you said Chole taking the statue then tucking it away inside her belonging they fell asleep the Halloween season is finished now the next morning the stranger was gone leaving Chloe to travel the rest of the dark dismal path alone she arrived in Sherrie before dusk and went directly to her first aunt’s home upon knocking she was greeted by a fat woman with twinkling eyes and a generous smile I have been expecting you child she said happily and ushered Chloe inside a heart shaped cabin smelling of baked goods have a treat while I prepare what spell have you to teach me? asked Chloe munching on a heart shaped chocolate cookie I have only one spell to teach said her aunt in a voice filled with love use it wisely and only for others then she went into another room and returned minutes later with a new iron kettle a rose a four leaf clover and one single thorn with a wave of her hand the first aunt started a fire under the kettle and then added each ingredient as she spoke the light was very bright the story was true this is my spell for love a new kettle not yet worn with use a rose a thorn and a clover for love will bloom each a new with a luck but will also be piercing and painful at times they practised until dawn and after resting Chloe prepared to visit her second aunt do you remember something for me child? asked her aunt remembering the silver coin chole passed it on her aunt in turn gave Chloe a gold coin when you reach my third sister give her nothing except the coin given to you she said Chloe agreed. and with this warning they said farewell after a time Chloe arrived at home of her second aunt upon knocking she was greeted by a tall woman with hair of fire and a precocious smile I have been expecting you child she said teasingly and Chloe entered a small house smelling of perfume and incense and everything inside was as red as its owner’s hair she had a wand in her hand light a candle while I prepare what spell have you to teach me? Chloe asked as she busied herself lighting the room the land was very flat I have only one spell to teach said the second aunt in a low breathy voice filled with cunning and intrigue use it wisely and only for others the path was very straight then she went into another room and reappeared with a kettle grey from overuse a wild mushroom a knife and a cup of water with a nod of her head a fire started under the kettle and the second aunt added each ingredient as she spoke the book was on the table this is my spell for desire though desire is as old as time it is still fuelled by love and passion and though passion can drive you to the brink of madness and murder its fire still be quenched with the waters of tranquillity they practised until dawn and Chloe prepared to visit her third aunt and Chloe when the second aunt inquired after the gold coin Chloe received a black coin in return and with it another warning when you reach my third sister give her nothing more than this coin I give to you Chloe agreed with this final warning they said farewell the night sky was very dark and gloomy by and by Chloe arrived at the home of her third this time she was greeted by a wrenched bony woman clothed in a black cape she was wraith like in form and although her face was hidden behind a dark hood she attempted to smile but could not I have been expecting you child she said then stepping aside she made way for Chloe to enter her skin thin claw like fingers held open the door and Chloe could see that the cabin was immaculate without chairs nor a table nor any furnishing only a fire breathed in the hearth and a dirty broom rested near the door before you speak she said in a cold dry voice as brittle as her body I have only one spell to teach use it wisely and only for others now this third aunt brought forth from another room a kettle so old that the metal was worn thin from use a raven’s wing a human eye and the wing of a snow white dove she merely looked at the kettle and a fire kindled beneath it she added each ingredient as she spoke the wind was very loud this is my spell for death as life wears on all are blessed with sight to see right from wrong still poor choices are often made and when death comes to carry us away on dark wings peace may still be found for those we leave behind there was a little girl in the house they practised until dusk and as Chloe lay down to rest she noticed small porcelain figurines atop the mantle over the hearth she hadn’t noticed them before and decided to inquire about them at dawn that morning Chloe surrendered the black coin as payment the little girl was called Bell the spells I have learned will make me a better witch she said but I wish to be the greatest sorceress in the land to do that I must learn the spells for beauty and immortally the fairies were very friendly you are an impatient child growled the third aunt the spells you have learned will make you the greatest sorceress in the land if you use them wisely beauty and immortality are but two sides of a wicked coin my dear the costume was very beautiful disheartened Chloe gathered belongings before I leave blessed aunt said Chloe tell me about the porcelain statues their costume were very beautiful the story was true ah said the old woman they are the payment for the spell of immortality it is taught only to those who can afford the price Chloe could not see the dead black eyes watching her behind the hood but I have given away everything of value that I own Chloe said dismayed Chloe said, then child said the third aunt her weary old voice softening speak no more of it suddenly Chloe remembered the plain white statue given to her by the beautiful woman the wish was granted by her third aunt wait I have something said Chloe the light was very powerful digging frantically her belongings the darkness was very dark she presented the statue to her third aunt the world was very magical the two warnings returned to her on the wind but passed unheeded as Chloe pressed on this is all I have she said is it enough? please I really want this where did you get that? said the third aunt surprised Chloe was beside herself with excitement the fairy king was very happy with Chloe a woman gave it to me she believed herself to be the most beautiful woman in the country but once I learn the spells of beauty and immortality I will be the most beautiful woman in the world forever nodding the old woman took the statue the fairy queen was very special about Chloe in the story now Chloe demanded teach me immortality

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