Miss Lorilea was quite popular in her town. She lived in a large old house on main street. The house was filled with family members. Lorilea’s mom and dad lived in the house with all their children. They had a large family. There were seven girls and six boys and they all lived at home. Lorilea’s parents were proud of the fact that they had exactly 13 children. That was a lucky number in their house. Their house address was 13 Lucky Lane. Their family had lived in the house for over a century. It had been a home filled with love, laughter and family. The house was so big that it was divided into sections. Lorilea’s grandma and grandpa lived in the house along with her aunt Marinda and uncle Clay. They had three children that also lived in the big old house.
Every evening the family would come together in the large old dining room. Grandma would work all day in the kitchen preparing meals for the family. Aunt Marinda and Lorilea’s mom Cassandra would work right along side grandma. The meals consisted of part magic and part hard work. Grandma was the best cook for miles around. She never measured anything. She put a dash of love, a cup of sassy and a pinch of happy in every meal. It added a little zing to every dish. Grandma insisted that everyone dress in evening clothes for dinner. Mom would light the candles and dad would carry the main dish to the table. Dinner was family time and everyone was required to attend. It didn’t matter what anyone was doing during the day. At 6:00 p.m. everyone was seated around the table. When it came time to pass the food they were not supposed to use majic. Grandma didn’t like dishes floating around through the air. Grandma’s china was very old and she didn’t want any mishaps. The little ones would sometimes forget and grandma would give them a stern lecture. By the time they reached 10 they stopped making that mistake. Grandma didn’t like to see cookies floating by her during dinner.
After dinner everyone would go their own way. There would be homework, cleanup and chores. Mom would always sit with dad. They would talk about the day. Dad loved spending quiet time with mom. They would usually retire early and watch television.
This was a special time of year. Halloween was a fun time for everyone. October 31, was a day of celebrating. After dinner Lorilea would take her broom outside and polish it till it shined. It was a red broom with beautiful stars of silver and gold. Lorilea definitely knew how to maneuver her broom. She’d fly around, up and down, back and forth and side to side. Her broom was known far and wide. Lorilea’s broom was the fastest broom in town. Ms. Saddie thought her broom was fast but it didn’t even come close to Lorilea’s. Of course Lorilea never told Saddie that because Saddie was definitely a witch to be tiptoed quietly around. Saddie had a temper and the last thing Lorilea wanted to do was fight with her.
Saddie was her friend and she wanted to keep it that way. One last time before Lorilea went in for the night she wanted to fly around the moon and swing back down. She’d fly over Jason’s house so he’d know she was thinking about him. Lorilea was in love with Jason. They’d been close since the third grade. Jason had helped her when she’d cast a spell and the classroom filled with smoke. Jason had been right there helping her. Lorilea had to repeat that class after the unfortunate incident so Jason took the class again too. He wanted to be by her side. As Lorilea tipped her shiny broom and flew over Jason’s house something seemed wrong. The house was dark and nobody was around. That was odd. Jason had a big family and the house was always bright. Lorilea stopped her broom right in front of the picture window. It was all dark. This was odd. Something was wrong. Lorilea could feel it. She wasn’t sure what she should do. Jason was in trouble. He needed her. Lorilea took off for home at mock speed. She reached her back door in record time. She jumped off her broom and ran into the house.
She ran through the kitchen and went straight into the parlor. Mom was watching Tv and Dad was asleep next to mom. Lorilea was so upset that as soon as she saw her parents she started crying. Mom told her to calm down and tell her what was wrong. All Lorilea could say was “Jason’s gone.” Mom said “what are you saying.” That’s when the tears really started. Lorilea was sobbing. She never realized till just this minute how much she loved Jason. She couldn’t live without him. He needed her and she would help him. Dad got up off the couch and said he would go look for Jason and his family. Lorilea’s oldest brother Seth came in and decided to go with dad. Lorilea sat on the couch and cried. Mom didn’t know what to do so she decided to make some tea.
Dad walked back through the kitchen door three hours later. One look at Dad’s face told Lorilea that the news was bad. She was sitting in the parlor clutching a tissue and dabbing her eyes. They were so puffy that she looked like she was sick or at least was suffering from an allergy attack. Mom came running into the parlor and put her arm around Lorilea. Dad and Seth looked terrible. Lorilea and mom knew there was big trouble. Dad explained what had happened. An evil warlock was holding Jason and his family on a big old estate on the outskirts of town. He was holding them for ransom. He wanted to rule the town. His request was that every warlock and witch in town lay down their majic potions. He wanted all wands gone along with every majic book and spell they had. All brooms were to be turned over to the estate before the end of tomorrow. Lorilea loved Jason. What was she to do? Her broom had gotten her out of many ordeals. This was not good. This was a nightmare. She needed grandma. Grandma would know what to do. There wasn’t a witch or warlock that grandma was afraid of. Grandma would show that evil warlock the way it was going to be.
When Lorilea knocked on grandma’s door she was surprised that grandma was still up. Grandma said “come in child” and Lorilea entered the room. The children almost never entered grandma’s room. It was a big room filled with books. She had spells to protect her family and majic wands of every kind. Grandma was very kind but she was also fierce when it came to her family. She guarded them at all cost.
