Wonderings on a Halloween Party

Hello, hello!  Please come in, won't you take a seat by the fire.  I have a Halloween tale especially for you.

The clock strikes quarter to midnight on Halloween and a house stands dark and abandoned.

The silence is suddenly broken by the click click of footfall and then the lighting of a match.  A solitary figure starts to light the candles along the mantelpiece, the cold and musty room slowly reveals itself.

Chairs and furniture are covered in dustsheets, books sit piled atop one another, the damp turning their once richly coloured covers, dull and mottled.

The figure is a lady and as she reaches the last of the candles she stops, her eyes drawn to the photo that still stands, a portrait of a man gazes adoringly down the lens.

She reaches out and softly runs her finger over his face, a soft sad sigh escaping from her.


Stepping away she looks around searching for and then finding the old record player, the soft haunting tones of a cello chasing the final ghosts of silence from the room.  Satisfied she moves towards the table to begin her work and starts to arrange queer little jars and objects before finally placing a large bowl in the middle.

Something soft brushes over her feet and she smiles down at the cat watching her intently.

“Soon my darling, soon we shall see him again”.

A piece of paper flutters down off the table and she bends to pick up, a creased, cut out piece of newspaper tells the tale of a man killed in a fire on Halloween, the picture of the man is the same as that on the mantelpiece, a man thought to have been leader of a Coven of witches.

Folding up the paper and placing it in her pocket she checks the time, it’s now 5 to midnight and she must work quickly.  She sits and her nimble fingers start to measure and spoon items from the jars into the bowl, all the while she whispers to herself.

“Virgin tears, 2 teaspoons of bats blood........

Angel feathers and this witch’s love..........

Master of the Underworld I make this prayer to thee.
Open the gates this Halloween and return my love to me.”

Her spell complete, she nervously sits back on her chair and a clock starts to chime midnight.  A soft breeze catches the candles and there is a soft tap tap at the window.  She starts at the sound, not expecting a reaction so quickly and a little scared about what to expect, nonetheless she makes her way over to the door and then steps outside into the darkness.

She stands for a moment the cool breeze refreshing on her hot, tense face, allowing her eyes to adjust for a moment she peers into the darkness looking for any sign that the spell has worked.  Still unable to see, she steps back inside and takes one of the candles off the table, the soft glow illuminating a small patch of the yard and cocooning her from the rest of the night.

She makes her way down the garden the candle lighting the path tred many times by the couple, heading towards their favourite spot, a little opening by the river.  She thinks of all the times they had escaped down here, away from the pressures of the Coven and the hatred of the townsfolk, they’d dance under the light of the moon, just two people in love.

The hatred from the town had grown too big and too angry, and........ she stopped herself, quickly blocking that memory of a year ago from her mind, that was over now and all that was left was ash and death.

Finding herself at the clearing, she looks around, the soft running of the river soothing on her ears.

Suddenly there is a soft tap on her shoulder and she holds her breath, too scared for a moment to turn around.  Will it be him?  Could this be it?

She breathes in and catches a familiar scent, soft cigar smoke and sandlewood, she smiles and turns to face her lover.  The sound from the cello softly makes its way down the garden and he takes her into his arms.  Swaying gently, they take up the familiar stance and begin to dance under the moonlight once more.

Although the year may be cold and grey as the Witch walks the path of life alone, from this year on, at Halloween from midnight until dawn, she is reunited with her beloved and the light will return.

The End

Thank you so much for sitting through my little tale of Witchcraft, Halloween and Romance, I hope you enjoyed it.  Thank you as well to Vanessa at A Fanciful Twist for holding yet another wonderful party, I look forward to seeing everybodies contributions.

One final thank you to my gorgeous C, who is always willing to take part in my crazy ideas and especially for his help with the photos. :-)


Queenie Believe said…
Most excellent Halloween tale with wonderful images to match.
Have a great day.
Always, Queenie
apinkdreamer said…
what a magical post!!!happy halloween!!!

