TITLE: THELMA BEE
GENRE: Middle Grade Paranormal Adventure
Thelma and Alexander are on a quest to free Thelma's father from an ancient curse. The journey brings them to an isolated cottage in the New England woods where they meet the villain who has orchestrated all this trouble.
The room inside was bare with the exception of an empty fireplace and one small table in the middle of the room. It looked unnervingly familiar to Thelma. The floors were very old – she could tell by the wooden floorboards, each the width of a tree trunk. On the table was a single burning candle, the source of light.
“Hello?” Alexander echoed.
“I don’t think anybody’s home,” she said.
“I don’t think anybody has been home in a long time.” Alex scanned the dilapidated space, thick cobwebs in each corner.
“Well, someone lit a candle –” Thelma froze as soon as the words left her mouth. She knew exactly where she had seen a table like that before. It was the table where she sat with Annabelle. She couldn’t mistake it. And the candle – it was the same candle, too.
“It’s him. He’s here,” Thelma whispered, the words like ice on her tongue.
Suddenly the candle extinguished with a hiss, and the door slammed shut behind them. They both stood very still, trying not even to breathe. Any warmth in the October air seemed utterly absent. A slow noise of creaking floorboards rose from the far room. Alex reached down and grasped Thelma’s hand with all of his might.
Thelma’s eyes were trained on the blackened doorway that led into the far part of the house. She tried to make out shapes in the darkness, but her eyes kept playing tricks on her, forcing her to squint and blink. Finally, quietly, a long birch cane swung into view and hit the floorboards with a sharp thwack.