Today’s story is Clara. The story took quite a different turn than the way I expected it to go. I expected that she’d do some channeling and the spirit she was channeling would take her and hold her prisoner and that the story would be about her confinement.
Nope. I’m scratching my head over this one but I think it was successful. The thought of these things happening to me scares me silly so I’m calling it horror.
Read on, Macduff! And do keep in mind that these are first draft stories, hot off the presses. No editing has been done. Yet.
Have a wonderful Sunday!
There are triggers in the story (rape and forcible confinement). If either of these things cause you PTSD flashbacks at any level, do not read past Clara leading Vladimir into the consultation room.
Twenty-seven year old Clara Clifford sauntered down the street in the little seaside town she lived in. It was a tourist town full of quaint little shops running the length of a steeply angled main street that ended on an ocean beach. A few streets branched off the main thoroughfare with more shops, each with tourist rentals above them. Expensive looking cottages lined the beach, most of them on pillars with long staircases that jackknifed back and forth or descended in stages with tiny decks breaking up the long descent.
People turned to look at her as she walked and she smiled at each of them. “Blessings of light on you.”
She spoke those words to a young family and the girl, whom Clara estimated to be about six years old, asked, “Why do you say that”
Clara got down to her level, the bells on her scarf belt jingling softly. She clucked the girl under the chin. “The light is better than the darkness, right?”
“I guess so.” The girl’s voice was doubtful.
“In the light, you get to smile and play. You feel good and love is everywhere.”
“Does that mean that the dark is bad?”
“Do you mean night?” When the girl nodded Clara smiled and said, “The night is a good thing, it’s necessary, for everyone needs the opportunity to rest and dream about the day. But the Darkness,” and the little girl could hear the capital D, “is a bad thing, more often than not. It causes pain and illness. We need both Light and Dark, so that we appreciate the Light and the love of our friends and family better.”
The little girl thought for a moment then nodded. She reached out and touched the scarf on Clara’s head. Immediately, her mother admonished her, “Clary!”
Clara glanced up at the mother to let her know it was alright then she smiled more brightly at the little girl. “Wow! Your name is Clary? Mine is Clara. It is a real pleasure to meet you.”
Clary stuck out her hand, as she’d been taught. “Hi Miss Clara. I like that our names are almost the same. You’re pretty and you sparkle.” Clary was referring to more than the sun glinting on all the beads and gold and silver Clara was wearing. “But how do you know when the Darkness is a bad thing?”
“Well, I think you know that because your tummy tells you. It will tell you to leave it alone. Sometimes it will tell you to run away. When it does, you should listen.”
“How do you know?”
The question triggered a memory of her ex-husband giving her a concussion with a very expensive bottle of wine. The only two people who knew she was still alive were her parents, even if she could never see them. Her father was Bruce McDonnel, America’s number one mature hottie in Hollywood. “Once upon a time I stood still while the Darkness swirled all around me like tornado. I saw the Light flickering in the distance and I ran toward it as fast as I could.”
“Oh, I’m sorry,” Clary’s mother said.
Clara rose to her full height and noted (and ignored) the husband admiring her curves. She smiled gently at the mother. “Thank you. I had the spirits to help me and guide me through troubled waters.”
Literally. Clara had an affinity for ghosts and spirits. She spoke to them often and they had helped her escape her marriage by stirring up the waters around her ex-husband’s beloved boat until a storm capsized them and broke the boat to pieces. Clary had lashed herself to the sailboat’s mast and the spirits took her as far away from there as they could. They helped her because she helped them and had developed a good relationship with the Otherworld all her life.
Clary reached up and touched a pendant that was made of sea glass wrapped in copper wire. Her fingers stroked over then move to a vial holding a red liquid. “Is this blood?” she asked.
“Clary!” This time it was her father that was shocked. Nevertheless, both parents waited for the answer.
“No.” Clara chuckled. “It’s sap from a tree called the Dracaena cinnabari, otherwise known as the Dragon’s Blood Tree. It has healing properties.”
Both parents visibly relaxed. Clara unwound a leather bracelet from her wrist and looked at the parents. “Do you mind?” She waited as the pair looked at each other then shrugged and looked back at her before shaking their heads in unison. Kneeling down at Clary’s level, she held up the long bracelet. It was covered in pretty stones and little doodads, including a pentagram, a fairy and a dragon. She tied the bracelet behind Clary’s neck.
“I,” she said, “having been waiting for the person who owns this necklace to find me. It is very glad to be protecting you. Your Grammy tells me that you are a super good little girl.” The mom gasped. “This necklace will help protect you from the Darkness but you have to do to things in order for it to be always working, do you think you can do them?”
Clary stared at the necklace in awe. “Yes!”
“You must hang it up in your window whenever there is a full moon. And you must always listen to your tummy when it tells you that something is bad and you have to run away. Always listen. The necklace will help you.” Clara looked at Clary gravely. “Promise me that you will do those two things.”
