"It's good to have you back, pumpkin!"
"Dad, I'm an adult now! You can't call me pumpkin!"
Ryder smiled, "I'll call you pumpkin even when you're a shriveled old lady! You'll always be my pumpkin!"
Annie rolled her eyes. "I'm starved from the drive from uni, though. Got any good leftovers?"
Ryder checked his watch & then glanced at the fridge. "Actually, I don't think we do. Look, I have to run to a meeting," he said as he grabbed his briefcase. "It's good to see you. Pumpkin."
"There you are, dearie," she heard a voice say behind her.
Startled, she turned around.
"It's you!" she cried. "I have so many questions!"
Annie shook her head. "But how? You have the magic!"
Frustrated, she hauled out the book she'd been giving on the occult & poured through it, in hopes of figuring out how to handle her power... how to solve her problems...
"Oh my gosh!" she exclaimed as she studied the text. "Too cool!" Now this she had to try.
"I knew you could do it if you applied yourself," Lyndsay said happily.
Ryder rubbed his hands together, "Turkey! Looks great, pumpkin!"
Annie grinned. She could get used to this!
Smiling, she murmured the words and pointed the wand.
Suddenly, Lyndsay covered her mouth & stood up. "Oh God! Excuse me!" she mumbled as she ran from the room.
Lyndsay rinsed her mouth and shook her head. "No, no. I feel fine now. I just.. goodness!"
Ryder rubbed her back. "Well, if you didn't want to make out anymore, you should've just said no!"
Lyndsay swatted at Ryder's arm. "You silly man!"
Crossing her arms, Annie began, "I asked you each time I performed a favor for answers to my questions. Now, I demand it! Unless would perhaps like your memory to be wiped clean! Or perhaps you'd prefer a hoard of insects to follow you for eternity?"
"Now, now, dearie, there's no need to threaten," Andrea attempted to pacify Annie. "We're old friends, you and I."
"I wouldn't call us friends! You used me!"
"I wouldn't call it use, per se!"
"I want answers! Now!"
Andrea trembled in her shoes at the force in Annie's voice. The fact that Annie had been able to summon her showed that her power was greater than her own.
"STERLING," Andrea hissed. "Be gone!"
"Quiet! I will say who comes & goes," Annie barked. "Who are you?"
Annie was taken aback by the theatrics. "Oh... well..."
"Well this is so very touching and all," Andrea said snidely.
Sterling smiled kindly. "You have questions?"
"I do! My life has been changed for years. I have this... this... power now and I want to know to harness it. How to control it! There's so much I want to know!"
But it was too late. Sterling Midlock, the good witch, was gone.
Opening her eyes, she saw something floating down from the sky. As it drew nearer, she saw it was a card of some sort. And it seemed to float right into her hand! Magic! Annie searched the sky for a sign of Sterling. Flipping the card over, she read the engraving, "Sterling Midlock, Infallibly Good Warlock Extraordinaire."
Frustrated, Annie flipped to the other side. "UGH! No address! How am I to find him?!" she groaned between gritted teeth. What was the point in sending a calling card if it didn't tell her where to go? Or how to contact him?
Prepared to crumple the card and throw it to the cowplant, Annie was startled to realize there were new words engraved. Squinting in the dark, she saw an address engraved where his name once appeared. The minute she had finished reading the address, the card burst into a flock of doves that took flight to the sky.
Smiling, Annie thought of the mischievous man she'd met & how once again her life was probably going to change course! She couldn't wait!