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An Equal and Opposite Magikal Reaction, continued
|April hadn’t made the bracelet loop small enough and
it kept slipping down her forearm toward her elbow or off of her wrist,
depending on how she held her arm.
Both girls heard someone running behind them. They turned to see Mandy trying to catch up to them. When Mandy finally caught up with them, she was totally out of breath.
“Mandy, what happened,” Sandy asked?
“Missed the bus,” Mandy puffed between breaths. “Thought I’d walk home with you.”
“Sure, but you’re like a mile beyond my house,” April answered.
“No, problem. My mom will give you a ride,” Sandy volunteered. The girls walked on in silence for a couple of minutes.
“Speaking of rides, I’ve got my driver’s permit. If I can get my older sister to come along, do you want to catch a movie tonight?” Mandy asked.
April and Sandy suddenly look up and stop dead in their tracks. Mandy isn’t able to react as quickly and collides with the two girls.
“What the heck’s wrong with you two?” a flustered Mandy blurts. Sandy and April ignore her. They’re staring at a weird pulsating glow coming from a patch of grass near the tree line.
“Do you see what I see?” Sandy asks.
April rubs her eyes. The glow seems so surreal. Both girls slowly approach the glow with Mandy in tow. Mandy’s expression is extremely quizzical.
“What are you looking at? You guys aren’t weirding out on me, are you?” Mandy asks. She’s starting to get worried.
Sandy and April kneel down around the glowing mass in the lump of grass. Poor Mandy can only hunch over them with no clue as to what they’re doing. April rubs her eyes again. She is the first to identify what they are looking at and how they see it.
“It’s a black crystal,” April says. “And I think I know why we can see it.” April looks at Sandy knowingly. All of a sudden Sandy catches on.
“Seventh Sight,” Sandy blurts.
“What are you guys babbling about?” Mandy looks quizzically from one girl to another.
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