Character/s: Morgana, Merlin, Gwen, Arthur
Summary: Morgana discovers an old spell book and decides to try it out.
Word Count: 765
Prompt: #232, the cam before the storm
Author's Notes: I've never written horror before, so hopefully this has a little in it. I tried!
Morgana smiled as she exited the magic shop. The spell book had been an excellent find. It was sure to enhance her annual Halloween/Samhain party. It had plenty of authentic-looking spells in it, and she planned to try it out on that night, after everyone but her best friends had gone home.
When she got home, she lay on her bed and cracked open the book. She browsed through it, noting the use of at least four languages, including Latin and old English. Some of the shorter spells she looked up with various internet translators. Those we pretty simple ones, like starting fire or creating water. Soon she had to put it away to work on her homework, though it remained in the back of her mind.
Soon the day of the party arrived. Morgana invited her best friend, Gwen, and her boyfriend, Merlin over to help decorate the house. She conned her half-brother, Arthur, into helping by telling him Gwen would be there—he had a crush on her. Her father and stepmother always left that weekend for a short holiday because they wanted nothing to do with the party. They trusted Morgana to run the party well and clean up after, and she always did.
The four friends enjoyed putting up fake cobwebs and creating creepy food. Morgana even had the perfect Halloween party playlist, which they listened to while they worked. When everything was finally done, they all went to separate rooms to change into their costumes.
Morgana dressed in a lacy black dress with a slit up to her knee. She was going for sexy witch, and in her opinion, she’d nailed it. She’s know for sure when Merlin saw it. Arthur dressed as a knight, complete with chainmail he’d bought at a Ren fair. Gwen had sewed her own princess dress and found a gorgeous crown at a secondhand shop. Merlin always dressed as a wizard in a starry robe, playing off of his name, and Arthur always made fun of him for it.
The party went well. There was plenty of dancing and even a few silly party games. Fortunately, no one got drunk and/or sick, so Morgana didn’t have to worry about that. Everyone appeared to enjoy themselves, so she patted herself on the back and called it good.
Gwen started to clean up but Morgana stopped her. “Come on, I have something in my room I want to show you guys.”
Arthur and Merlin came over. “Gana, what is it?” Merlin asked.
“You’ll have to wait and see. Come on!” She led the way upstairs to her room and pulled the heavy old book out from beneath her bed. “Check this out.”
“An old book?” Arthur scoffed. “We have plenty of those in the library.”
“Not like this. It’s a spell book.”
“A spell book?” Merlin reached out for the cover and touched it. He pulled his hand away quickly. “Do you feel that? It’s warm.”
“Well the heating’s in the floor,” Morgana replied.
“Not like that. It’s . . . I can’t describe it. Familiar maybe? But I’ve never seen this before.”
“Let’s open it,” Gwen said.
“All right. Let’s sit on the floor in a circle.” Merlin and Arthur sat next to her and Gwen across from her. “I have this really cool-looking spell all picked out to try.”
“Whoa,” Arthur replied. “You’re going to try and cast a spell? Are you serious?”
“Look at the book, Arthur, it seems genuine to me,” Merlin said.
“You just want to stay on your girlfriend’s good side.”
Merlin frowned. “No, it’s not that. It just feels real. Like these could really work.”
Arthur noticed Gwen watching him curiously. “Oh, all right then. Let’s try it out.”
“I knew you’d come around,” Morgana smirked. “Okay, here’s the right page.” She flipped to a page she had marked. It was colorfully decorated, which led Morgana to believe it was a good, positive spell. “I hope I’m saying this right. “Ácwiðe ús þe gedryhte for ús alifians.”
Merlin watched as Morgana’s eyes lit up as if on fire. “Gana, your eyes—”
He was cut off by a terrible scream that seemed to emanate from everywhere at once. The lights went out in the room and there was a rumbling like thunder, though it had been perfectly clear outside. A figure began to coalesce in front of them. It eventually resolved to that of an ancient-looking woman who looked to have the sadness of ages in her eyes. She pointed her finger at Morgana and opened her mouth to speak.