Chapter 15: Unexpected Invitations

It was rare for Darrel and Emilia to show their faces in the Hex Shop these days, so when they randomly popped by towards the end of opening hours on the eve of Harvestfest, Cordelia wasn’t sure what to make of it. She hadn’t seen Emilia since the fun fair incident, and the few times... Continue Reading →

Chapter 14: Meddling

“Darrel, did you see that?” Emilia turned to her fiancé, wide-eyed. “Isn’t that the girl Grace has been training at the shop? Cordelia?” “Yes… what of it?” Emilia frowned. Darrel was being evasive. How could he just watch what they watched without blinking an eye? “But… isn’t she in trouble? What did she even do... Continue Reading →

Chapter 13: Friends and Foes

“Wait… I thought you said people wouldn’t be dressing up for Spooky Day!” Cordelia pulled a face when she saw Dandelion emerge from the tree trunk. The outfit he was sporting would definitely fit in ye olde times, and the pointy hat with colourful feathers was worthy of a pirate… a successful one, Cordelia thought.... Continue Reading →

Chapter 12: The Hollow Pumpkin

Cordelia threw herself into work, both at the store and at her little campsite. She really got the hang of things at the Hex Shop – sometimes, Grace would even let her work on potions on her own, even though Grace was ultimately the one to end the finishing touches to the potions, actually make... Continue Reading →

Chapter 11: Potions

Cordelia heard Morgyn calling after her but she didn’t stop. Thankfully, she was almost by the shop. She didn’t allow herself to think about what just went down and raced inside the shop instead, darting straight towards Grace. The whole ordeal with Morgyn had already side-tracked her enough. “Nice of you to finally stop by,”... Continue Reading →

Chapter 10: Revelations

The mattress below Cordelia was comfortable, the duvet above her soft. She hadn’t slept in a bed so comfortable – well, a bed, in fact – in ages. She stared at the colourful wallpaper and hanging branches for a moment. It took her a while to recollect where she was. Dandelion’s cottage. She’d slept over... Continue Reading →

Chapter 9: Untamed

For the first time Cordelia could remember, things were good. Settled. She was able to buy the tools basic woodworking tools with her first paycheck. It was good to be working with her hands again – and for the first time ever, her obscure hobbies as a lonely teen had finally come in handy. She... Continue Reading →

Chapter 8: Trial of Elements

Once again, as soon as Cordelia stepped into the magic realm, the sprites were nowhere to be seen. Perhaps they were as apprehensive about portal travel as she was. Perhaps if she hid in the realm for ever, she’d be rid of them… Except this was no place she could stay for good – even... Continue Reading →

Chapter 7: First Day of Work

To Cordelia’s relief, the sprites had taken their leave overnight, and she found herself alone again in the morning. She reported in for her first day of work at the Hex Shop in much better spirits. The place hadn’t opened yet, so she figured the woman in the bright yellow dress had to be her... Continue Reading →

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