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The Search for Fraidy Cat - Eileen, Witch Supreme...where are you?
By Trish MacQueen - The Trickster
Friday, October 17, 2008

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Well, it would seem this is the kick-off for this year's Halloween taunting for Witch Supreme, Eileen.... after all, it wouldn't be Halloween without the dueling witches having a wee go around.

You game, old gal.

Hugs, Trish

A witch, a ghost, and a mummy walk into a bar expecting to find their long-time Halloween friend, Fraidy Cat, that can normally be found draped over the piano bar listening to Sarah Siamese yowling out a melodic old world jazz number. As they stand in the doorway allowing their eyes to adjust to the unexpected darkness, they realize the place is in total silence. There is no music drifting from the stage; in fact, there is no lighting on the stage…the spotlight is missing and the place is eerily quiet.

As they strain to hear the slightest sound, a loud screeching pierces the air and causes them to jump back in fright. Turning slightly, Wanda, the witch tucks in behind, Misty, the mummy and crouches down a tad. She is quivering. The sound reminded her of the times she has heard them burn her sisters in Salem and she was fearful she would succumb to the same fate in the pitch-blackness of the “Demon’s Bar”.

Misty giggled at Wanda and pointed to one of the exposed rafters under the roofline where a screech owl sat quietly staring down upon them. It seemed to mock their fright just by being so silent. Gale the Ghost turn to see what Misty was giggling about and then scolded both of them for being so silly. Gale was always the bossy mother type and constantly told the others she travelled with what to do. This time, she suggested they spread out and started to search for Sarah and Fraidy. She was sure that the Demon’s Bar had closed early and they had missed them, as they moved onto a different bar to enjoy the night’s entertainment.

The group split, heading different directions to check out the local bars that the two missing ones frequented on a regular basis. At each bar, the searcher popped its head in long enough to survey the crowd, before moving onto the next location. After about an hour, with none of them turning up the pair, they gathered back at the Demon’s Bar looking rather sheepish and defeated. They were no place to be found.

Much discussion followed, but none of them could think of any place else to look and finally gave up and headed down to the local hob goblin emporium to consume some giggling fingers. The best place in town was Grenna’s. She was once a famous Goblin, but today her powers had passed and she was forced to perform slave labour for her patrons. She was a friendly sort, although she had a tendency to be a wee bit snappy if anyone happened to mention the disappearing act, Eileen, the “Queen Witch Supreme” pulled on her back in the old days when Goblins were expected to triumph over newly anointed witches, or lose their rewards if they didn’t. Grenna had been one of the unfortunate that had not seen Eileen collect the emerald rocks that super-sized her casting spells, which left her blind and unable to defend herself against the inevitable.

Outside Grenna’s, the group stopped and peered in the dirty, web encased windows hoping to see who else was dinning before they entered. They were in no mood to fend off unwelcome spirits this evening. The room was dimly lit, at best, but the group finally managed to decipher who or what each being sitting around the room was and decided to enter using the rear door. This way they would have time to do one final check before stepping into the open room.

Drifting silently through the alley, they stopped for a second at the back door, before yanking it open to enter cautiously. Each stepped in and stood silent listening intently. The mumbling was deafening, but still one had to be careful.

As they rounded the corner into the main room, a echoing scream hit them and they froze, turning towards the sound… They could not believe what their eyes could see!

It was Fraidy Cat, standing on top of the baby grand, shrieking out the most ear-piercing, awful sounding music the trio had ever heard. In a chair beside the piano bar, sat Sarah the Siamese with her face all scrunched up and fingers planted firmly in her ears, and looking like she was suffering horrible pain.

Gale, Misty, and Wanda looked at each other and then started to laugh, for they understood now, without a doubt, why all the unwelcome spirits had decided to relocate to a place a little more relaxing and quiet. Fraidy had finally managed to find a way to frighten someone away…. All it took was a “Moonlight Serenade.”
 

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Reviewed by Elizabeth Russo 10/21/2008
Very entertaining and appropriate to the season. It is a cute tale that engages the reader and holds their interest. Best of luck in the contest! Happy Halloween! Best, Elizabeth :)
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 10/17/2008
Adorable story, Trickster; so nice to see you here! Very well penned; brava! Enjoyed the art, too!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor 10/17/2008
Cute story, Trish.

Love,
Bette
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 10/17/2008
Howdy, Tricky Trickster, how are you?

What an engaging little search for Eileen in story form - well done!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

I've missed you!
Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson 10/17/2008
Lordy be, look what fell out a tree.
Witchy Eileen be round here somewhere.
Love ya Trish. Always!
Ron


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