I’ll never forget that day. I was just minding my own business, not hurting nobody.  But soon as I walked into my yard, all my energy was suddenly sucked outta me, my life force exploding in a spangly ball of silvery blue light. I could hardly move, had to gasp for every breath.

I knew exactly what had hit me. Or rather, who. That uppity, no-good neighbor of mine – Eliza. Snooping round my place where she don’t belong, trying out her nasty spells on me. She don’t know who she’s messing with.

I crawled to the house inch by painful inch, belly-down in the dirt, finally feeling under the door stoop. Sure enough, there it was, all dark and twisty, sprinkled with evil-smelling herbs. The whole hateful thing was wrapped up in a purple sock she musta stole from my washing that was hanging out to dry.

With my last ounce of energy, I ripped the hideous concoction apart, buried the herbs, and threw my torn up sock on the trash heap. After a while, I could breathe again and started getting my strength back. That lowlife Eliza better watch her step. I’m Delia, and I know a heap of powerful spells she never dreamed of.

I scrounged around in my special basket, and found the prissy lavender handkerchief I grabbed last Sunday when Eliza dropped it at church. I wound it round the misshapen twig, added my own vicious herbs, chanted a few choice words, and tied it all up with my special brown hemp twine.

That witch put a root on me. “Two can play that game, homegirl,” I cackled, heading toward Eliza’s place.

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    Margarida Brei
    Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
    10 months ago

    A dynamic read full of anger, revenge, colour, drama and an interesting vernacular. Well done, Fuji!

    Greene M Wills
    Greene M Wills(@greene-m-wills)
    10 months ago

    Loved the story, Fuji, as always! The language was down to a ‘t’!
    I enjoyed the story of revenge and rivalry between these two neighbours and Voodoo priestesses, the descriptions of the means for the revenge are spectacular too!

    Lotchie Carmelo
    Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
    10 months ago

    That’s a heavy read, Fuji. But I really enjoyed your story of rivalry and revenge. Well done. 

    Sandra James
    Sandra James(@sandra-james)
    10 months ago

    They are two neighbours I hope never to live next to, Fuji! Wonderful description, especially as she crawled into her house. I could feel the struggle! Well done.

    Carrie OLeary
    Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
    10 months ago

    Excellent story, Fuji. A great tit for tat story. Nicely done.

    Heather Chrzanowski
    Heather Chrzanowski(@heather-chrzanowski)
    10 months ago

    “…my life force exploding in a spangly ball of silvery blue light.” Fuji, your writing is always magical! I really like the way you describe things and your wording and phrasing is excellent.This was a great story. Also, the picture you chose was perfect for this piece.

    Thompson Emate
    Thompson Emate(@thompson-emate)
    10 months ago

    Funny and spooky. Fuji, I can’t wait to know how it ended.

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