CHAPTER FOUR HUNDRED AND SEVENTY-NINE
“I know it’s hot,” Delphie said. “But don’t change your clothing. Nash, pull down your sleeves. You don’t want this on your skin.”
“Even though you will take salt scrub showers when you’re done,” Edie said.
“And we’ll sage,” Delphie said.
“You don’t want to risk skin to skin contact with this,” Edie said. She pointed to a box of gloves. “Please put these on.”
“The fires clear the air,” Delphie said. “Fire, salt, sage — Powerful cleaning agents.”
“First we salt the doorways,” Ivy said.
She grabbed a cardboard container of salt for herself and gave one to Noelle and Nash.
“Do every one throughout the whole building, just in case,” Delphie said. “We don’t want to energy to move from room to room. This will hold it in place.”
Nash ran to the front door where he poured a thick line of salt in a line on the threshold. Ivy was working on the kitchen while Noelle got the stairwells. When they were done, Ivy went upstairs to work and Noelle knocked on Honey’s door. When Noelle explained to Honey what she was doing, Honey grabbed her salt, set Maggie on her lap, and went to help out.
“We’ll get started then,” Abi said.
Abi and Edie shrank to the size of fireflies. Fin turned into a gargoyle before shrinking down. They disappeared.
“Nash, would you mind carrying the sprite to the coffee table in there?” Delphie asked.
Nash picked up the stone.
“Hey, that’s really heavy,” Nash said. “How did Katy …?”
“The sprite grew when Abi asked her to help,” Delphie said.
Grunting, Nash hefted the stone over to the table. Delphie lit a bundle of herbs and gave it to Sandy. She lit another and gave it to Aden. She lit the last bundle and gave it to Nash.
“This is sage from our garden,” Delphie said. “The smoke will cleanse negative energy inside your aura. We will do this for us before and after we are done. Start with yourselves.”
Having done this before, Aden started with Sandy and Nash used the sage stick on Delphie. Aden waved his sage stick over Sandy’s head and then moved the smoking bundle down her body. He got her feet before doing the same thing on her back. He finished by using the smoke on the bottom of each of her feet. She did the same to him. They waited for Nash and Delphie to finish for more instructions.
“Okay, the idea is that we’re going to clear out the negative energy,” Delphie said. “And then add back positive energy.”
“We’ve done this before,” Aden said. “How is this different?”
“The darkness is stickier,” Delphie said. “It may not shift to sage. If that’s the case, then we will clap.”
“Clap?” Aden asked.
“It’s a noise that breaks up energy,” Delphie said. She went to a wall and clapped. “See how the sound changes as I keep doing it? That’s the energy breaking up. If you get stuck, just call me.”
“What are you going to do?” Nash asked.
“I’m going to make sure there’s no negative spirits or demons hiding out here,” Delphie said. “I’ll also be able to guide you with my third eye.”
Nash and Aden gave Delphie uncomfortable looks while Sandy crossed herself.
“Go on,” Delphie said with a wave of her hand.
Delphie sat down on the couch and fell into a deep trance.
Denver Cereal continues tomorrow…
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