Cali gave him a weak smile before heading back into the room, “Alright, we’ll do it.” Dana had ground up the herbs in a small and added some of the liquids, turning it into some kind of thick paste. “Good, good. Now each of you take a seat and we’ll get started here.” Cali took her seat again flinching when Dana grabbed her arm, taking some of the paste and drawing symbols on her wrists. “Sit, boy. We have much to do and little time.” She beckoned him to come forward.
Al hesitated for a moment even though he agreed to go along with it then finally finding some composure he sat back down slowly. Dana quickly grabbed his wrist and started scribbling on his arm. "W-what's this for?" he asked staring at the strange symbols on his arm then at Dana. The old lady ignored him and started chanting even stranger words.
Cali could feel a strange burning sensation where the woman had drawn on her, the skin underneath the paste starting to glow a light purple colour. Dana finished her chant and cleared her throat, “Oh, I forgot to mention… this is going to hurt…” Pain flared through Cali’s body, every part of her feeling as if it were on fire. She whimpered as she started to feel the pain in her head, it was like a migraine but a thousand times worse.
How can you forget to mention that?! Al thought as the pain spread across his entire body and engulfed him. He wanted to scream but even his throat hurt so he dared not to try. The pain was slow and torturous, but it soon died down leaving Al shaking and heaving for air on the floor.
Cali had slowly slid off her chair as the pain slowed down and lay next to Al on the floor, she curled up in a ball and didn’t dare to move again until she was sure that all of the pain was really gone. Dana stood, shaking her head a bit, “Get up you two, you need to get out of here now.” She told them and collected her stuff, replacing it on the shelves.
Al tried to regain his normal rhythm of breaths before standing on his feet. The pain may have been gone but Al still felt like he a bit sore, especially on his arm. He grabbed the envelope while frowning and walked out of the room. He desperately wanted fresh air after feeling how stuffy it was in the house so he waited for Cali to come along before heading outside.
Cali used the chair to pull herself up, she said a quick goodbye to Dana before following Al outside. As soon as they stepped over the threshold the door swung shut behind them and Cali frowned as she walked off the creaky front porch. So far everything looked the same to her, didn’t Dana say it was going to change? Maybe it took a while… she sighed and turned to Al. “So, what now? Do you want to go to my house for a bit?”
Al took a quick glance at the envelope then stuffed it in his inner jacket to keep it hidden. "Yeah, let's go," he said walking swiftly. He really wanted to get away from that house. It was starting to get dark. Al didn't even realize how long they've been stuck in that house until now. He sighed, "We're so gonna get yelled at."
Cali flinched at the thought, “Oh great.” She mumbled, walking beside him. “We’ll just say that we went to the movies… You can stay the night at my house so that you have an excuse.” She said as they walked through the forest and through the fog to the tree line.
"Okay, sounds good," Al replied, walking on the dirt path that led to town. He walked off a bit to go towards the spot where he hid his bike earlier, not wanting to have to come back and pick it up later. The forest had now become a 'completely avoid' place for Al since it now gave him the creeps. He never wanted to go near it again nor did he ever want to think about it. Sadly for him though, his room looks out into the forest. Once he pulled his bike out from a giant shrub, he pulled it along back onto the dirt road beside him.
Cali walked along the dirt path with Al, stopping and waiting for him to grab his bike before turning onto a small makeshift path that led to her house. Cali lives in a farmhouse on the outskirts of town, a fairly large property that she had ventured around for her whole life, she knew it like the back of her hand by the age of seven. They rounded a small corner that led to a steep hill, Cali could see her house from there and she could also see that her parents werent home... they were in luck.
"Looks like we're lucky," Al said pushing his bike to lean up against the side of Cali's house when he saw her parents weren't home. "Is it okay if I borrow your phone? I want to call my parents to let them know I'm staying at your house before I go home tomorrow and get grounded for not letting them know where I've been."
Cali nodded and hopped up onto the front porch before pulling out her key and unlocking the front door and pushing it open. She went into the kitchen and grabbed the cordless phone, handing it to Al before walking over to the fridge and removing the magnet, releasing a note that her parents had left,
"Gone out for a few hours.
Took Philip with us.
Pizza money is on the counter.
Mom & Dad."
Good, they wouldn't have to take care of her little brother tonight either, they were completely alone to think things through and figure out what they were going to do about everything.
Al called his parents, who were furious, and told them about seeing a movie with Cali and that he was staying the night at her house. The phone call took longer than he wanted it too as his mother lectured him about telling them where he was every hour. Al just rolled his eyes and said, "Okay, I'll make sure to do that next time. Love you. Bye." Then he hung up. He walked up to Cali. "Sorry, that took a awhile."
Cali shrugged, "I used my cell phone to call for a pizza while you were talking to your mom, no big deal." She grabbed two cans of soda out of the fridge and handed one to Al before heading up the stairs and down the hall to her room. Her room was spacious with glass doors leading out onto a balcony. She had her own bathroom connected to the bedroom and a small closet next to that. Her bedroom was a dark purple colour with black and lime green accents, a wooden desk was placed against one wall next to a book case which held all her novels and some other knick knacks. A black and green queen size bed sit against one wall, she walked over to it, kicked off her shoes and flopped down, laying on her back.
Al sat at the foot of Cali's bed. "So~," he started, pulling the envelope out, "What do we do?" He looked at the envelope as if it had the answer then at her when he recieved none. "Dana said we had to master the powers she gave us but do you have any idea exactly what we have to do or what they are? Because I know I don't." He frowned.
Cali sat up and pushed herself up against the pillows, taking the envelope from Al and putting it into the top drawer of her bedside table. “I’m not sure.” She sighed. “Powers… that just sounds funny, like were in some kind of new supernatural movie or something.” A small smile spread across her face at the thought before fading completely “Oh man… what have we gotten ourselves into.” She mumbled, pulling her knees against her chest.
"I bet this is a nightmare," Al thought aloud, nodding his head to confirm it. "I mean, there's no way magic can be real. It'd be cool, but there's no way. That being said... What do we do with the envelope? It's just a blank piece of paper. Why keep it?"
Cali frowned, “How could we be having the same nightmare?” She asked before adding. “I’m keeping the envelope… just in case.” The doorbell rang and Calalily ran down to get the door, paying the pizza guy before locking the door and bringing the pizza up to her room. She set it down on the bed and flicked on the TV. “Let’s just forget about it. Eat pizza, relax and watch a movie. Like normal.” She smiled and got up, grabbing a few movies and spreading them out on the bed for Al to pick.
Al grinned at Cali. "That is the best option I've heard all day." He glanced among the movies and picked the most obvious one for a guy like him to pick. "Indiana Jones. A classic and full of adventure," he said picking up the movie and holding it up to his head. "What do you say?" Al smiled at Cali, hoping she'd say yes.