The phone rang and a scream erupted from my throat. At the same time, I jumped and spilled the tea on the book, the table and myself. With great trepidation, I reached out, picked it up and placed my right hand over my heart when I saw Gina’s name flashing on the screen.
“Oh my God! Gina, where are you. Are you okay?”
“Yes! Yes! Chelle, how did you know?”
“Never mind that right now. What happened?”
“Chelle, you’re not going to believe this. I had gone to the store to get milk and bread and for whatever reason, I forgot to buy the bread and went home. So I went back to the store and the shelf was empty whereas it had been full just minutes before. When I asked the clerk, he acted like I was crazy. Aggravated, I left and decided to go to the Cumberland Farms down the road.
“Just as I was getting closer to Benjamin’s Curve, the car started speeding up and I had no control. I stepped on the brakes and tried to turn but nothing was working. I started screaming for help and then all of a sudden the car slowed down and I was able to steer it back into my lane. I don’t know what happened. I’ve been sitting in Cumberland’s parking lot trying to calm down because I was shaking so much, I couldn’t even call you.”
I heard Gina take a deep breath and sigh before asking, “How did you know?”
I told her everything that had happened and when I finished, we were both silent for some time. Gina was the first to speak.
“I know the cause.”
“You do?” I said the shock in my voice evident.
“Yes. Well, I think I do.”
“What do you mean?”
“I was in New York a couple days ago with some friends and we were going in and out of all the little shops that you don’t normally see around here. Somewhere along the way, I got separated from the others and wandered into a shop that was filled with voodoo kinds of stuff. There was a strange woman there and she asked if I wanted to buy something and I told her ‘no’ that I don’t believe in that crap.
“She kept trying to get me to try different things until I lost my temper and told her to buzz off and then she said that I would learn the power of the spirits.”
Gina and I talked for a long time and agreed that the next day we would go to Zenda’s to try and get some information about how she knew I would be coming to the store and how she even knew how to reach me to warn me about the curse on Gina.
We never did get the information we wanted because a number of things happened that were just as strange as everything else that had occurred. The next morning after I had showered and got dressed, I looked on the table for the book and it was gone. I spun around to see the Ouija Board had disappeared as well and when I checked my computer, there was no history of my activities regarding Zenda’s.
I snatched up my notebook and flipped through the pages only to find them blank. The only thing that hadn’t been wiped clean was my memory. I drove to Gina’s and we went in search of Zenda’s. The shop was still there but the name above the door had been changed to:
Chapter Thirteen And A Half
To this very day, we have never been able to figure it out except to say that it did happen and that whatever it was, for whatever reason it happened, we are thankful.
June 21, 2015