Grandma sat quietly while Lorilea told the story. She never said a word. When the story was finished grandma nodded her head and told Lorilea to leave. She did as she was told. For the rest of the night grandma stayed in her room. Lorilea checked a few times and grandma’s light was shining under the door. That meant grandma was up all night putting together a plan. Grandma was very powerful. She would save Jason and his family.
Lorilea sat in the parlor sipping on a cup of tea. She was waiting for Grandma to come out of her room. Lorilea was very upset. She’d run into that mean warlock several times over the years. His name was Jake and he even looked evil. He never used his majic for good. He said terrible things about people. He cast bad spells. One time he made a car disappear. It didn’t reappear till two weeks later on the other side of town. That’s the kind of warlock he was. He would do mean hateful things. He didn’t have a family and lived on the outskirts of town by himself. Lorilea thought maybe if there was someone for him to love he would be kind. He had her beloved Jason and his family. Lorilea started crying again. It felt like her heart was breaking. If only the warlock would have a change of heart and let Jason and his family go.
Grandma came out of her room at 3:00 in the afternoon. She had a blue potion bag in her hand. Lorilea didn’t know what was in the bag but she knew it was very powerful. Grandma sat down at the kitchen table. She placed a beautiful gold wand on the table. She took out a special cloth and started shining the wand. Lorilea asked grandma what she was going to do. Grandma smiled and said “you let me worry about that dear.”
At 6:00 p.m. sharp grandma left the house. She arrived at the warlock’s estate at half past 6:00. Grandma was a little nervous. She could feel her heart beating in her chest. She had to calm down. This was a powerful warlock and she didn’t want him to see her the least bit scared. Grandma walked right up to the front door and knocked three times. That was the universal code for witches and warlocks. On the third knock the evil warlock opened the door.
He looked at grandma and said “what do you want?” Grandma stood her ground and never swayed. Grandma said “I’ve come for Jason and his family.” The warlock laughed. He said “Why would I give them to you?” He started to slam the door but grandma’s wand was in the door. She’d planned it that way from the minute he opened the door. He started huffing and it looked like smoke was coming out of his ears. Grandma laughed at him. She said “I told you I want Jason and his family.” The warlock said “I told you no and if you don’t leave I’m going to put a hex on you.” Grandma said “you can try but it won’t stick.” Then she said “I’m every bit as powerful as you.” He started laughing. Grandma smiled and said “You better watch yourself because I can and will do you serious harm.” He just kept laughing. Grandma could feel her face turn red. It was hot to the touch. Grandma opened up her bag and pulled out a sparkling orb. She tossed it into the front room. After that all hell broke loose. The house started filling up with smoke and the warlock couldn’t breathe. He ran out onto the front porch. Grandma smiled at him and said “I told you not to mess with me.” He tried to knock grandma down and she outmaneuvered him with her wand. The next thing he knew he was laying on the ground. Again grandma said “I want Jason and his family.” Then she said “If you don’t give them to me, I’m going to send this entire estate including you to the moon and we will be done with the likes of you.” The warlock was pinned to the ground. He couldn’t move. Grandma’s broom wouldn’t let him up. He was pinned in place and couldn’t move. She’d been telling the truth when she said she was a powerful witch. Grandma came from a long line of powerful witches and warlocks. Finally he said “They are locked in the tunnel under the house.” Grandma said “let them out and I will release you.” He waved his hand and grandma could hear voices.
Suddenly Jason and his family came running out of the house. Jason saw grandma and ran to give her a hug. Jason told grandma how thankful they all were. There was quite a crowd gathering. The warlock must have had at least 16 people held captive. They were all talking at once. Jason’s mother was crying and his father looked very relieved that their ordeal was over. Grandma told everyone to go home. When they’d all started down the road to their home, grandma turned to the warlock. She said “let me make one thing perfectly clear.” Grandma said “if you ever do anything like this again, I will ship you out of here so fast that you won’t know what crossed your path.” Grandma said “I know that you don’t have a family and I do feel sorry for you.” Grandma walked straight up to the warlock and looked him straight in the eye and said “If you could find it in your heart to be kind and generous, love will come to you.” Grandma saw a little tear fall down the warlock’s face. He nodded as grandma walked away.
She was carrying her wand and her broom. She had her bag over her shoulder. She was going home to her family. Lorilea would be very happy to have Jason back. Grandma’s next project was going to be getting those two married. They were of age and should be together. They were clearly in love.
By the time Grandma walked in the back door Lorilea had already heard that Jason and his family was free. She ran up to grandma and hugged her and thanked her for saving her beloved Jason and his family. Grandma smiled and then walked in her room and shut the door. This had been a particularly hard day. She was tired and was going to take her nap. Grandma put her wand on her nightstand and her broom in the corner. They had done an outstanding job today. She knew that good always won out over evil. It made her heart feel good.
Mom made dinner for everyone. Grandma was so tired that she slept through dinner. Lorilea had to smile as she looked around the room at her family. She was very lucky to have all of them. Jason was home safe with his family. If there was one thing that Lorilea had learned, it was that Jason was the love of her life and they’d be together forever. Happy Halloween!