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A scream in a cemetery could mean all sorts of things. Sometimes ghastly, gruesome things. Other times it might herald nothing more than a practical joke.
Damon, scratching his chin, mused that in the days running up to Samhain, it could be either. So there was only one way to find out which one it was that night. He was going to have to investigate.
The scream had come from Damon’s left, so he headed off in that direction at a brisk pace. The path he was on took him down a steadily sloping hill and then meandered through a small clump of trees which was lovingly referred to by the residents as “The Wee Woods” because of its size. On the other side, the landscape opened up once more to reveal a densely-packed swathe of memorials, dating to some of the earliest – and grandest – burials.
‘Are you going to walk past me without even a hello or a nod?’ a sulky voice said from out of the gloom.
Damon stopped and turned. Sitting on top of a long, flat tomb of marble was Tabitha Stephenson, all dressed up like the witch she was.
‘I thought we were friends,’ she pouted.
‘I thought we were best friends.’
‘I thought we were besom buddies.’
Damon rolled his eyes. Tabitha was easily offended and knew how to hold a grudge. ‘I heard a scream. Thought I better check it out.’
‘There’s always screaming round here. It’s a cemetery. What do you expect?’
‘This close to The Veil thinning…it could be serious. And it is my job.’
‘But you could spare a few minutes to exchange pleasantries with an old pal.’
‘Not while I’m working. Someone could very well be getting murdered as we speak.’
‘Suit yourself,’ she muttered, switching on a little lantern and pulling her knitting from her bag. ‘Run off and save the world. Don’t spare a thought for a lonely friend.’
And, believing a time-sensitive issue might be unfolding as he stood there wasting time, Damon did just that.
However, he didn’t get very far…
To be continued…
Written for: 13 Days of Samhain vol ii: Day 2 – Besom Buddies