Wednesday, October 31, 2007

A Strange Procession

(Miranda's House. 10:47 p.m. Halloween night.)

Miranda: Well, see, Bess? That's exactly what I'm talking about when I say they're all just corrupt. I was just reading...

(knock on door)

Miranda: Excuse me a minute, Bess.

Miranda: Taelyn... I swear that if you knock on this door and say "Trick or Treat" one more time I'm gonna...

Miranda: Oh, hey Vee. Are you okay? You look like you've seen a ghost!

Devika: I don't know what I saw, Miri. I really don't. Can I come in please?

Miranda: Of course!

Miranda: You're awfully pale, Vee. Do you want some coffee or something?

Devika: No, no. Let me just tell you and Hitty what I saw and you can tell me what you think, okay?

Miranda: Sure, Vee.

Hitty Rosabelle: Of course, Devika.

Devika: I had dinner with Saoirse and Andi tonight. And it happened as I was leaving.

Devika: I'd said my "good nights" and was headed home, when I heard a horse nickering. I looked over and saw...

Devika: Freya riding in through the sunroom doors.

Devika: But it wasn't just her. It was this strange, slow little procession. Some kind of wagon, with bars on the windows, behind Freya, and then the other girls riding their horses too.

Devika: Well, Ophelia was riding that spider of hers. But they were all just silently riding along, around the wagon.

Devika: The wagon was being driven by your SISTER!

Miranda: If Ariel's involved, it can't be good.

Devika: Well, there was someone in the wagon, behind the bars. But they didn't seem like they were being mean to him or anything. When Ophelia rode her spider up by the window, I heard her say "Almost there" to the person inside.

Hitty Rosabelle: Almost where, Devika?

Devika: Well, you know they've got that big house in the parlor now, right?

Miranda: Oh yeah, I forgot that got moved over here.

Hitty Rosabelle: Yes, I read about that. I haven't seen it yet, though.

Devika: Well, I watched them go down the hallway and turn, right into the parlor. They were taking their prisoner to their house!

Devika: I just felt like they shouldn't know I was watching, I dunno why. But by the time I'd snuck over close enough to their house to get a look, they'd taken their prisoner out of the wagon, and Hera was tending the horses.

Devika: Freya had turned on all the lights in the house and was running upstairs. Ariel and Eris were escorting a guy with wild, curly brown hair into the house.

Miranda: (snicker) Well, whatever means Ariel has to use to pick up a date, isn't really my business.

Hitty Rosabelle: Oh, Miri!

Devika: Well, you see, that's the really weird thing. I don't think it was like that at all. I think...

Devika: Well, he was all chained up and stuff, but he didn't seem upset about it. And... Miri... well, here's the really creepy part.

Devika: He looked just like you and Ariel! Like he could be your twin brother!

Miranda: So you didn't hit your head or anything while you were over at Saoirse and Andi's house, did you?

Devika: Oh Miri! No. I... well, I don't think so. (sigh) Maybe I am just losing it.

Hitty Rosabelle: But Miri, you HAVE a brother, don't you?

Miranda: Yeah, we DO have a brother and he was supposed to come visit, but said something suddenly came up and he couldn't. Can't say he's ever visited in shackles before, though. And why would he be visiting the Creepy Sisters? Weird. Just weird, Vee. But I think I might have a few questions to ask my dear sister, Ariel, now.