Sandra [Witchy Woes Book 5]
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by Michelle Hasker
Category: Erotica/Erotic Romance
Description: Ever since that one spell backfired, Sandra's world has fallen apart while sisters slowly rebuilt theirs. Although it was so easy to blame Camryn, Sandra knew this happened because the Goddess willed it. Her only fear was that of failing. Failing her Goddess, and her coven. Can she overcome insurmountable odds, or will she succumb to the inevitable?
eBook Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press, 2008
eBookwise Release Date: December 2008
15 Reader Ratings:
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [102 KB]
Reading time: 59-82 min.
Sandra sat on the sandy beach and watched the waves crash against the shore. Nothing was more soothing than this place, this spot, and that was why she chose it to help Camryn rectify her mistakes. As soon as the others arrived they could begin the preparations, but until then, she watched the seagulls soar overhead and listened to the waves break.
"Sandra!" Camryn's voice shattered the soothing sounds of nature.
Biting back a groan, she turned with a smile for the newest member of her coven. Some days being High Priestess seemed harder than it was worth. Shaking her head, she pushed those thoughts aside. She'd never give up her coven or her position. She loved her sisters. They were all she had.
"I see you started to get ready. I can't thank you enough for this chance. Joining your coven has meant more to me than anything else."
"I'm just glad you realized what you were doing was wrong, and sought help." She glanced past Camryn and saw the rest of the coven was arriving. "Come on, let's set up. I want to get this done and over with."
Though her Sight didn't show her anything, her stomach had been rolling all day. At first she'd thought it had been anticipation, but she wasn't so sure anymore. Something evil was near by, and she needed to make sure it didn't penetrate their circle. Focus. She needed to focus and concentrate.
A strong wind began to blow once they'd finished laying out the altar. Trying not to let her nervousness show, she picked up the besom and handed it to Camryn. It was still a little awkward to have a new member, but Camryn needed them. That was all that mattered.
"As I sweep, may the besom..." Camryn's voice wavered, making Sandra grimace.
Evil was too close for comfort, and her sisters struggled to keep their power under control. Tonight had been picked for a reason, but it wasn't too late to cancel it and try again later, was it? A glance at Camryn reminded Sandra how important this was. There was not going to be a rescheduling. They would perform the ceremony tonight and just take more precautions than usual.
Tamara set something on fire, but quickly stomped it out, reminding Sandra how easy it would be for her to lose control of her own power, too.
"I call upon light and earth at the north to illuminate and strengthen the circle." Candace's voice rang out loud and clear. Perhaps her strength would help Camryn gain confidence in tonight's spell. The surge of power under the sand certainly helped her.
"I call upon light and air at the east to illuminate and enliven the circle." Allison's words sent a rush of wind through the circle. Around once, then again, before it dissipated.
"I call upon light and fire at the south to illuminate and warm the circle." Tamara's power sent heat around and through them, giving them much needed warmth.
"I call upon light and water at the west to illuminate and cleanse the circle," Macy said.
As the next wave crashed on the shore, Sandra felt her worries melt away. Things would be okay. The coven could handle this.
Sandra lifted her athame and stepped forward. She stopped in front of the altar. She drew in a deep steady breath, and exhaled. "I draw this circle in the presence of the Lady and the Lord, that They may aid and bless us in our work."
As Sandra walked around the circle, flames danced behind her. The reassuring heat reminded her of the strong power this coven wielded when they joined together for spells. When she was across from Tamara, she noticed the witch was staring at the flames. She always wondered if the others noticed them, or if it was just her Sight that allowed her to see them.
She continued with the ritual, saying the words she knew by heart. Words that would protect them while they cast tonight's spells. They needed it. Sandra moved back to the altar and blessed the salt which she then sprinkled in a circle around everyone. As it touched the flames, they turned bright white and rose, wrapping over them until they were sealed inside the circle.
Again, they went around the circle, starting with Candace. "I call upon you, Guardians of the North, Element Earth, to guard this circle. By the body and strength that is ours, we ask you to attend this rite."
Before she finished speaking, a loud rumble sounded underneath them. Candace smiled and looked at Allison.
"I call upon you, Guardians of the East, Element Air, to guard this circle. By our breath and thoughts, we ask you to attend this rite." Another strong gust of wind whirled around the outside of the circle. With a smile, Allison turned to Tamara.
"I call upon you, Guardians of the South, Element Fire, to guard this circle. By our energy and consumption of life, we ask you to attend this rite." As Tamara finished, flames leapt up surrounding the circle, reaching high and wide, like a protective shield. Tamara turned to Macy with a smile.
"I call upon you, Guardians of the West, Element Water, to guard this circle. By our emotions and blood in our veins, we ask you to attend this rite," Macy said.
A light rain drizzled down upon them, then ceased as Sandra lifted her arms up in the air, holding her athame up high. "Hail to the elements! Welcome to the Lady and Lord! We stand between the worlds surrounded by light, love and power."
Sandra poured wine onto the ground for the Lady and Lord, and turned to face Camryn.
"I know we've done spells before, but the power you five hold is amazing." Camryn looked around the circle with a smile.
Ignoring Camryn, Sandra took another centering breath. "Are you ready to begin?"
"I'm not sure where to start. I did spells for love, money, health, a job and looks."
"Did you follow my instructions?"
"Yes, I did. But--"
"No buts. Get your spells in order, dear. Job, looks, health, love, money. Please start when you are ready."
Camryn nodded, but looked nervously around the circle. Sandra piled some small oak twigs inside the cast iron cauldron. She glanced around the circle at her sisters. Goddess, she hoped Camryn didn't mess this one up.
After Camryn read the paper, she reached for the frankincense candle and lit it as she said, "Please cleanse me, as I reverse the spells I cast in ignorance."
The flame flickered, but held strong. Maybe she should be more confident in their newest witch. Camryn looked down at the sheet and repeated another spell, hopefully word for word. The flame stayed strong and true without flickering this time. When she finished, she dropped the paper in the cauldron. It burned with a brilliant flash of light.
Camryn moved onto the next spells with more confidence, and she was finished in no time. She dropped the last paper into the cauldron and a huge flame leapt out of it and split into five separate flames. Horror filled her. Before she could throw up another protective shield, one flame shot at each corner, and the last at her.