CHAPTER FOUR HUNDRED AND SEVENTY-NINE
“Sandy!” Honey yelled.
Honey pulled a can of hairspray from a pocket in her wheelchair. Sandy held up a hand and Honey threw the can of hairspray in her direction. Sandy caught the hairspray and grabbed the lighter. Sandy lit the stream of hairspray Honey was holding and then her own. Honey pointed behind the creature and Sandy nodded.
Honey rushed the creature and Sandy went behind him. The moment the fire hit the dark energy, Delphie screamed “BE GONE!” at the same moment the sprite screamed something in a foreign language.
The dark creature seemed to shrink with the fire.
“She’s going to jump!” Delphie screamed from her spot on the couch. “Use the salt!”
Ivy grabbed the tin of salt. She tipped it over and poured the rest of its contents into Noelle’s hands. Noelle ran to the creature.
“Okay,” Sandy yelled. “We’ll move away. One, two, three — throw it!”
“Spray it into the fire!” Delphie screamed. “Nash! Aden!”
Aden and Nash ran toward the door. They squirted a thick stream saltwater at the dark energy. With the sea salt falling from above and the saltwater from the side, the dark energy recoiled directly into the fire. There was an eerie squeal as the dark energy melted into the logs. The fire flared up for a good minute before it died to a normal level.
The silence was deafening. They panted to catch their breath.
“How is it?” Honey dared to ask.
“We are clear,” Delphie said.
“Sprite?” Honey asked the creature in the crystal on her lap.
“Show me!” the Sprite said.
Aden lifted the crystal from Honey’s lap. He carried her along every wall, the ceiling, and the floor, as well as every piece of furniture in the room. He’d just set the Sprite into Honey’s lap when the tiny fairies arrived.
“Gone,” the Sprite said.
Everyone cheered. The fairies voices grew in size as their bodies grew. Delphie slowly came out of her trance. They congratulated each other with great cheer.
“Shower!” Nash called as he started toward the door.
“We’re not done!” Delphie said.
“We’re not?” Nash asked. “Oh right, I need to be saged.”
“No,” Delphie said. “Well, you do, but that’s not it.”
They all turned to look at Delphie.
“We need to add back positive energy,” Delphie said. “If we leave this room sterile, any old kind of energy can come in here. We need to add back positive, optimistic energy.”
“That’s what the sweet grass is for!” Edie said in an excited voice. “I wondered when you asked for it.”
“We light the sweet grass,” Delphie said with a nod. “But first … Let’s create a circle. Abi, will you lead us?”
Delphie held out her hands. Ivy and Noelle took them. Sandy took Ivy’s hand and Nash took Sandy’s free hand. Edie took Nash’s hand and Aden held out his hand to Edie. She smiled at him and took his hand with one hand and Honey’s with her other hand. Fin took Honey’s hand and kissed the back of it.
“What’s that for?” Honey asked.
Denver Cereal continues tomorrow…
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