Lyn said…
What a fantastic post! Love all the photos :D
MARLOU B. said…
I like your story.
Magical post. Happy halloween!!
Anet said…
Wonderful tale...
Happy Halloween to you!
Linda said…
I had a great time at your party. Your photos were awesome, you did a great job. I love your things too. Thank you for your comment. It means a lot.
Hello! Great post! Thanks for the visit! Have a beautiful time visiting and blessings to you!
WrightStuff said…
Ooh yes I did enjoy it. Well written.
Mad Madam Mel said…
what a magically romantic halloween tale :) thankyou for sharing and for visiting my party too :)
MJ Ornaments said…
What a great story! Thanks very much! Take care, Martha
Very cool story!!!
Love the pictures!
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Peach said…
Thanks for sharing your lovely story with us!! I am so glad that she was reunited with him.

Lovely photos too!!

Have a Happy Halloween!!!


Magaly Guerrero said…
I almost sat to read one of your dusty books, but your sweet love tale was so much more interesting. To wait a whole year has to make this Witch's love reunion amazing.

Happy Fanciful All Hallow's Eve!
Vero said…
Woaw! Thank you for this nice story!
Happy Halloween!
KathrynAntyr said…
I always love a good romance. Thanks to your gorgeous C for being a willing participant!

When you get back on your broomstick swing by my blog - I'm serving brain tonic and three witches brew. Mildred the spider will give you a ride to the river where you can pick up a boat that will take you on one magical adventure.

Have fun visiting all of the parties today.

This was such a fabulous tale! Thanks very much!!! I loved it!

Hope you'll come and visit with me:

Enjoy the festivities! :) Theresa
Miz Creatrix said…
Just beautiful! I so very much enjoyed your story...I love a good paranormal romance. This one was simply perfect for the party and to help bring in the spirit of the season. I'm really glad I have discovered your blog!

If you're in the mood for a little Samhain spiritual "incantation" of sorts, feel free to stop by my place when you have a chance.

Happy Halloween!
Jo said…
Delightful tale! Happy Halloween to you & yours! Hope you'll drop by, http://digginaround.blogspot.com/2011/10/time-is-upon-us-once-again.html
Carmen Esposito said…
Lovely! Lovers reunited - a romantic Halloween. And he's a hottie too! Wow.

Have a wonderful Halloween!
What a beautiful romantic tale. And the images were just as lovely.

Have a Happy Halloween!

Maggie said…
What a wonderful tale of magical love.
Cameron said…
Your writing swept me up...and right into the story!
I really enjoyed it...thank you!!
Linda said…
fabulous post and I love your story!
Misty said…
What a beautiful, romantic love story! Thanks for sharing :) Blessings and Happy Halloween!!!
Melinda said…
lovely romantic Halloween story! Thanks for sharing that and also for stopping by my party and leaving me such nice comments also!
Great story & wonderful photos to go along with it! I like the apothecary jars a lot :)

Thank you for visiting my party and for the kind words!

Happy Halloween!
Donna Patrice said…
Such a romantic, magical witchy tale - Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

Thank you for taking the time to stop by my own little place for zombie cookies and storytelling. Enjoy the rest of the weekend festivities!

spiceblogger said…
Chillingly spooky story....
Thank you for hosting such a ghoulish party ;)

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Jen said…
You're a wonderful writer Rachel! I loved reading your story. Hauntingly romantic. Thank you for stopping by my party!

Bobbypin Bandit said…
Your spell photos are awesome! I quite enjoyed your spell casting!
Artfully Musing said…
What spooky fun! I love reading your story and the twist at the end. A Happy Halloween to you.
bertie said…
What a magical and romantic story! I wanted to see him in the end, but I am sure the magic only made her able to see him! I loved this, found your post very original and really fitting for the season...so often it is all about candy and fun and the remembrance of loved ones can get lost. Thank you for bringing it back to our minds. Also, thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving your kind comment. Brightest Blessings for a magical Halloween! bertie
Linda said…
I had a great time at your party. I loved your tale and your visuals to go along with it were great too.
Thank you for sharing it all. Please visit me:
Sarah said…
I did enjoy your darkly romantic tale, and am glad that at least once a year the witch gets to see her man. I especially like the shot of the river-it looks lovely there.
Susan said…
Merry Meet!
That was awesome, and bittersweet, ::sigh:: So haunting your tale, has me wondering of all the lost loves of the world!
Thanks for sharing. I am a new follower also :)
Wonderful, tragic, spooky, marvelous!!