“I promise.” Clary’s voice was solemn. Then she threw herself on Clara. “Thank you!”
Clara hugged the little girl then untangled herself and stood.
“What are you?” asked the mother, forgetting her own manners for the moment.
“A clairvoyant. You may also call me a medium.” She smiled that the two parents. “Your mother says that the new child will be a handful and that it serves you right. Then she laughed. She wants you to know she loves all of you and she’s glad to see that you are treating the house well.”
Tears welled up in the mom’s eyes. “Thank you, thank you so much!”
“You are welcome.” Clara’s skin turned to ice and she glanced over her shoulder. She saw a dark shadow heading towards her. “I need to go now. Have a beautiful life in the Light. It was nice to meet you, Clary.” She skirted around the small family and headed towards her shop, a half a block away, at a good clip.
The dark shadow bore down on her quickly and she was almost running by the time she reached her shop. She darted in the open door and stopped. She turned around and watched the entity bounce off the barrier of her protections. Clara smiled. “I will never let you get me.” She turned away from the door. “Never again,” she whispered.
“Clary! I’m so glad you’re back.” Brandy, her shop assistant, hurried over to her. Brandy was in her forties and looked like she was stuck in the 1960s. Brandy booked appointments, handled payments and kept the storefront, which carried all things necessary for protection and divination, stocked and selling well. “There’s a client coming back soon who is insisting on a reading. I don’t like the looks of him. He smells like patchouli and he squints.” Brandy shook her head. “I don’t think you should do it.”
“Of course I will do it. You know we don’t turn away readings.” Clara hugged Brandy. “I am so glad I have you.”
Brandy relaxed into the hug but muttered to herself. “I just don’t like it.”
Clary let go of the other woman and looked around. “I see the big resin dragon is missing.”
“Yeah, a teenager with obviously rich parents and an obsession about dragons bought it.” Brandy laughed. “I mean he was obsessed! This kid knew everything there was to know about dragons and every TV show or movie they’d been in. He almost bought the jade one too but stopped because he figured his dad would ‘have a cow’.” She mimicked the kid’s voice and grinned when Clary chuckled.
“I’m sorry I missed it.”
“You should be! I–” she broke off as bells rang by the front door. “See,” she hissed. “I don’t like this guy.” The bells were charmed to let them know when exceptional Darkness crossed the threshold.
“Shush.” Clary turned to the newcomer. He was dark, with thick black hair, a heavy brow and thick eyebrows that overshadowed eyes so deep and dark Clary wasn’t sure he was looking at her. A big, hooked nose and thick lips reminded her of Eastern Europe. She estimated that he was in his mid-fifties. “May I help you? My assistant says you are looking for a reading.” All around him she could see spirits that lingered.
“Da. I want you to help with this thing that makes disaster happen around me all the time.”
“What thing would that be?”
“I don’t know!” he shouted. Crystal rattled on the shelves and he immediately apologized. “I just know that nothing goes right,” he said in a softer tone of voice. “No spells, no healing, nothing I See. It started six months ago and I have been searching the world over for the one who can help.”
Clara spread her hands, palms up, as she watched the spirits at play around him like ghosts in a Casper movie. “I am not sure what I can do.”
“Bah. You have power. I can see. Where is your table?” He slapped five hundred dollars down on the counter.
“I don’t know. I have not encountered anything like you before.” She ducked a little as two of the spirits flew at her.
“Playing hard to get? Okay.” He stuffed a hand in his pocket and pulled out a thick wad of bill that made Brandy sigh in envy. He peeled off another five hundred dollars.
“No! That’s too much!” Shocked that he’d offer so much, Clara tried to push it back but Brandy swooped in and snatched it.
“She’ll do it.” Brandy smiled sweetly at Clara.
Clara stepped around the counter and headed to the doorway covered by a heavy curtain. “This way…” She left the end of the sentence open for him to leave his name.
“Vladimir. Thank you.” He reached over and dragged the curtain open, held it for her.
The bells rang again at the front of the shop but she ignored it as she led the way to the small round table. The doorway was charmed to keep anything that would harm them out.
“Have a seat, Vladimir.” Clara gestured to the smaller chair. She ignored the trappings she used for tourists. There were those who needed the table thumps, ghostly noises and flickering lights, but she didn’t think Vladimir did. And, frankly, there were days when she needed to use them because the spirits were stubbornly quit.
Obviously, this was not one of those days. She grimaced at the spirits lazily floating around Vladimir. They looked expectant. “What do you need today, Vladimir?”
The man pulled out the dainty, purple velour covered chair across from Clara and grimaced at it before gingerly planting his ass. “Already said I need you to fix the problem.”
Clara sat in her own chair, one that reminded her of the chairs Buddhist Rinpoche sat in when presiding over Temple gatherings. Brandy had insisted on it, saying that clients would expect something royal-ish. “I’m not sure I understand the problem.”
