TITLE: Once and Forever Magic
GENRE: MG contemporary fantasy
The hint of a whisper.
At first, Elena thought it might be trees sighing or a faucet turned on somewhere else in the house. But there was an eeriness about it that made her look up and listen. The sound grew louder, as if coming through a long tunnel. Then it burst out, filling the room.
Elena almost dropped the empty pickle jar she was preparing for a science experiment. Her knees wobbled, and she leaned against the kitchen counter.
“El-e-naaaaaa…” The whisper swirled around her.
Then it was gone.
She ran to the window and nudged aside the white lace curtains. On the lawn, her ten-year-old brother Connor was tossing a plastic bag in the air and attacking it with a stick.
“For the king!” Connor cried, slashing at his flimsy opponent. “Victory is ours!”
“Did you call me?” Elena shouted.
“No.” Connor impaled the bag.
“Did you hear that?”
Elena glanced at the woods beyond Gram’s yard. Not even a squirrel stirred. She turned toward the long, dirt drive that wound up from the road. Gram’s car was still gone. They were alone.
She crossed the kitchen and peeked out the swinging door to the living room. The solid stuffed chairs and mahogany tables sat undisturbed. Only the familiar tick-tick-tick of the grandfather clock broke the stillness. Elena breathed in the smell of old books and fireplace ashes, forcing her shoulders to relax. See? It’s nothing.
Unclenching her fists, she returned to her experiment.