I loooved your spell making photos too, they are really magical!!

Thank you so much for your beautiful displays and hard work!! Loved my visit!

♥ Vanessa {A Fanciful Twist}
afoodie said…
What a magical tale.
I enjoyed your story very much. Come by and visit my Halloween party if you can. Happy Halloween!!
Denise said…
Wonderfully spooky!Thanks for visiting my place :)
Jennifer said…
Oh I love a good story! That was really fantastic, thank you for sharing it. By the way, what a handsome warlock :) hehe! Happy Halloween!

Donna said…
Spooky and bewitching .. loved the tale you told ! Great imagery too !
Chrislyn said…
What a lovely, bittersweet tale. My favorite kind! The hauntingly beautiful photos were the perfect compliment!
Thank you for visiting my party!

Have a wonderful spooky Halloween!
Thanks so much for visiting my party. I really loved your love story with a bit of spookiness added to it. Hope you have a fantastic Halloween.
Parabolic Muse said…
This is an evocative tale, with really gorgeous photos to go with it. I love the last one especially. Good work making them spooky and lovely, C!

A wonderfully original post!
Milady Leela said…
Awesome party post!!! thanks for leaving me a comment at my party too. It seems that the blue faery is a favorite of most♥

Much Love,
Lisa said…
Oh how beautifully written. I enjoyed every word of it. Hope you can stop by my enchanted oven for party sweets.
Laurie said…
Thank you for visiting my party! Happy Halloween! :)
Christy said…
What a magical halloween tale! Happy halloween!!
Micupoftea~ said…
Great photo sequence to go with the story...love the last shot at the river! Hope you stop by for tea~
Dana Wright said…
I loved that. Great story and photo sequence. :)


Dana @ http://onthebroomstick.blogspot.com/
Ms Misantropia said…
What a wonderful and sensous tale! I wish the Witch and her beau a wonderful Samhain :)

Enchanting Romantic Tale & Magickal Pics...

Please fly by my party when you can...
Hauntingly Yours, Lyndy >^..^<

Princess Diana's Wedding Ring Giveaway & Haunted Halloween Party:

P.S. This ring can be used as a Magickal Dowser...
Oh my I love magical stories of Romance! This was splendid! I so loved your party. It was my first year to participate next year I wil do a better job I do believe;)
Magic Gypsy said…
What a beautiful and bittersweet tale. The pictures and story are so romantic! Thank you.
Thanks for stopping by at my blog :) I am so sorry it took me this long to travel back...my dragon got lost..., I love your black/white photographs to accompany your story.
Had a blast !
Happy Halloween :)

Jo said…
Sincerest apologies for my delay in thanking you kindly for dropping by my Halloween Party post! The skeletons have had dreadful tummy aches & that darn broom flew off on its own again :o)
Wendy said…
OH how I looooooove tragic romances, and this was certainly a most Hauntingly Romantic story. I am so glad I stopped by.
Please do stop by for a cup or two of Pumpkin TEA at my MAD HALLOWEEN PARTY. We would love to have you for a visit.
Spells and Wishes
Wendy from Wonderland
Lisa said…
love the tale and photos!
thanks for having me!
Happy Halloween
lisa by the bay
Charlotte said…
A beautiful mixture of spooky and romantic and I love the photographs within your tale.
I loved your very spooky and very romantic story! It seems that perhaps your Dear C and my Dear V went to the same School of How to Be Lovely! I'm so glad I was able to come by and visit. I'm just now catching up with all of my visitors to The Tearoom from last weekend.

Wishing you a wonderfully spooky Halloween!


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