Halloween Eve, after alla Littles were tucked in blankets on the floor an’ cozy, I was lookin’ for monsters out the window (just in case). I mean, it was Halloween. It was time for ghosts an’ ghouls an’ monsters an’ evil spirits makin’ tricks. So it was time for keepin’ watch.
Out the window, I thought I saw a light. I watched it for a bit. It kinda came an’ went a little. Then it was steady. Hmm.
I checked the Flock. Asleep, all of ’em. Falcon sprawled on his back, mouth gaped open an’ snorin’ soft. Meikiko asleep face down over his stomach. Cooper inna ball. Wren an’ Sparrow an’ Nim tucked under their blanket. All good for now. But somethin’ might be comin’.
So I stepped out inna night. It was cool, but not cold. I was barefoot, feet soft-swishin’ through the leaves an’ silent-steppin’ on pine needles. The moon was a tiny sliver, but the light ahead was steady gettin’ brighter. Looked like fire. I started thinkin’ bout alla fire monsters: dragons, phoenix, hellhound, salamander? But no, not a monster. Just a fire. An there were people sittin’ by it.
Juniper an’ the witch. They said this was how we all outta celebrate Halloween. Only they didn’ call it Halloween. They called it “Samhain” (I hadda look it up later, cuz it didn’t sound nothin’ like how it’s spelled). They asked me to sit with ’em. They were gonna sit all night with their fire cuz it was a way to honor dead spirits an’ cuz it was a good time for powerful magic an’ a time when doors inna other worlds might open for a bit.
It was nice, sittin’ with them. I didn’t see any doors openin’, an’ I didn’t see any magic happenin’, but it felt special, like first snow inna night, when snowflakes are driftin’ down through trees an’ it’s so quiet you might be the only soul inna world. I kinda fell asleep sometime inna night. When I woke up, it was mornin’, the fire was out, an’ both witch an Juniper were gone. The house was quiet still an’ everybody safe. No monsters. So maybe keepin’ watch by a fire kept alla monsters away?
I dunno where the Witch an’ Juniper went. Maybe a magic door really did open an’ they slipped through. I don’t mind not goin’. I wouldn’t wanna leave the others behind. But I hope those two are doin’ ok, wherever they got to.