Eh, I feel like my life has gone out of control. And it seems like some of my friends' lives are falling apart. I wish I could make things right again for both my friends and me, but I can't. And I'm still going to be stubborn and not take my medication or go to the counseling center or anything. *sticks tongue out* I'm fine. Really. Just insane.
I'm still kinda stuck on the novel, but I was able to write a little. I wrote a bit during Tuesday group (we did an exercise with palindromes) and a little a minute ago. Comments? Suggestions? Cabbages?
Apparently copying and pasting wreaks havoc on punctuation, so some of those question marks are supposed to be commas or ellipses. Silly LJ...
Closing her eyes, Virginia stood in her magic circle and closed her fingers over a fistful of salt. She visualized the salt as the dry earth, aching for rain. Dipping her fingers into a dixie cup of water, she sprinkled the drops over the salt. Imagining rain falling through the trees, she let the salt fall from her fingers to the forest floor.
She read through the handwritten spell again, wondering if she should say something or perhaps pray. It was her first time casting a spell, and she wished she knew what she was doing.
"Well, perhaps that was pointless�" she murmured to herself, releasing the circle and pouring the rest of the water on the ground. She reached to snuff the candles, but a drop of water splashed out one of the flames. Another drop landed on her head, then on her hand. The trees rustled, and heavy clouds gathered overhead.
"Whoah� it worked�" she gazed at the sky, blinking when a raindrop splashed on her cheek.
"Of course it worked," said a voice from her left. Virginia looked over and saw a little girl in overalls, pigtails, and bare feet sitting on a rock. Or perhaps she wasn't a little girl but a childlike young woman. "It's raining, isn't it?"
"How long have you been sitting there?"
The girl shrugged. "Since it started raining. But you didn't hear me, I bet. People usually don't hear me when I come, unless it's in a flash of lightning or something."
"You're not English, are you? You have an accent. Are you an American?"
The girl shrugged. "I'm a bit of everything, I guess. I must have picked up this accent in Seattle. But you must be English. You have the accent."
"How can you be a bit of everything?"
"Uh� I travel a lot," the girl twisted her fingers and looked at the ground.
"Who are you, anyway?" Virginia asked.
"Well� just Annie. No last name, but I've acquired a few titles over the years."
"Don't ask," Annie interrupted.
"Where do you live?"
"Ummm�" Annie bit her lip and watched a chipmunk scurry up a tree. "I have a trailer somewhere� sometimes I stay with my friend Andy in Hawaii, Washington, and California� sometimes I live in Washington, I have a cabin in the mountains. And I go to India a lot."
Virginia sighed. Annie didn't make sense to her, and if she was so reluctant and ambiguous, she must have been hiding something.
"Well, why are you here in the woods in Cornwall?"
Annie shrugged. "I came with the rain. Though I suppose I didn't need to, since you obviously wanted the rain and therefore wouldn't consider it bad weather�"
"Uh� well, since it isn't a lightning storm, I suppose it isn't."
"Well then," Annie stood on the rock. "That can be fixed." She gazed up at the sky, raised her arms, and a flash of lightning illuminated the sky. Thunder rumbled, and Annie grinned. "There we go, one lightning storm." Lightning crackled again, and the rain fell harder.
Virginia stared at Annie, who giggled and hopped off the rock. She couldn't have called lightning� could she? But if Virginia had made it rain, then surely Annie could have turned it into a storm.
"Who are you, really? Are you a witch? Did you just use magic?"
"Funny you're the one asking," said Annie. "You're the one who cast a rain spell. You're the wannabe witch, Virginia. You're just testing your powers. I know what my powers are and how to use them. You're just experimenting with what you can do."
Virginia stepped back. She hadn't told Annie her name, had she?
"I'm not a witch. I'm a�" Annie paused. "Uh, I'm a girl. With powers. Yes. And I should be going, or I'll get in trouble again."
"Hold on," Virginia ran up to Annie and grabbed one of her overall straps. "What's this about getting in trouble?"
"Nothing. The council is just strict about what I tell mortals." Annie froze. "I mean, people. Shit!"
Virginia touched Annie's shoulder. It was cold, almost icy. She backed away, then ran to her makeshift altar and started throwing her things into her backpack. "You're not human are you?"
Annie shook her head. "I'm toast. That's the fifth time this year." And with that, she fizzled into a puff of silvery blue glitter.
Virginia stood there, staring at the rock where Annie had stood. The glitter fell to the forest floor into a small puddle of water. Virginia knelt down and dipped a finger into the water. It felt much colder than the rain. Virginia noticed the lightning had stopped, and the rain slowed to a drizzle. She brushed her long, wet purple hair away from her face and looked into the puddle. The glitter swirled around in the water as it slowly sank into the ground. Virginia dipped her water bottle in the puddle and took as much of it as she could. Then, heart pounding, she grabbed her bag and went home.
That evening, Virginia went out to dinner with her girlfriend, Ella. They ate Portobello sandwiches at the Jade Dwarf Caf�, then rented a chick flick to watch at Ella's house. Virginia's mother couldn't deal with the idea of her daughter dating another girl, but Ella's parents were more open-minded. They were willing to at least give the girls some privacy, and they never interrogated them.
Virginia tried to pay attention to the movie, but she kept thinking about Annie an how she had just vanished into a cloud of glitter. Ella seemed interested in the movie, but Virginia just stared at the ground. Why couldn't it just make sense? What was Annie talking about, and why did she refer to Virginia as a "mortal?"
Virginia sighed and lay her head on Ella's shoulder. Ella squeezed her hand and asked, "What's wrong?"
"Just� something. Something weird."
"Well I think David is really stupid, it's so obvious that Janae is in love with him," Ella gestured to the screen.
"Nurse, I spy gypsies, run!" David cried, grabbing Janae's wrist.
"No, not the movie," Virginia groaned. "The movie sucks. I'm talking about my life here."
Ella paused the film and turned to Virginia. "Wanna talk about it?"
"You wouldn't believe me."
Ella raised an eyebrow. "Is it about that spell you tried today?"
"Sort of. I think I invoked something."
"Like the rain?"
"Well that too, but� this girl just kind of showed up."
Virginia nodded. "She was weird. She didn't know what the heck she was talking about, and she literally vanished into thin air."
Ella stared at her, then put a cool palm to her forehead. "You're sure about this?"
"I don't know," Virginia moaned, wrapping her arms around Ella. "I'm confused. I don't know what's going on�"
Ella kissed her on the forehead and traced her spine with a finger. "Whatever you say, sweetcakes. Magic can be pretty powerful. You sure you knew what you were doing?"
"I� I don't know. I just wanted to see if I could make it rain."
"You did magic just for the sake of doing magic? Look, I've never done any of that woo-woo stuff, but I know you shouldn't mess with magic. Well, unless you go to Hogwarts, but even then�"
"Mmmph�" Virginia mumbled into Ella's shoulder. Ella scratched her behind the ears. "I'm so stupid�" she whispered.
"You're not stupid, just a bit� na�ve."