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Over the summer John McFadden has noticed a change in his wife. She has become more protective, thoughtful and secretive.

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" 'With this knot I seal this hex you will not sleep, you will not rest Knots of anger, knots of hate Discord brings you to your fate I tie this second knot makes two Bringing darkness over you Slander, discord, evil too Bringing darkness straight to you With this third knot, I do bind Weaving chaos in your mind Hex of anger, hex of hate Bring him down, I will not wait' So mote it be! " Over the summer John McFadden has noticed a change in his wife. She has become more protective, thoughtful and secretive. With a blast that shook the houses, light splattered the night sky with shards of colour. Children stuffed-full of sweets from trick or treating ambled around, sparklers flitting in their gloved hands. Crack snap and wizz! Sizzling spirals shot out of no-where soaring high then plummeting to the ground leaving a corkscrew of smoke. Setting off each prize-winning cracker was a tall broadly built figure who looked every bit like the perfect family man. ...read more.


'This is one tough case' she thought, putting down the scalpel. No difference in the eyes, the brain looked normal and the organs were of the usual weight and content so nothing was amiss there. A wisp of hair fell accross her face and as she pushed it back into the tight bun she gasped. The teacher's body was now covered in burns and scars while veins pushed the surface of the skin, stretching it in different directions and making the body writhe. She shut her eyes. The late nights she worked sometimes took their toll but as she opened them again, to her dismay the illusion was still there. Struggling to make sense of what she was seeing she stood nearer to the corpse and held out her gloved finger. Upon touching the cadaver, it distorted and moved like a snake under her fingertips and she noticed her incisions were gone. Not a mark was present where she had sliced through the flesh but she observed that the burns and scars which had appeared were years old. ...read more.


Bewildered she stepped back to see what looked like a lizard -but was infact a salamander- crawl out, dry and alive. Suddenly repulsed she stepped back as she saw the chest of the man rising and falling, despite the incision, as if alive. She checked his pulse but she felt no sensation, implying he was still dead. Confused, the pathologist extended her slit upwards nearer the lungs, slicing up towards the ribs when a flurry of colourful butterflies came fluttering out of her incision and clustering around the pot-pourri. Each of these items were alive, breathing and looked like they hadn't stepped out of their natural environment. No blood, guts, or other material covered them. Anyway, it was impossible for any of these creatures to have survived in the freezer and she was sure that she would have noticed them upon first examination. Overwhelmed and defeated Holly decided to leave the case till later that morning. She was obviously seeing things and a coffee would do her good. ...read more.

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