Vladimir stared at her for a long moment and she met his eyes. She felt as if she was being sucked in, deeper and deeper into an endless void. She forced herself to close her eyes to cut off the feeling and gave herself three deep breaths to return to some sort of equilibrium. She opened her eyes as Vladimir said, “I do not know why I keep having so many problems. It is like I am being sabotaged.”
Behind him, one of the spirits appeared to giggle. Clara resisted the urge to smile. “Do you know that you carry spirits with you?”
Vladimir nodded. “Da. I do. They are family. They help me.”
She looked at him, met his eyes. “Are you sure they’re helping you?”
He looked offended but, still, maintained eye contact. “They would not do such a thing.”
Clara felt as if she was floating. “Is there… ah… Is there anyone who died recently who may have a grudge against you?” There were stars in his eyes. The blackness began to gently cradle her. Her scalp felt as if someone was running icy fingers through her hair and she jerked herself backwards in the chair and turned her gaze to the print on her wall, let herself be soothed by the soft water lilies. “I’m sorry, I seem to have missed your answer.”
“My wife. She always seemed to be mad at me.”
Those icy fingers returned to Clara’s scalp and she shivered. “Excuse me a moment.” She moved to rise and Vladimir’s entire demeanor changed.
“Sit. Down.” The order was issued quietly but with such malice that fear turned her stomach contents to churning acid. “Good girl,” he said when she lowered her behind back into the chair.
His spirits flew at her and she opened her mouth to scream. He merely pointed a finger at her and her voice disappeared. The spirits bound her to the chair. She tried to scream again and again. The talismans that rose up at her distress and obvious danger quieted themselves and with a slash of his hand he undid all her warning systems and protections.
Clara whimpered as they all broke. She could feel each one disintegrate, if felt like someone pulling a hair out by the roots. The largest felt like a kick to the gut. Tears began to stream from her eyes and she tried to scream again. She watched as he moved to the door and wove a complicated spell in a language she could not understand, using gestures she recognized as very old and very old world.
He returned to the table and sat down again. “There now, my dear, you can make all the noise you wish and no one will hear you.” He gave a small nod in her direction and all her silent screaming became audible.
The high pitched sound bounced around the room and she could see the spirits that weren’t holding her trying to get into the energy stream of her fear. She stopped screaming when her throat began to feel like glass shards rubbing together. “What… What do you want with me?”
“My beloved Mama died many years ago and since then she and I have searched all over the world for someone powerful enough to host her essence. Someone who would not fail to support her and all her power. Someone whose power could compliment and add to her own.” He leaned forward, folded his hands on the table and smiled at her.
With his deep set, inscrutable black eyes and shiny white teeth, Clara was reminded of a shark. She shook her head violently. “No. No no. I am of the Light.” She started talking fast. “I am too Light, too bright to take in a dark one.”
Now, he looked offended. The icy hands that hand been holding her began to pinch and slap. “My Mama is not dark.” He leaned back and smiled again as the dark presence that had followed Clara all her teen and adult life came into the room and hovered behind him. It slowly formed into the black and white shape a woman in her late thirties. She stroked his hair and smiled at Clara before leaning down to whisper in his ear. “She tells me that she found you when you hit puberty. The flash of light was so bright she could see you half a world away. She came to investigate and found you.”
The spectre of his mother moved through the table to stand in front of Clara. She reached out to stroke Clara’s face and she jerked her head back so hard she swore she gave herself whiplash. “Don’t touch me!” As the hand kept reaching for her, Clara said it again. “No! Don’t touch me!” The hand slid down her cheek and she moaned. “Don’t. Don’t. Don’t.”
“You were perfect, she said. You would grow up into a beautiful woman. We continued to search, just in case something happened to you, but she was right. You are perfect.” Vladimir got up and moved around the table. He pulled her to her feet. The spirits restraining her wrapped themselves around her and encased her in ice when she tried to slap him.
He held her in place with a hand tightly knotted in her hair at the base of her skull. With his free hand he caressed her face, traced her lower lip with his thumb. When she tried to bite him he slapped her. Her head whipped to the side and she cried out as both her face and her scalp burned with the pulled.
“Ahh… I am sorry, Mama, of course you are right. I should not damage your vessel.” He leaned down to press a kiss to Clara’s sore cheek and she screamed again, hurting his ear. Vladimir wrapped his hand around her throat and squeezed. “Scream again and I will silence you again.”
Clara shut her mouth and merely whimpered as his hand traveled down her body. He tore the gauzy blouse from her then cupped her breast in his hand and feel the weight of it. He brushed the nipple with his thumb and watched it spring to life. “So beautiful, such perfect skin. Look, Mama, how responsive the body is.”
He bunched her skirt at her hip and pulled it up. “Hold her,” he commanded the spirits. Once they had her held up without his help, he released his own hold on her and knelt before her. He slid both hands up her legs from her ankles to her hips. “Such soft, beautiful skin.” His fingers slid along those most private folds and he looked up at her in surprise. “She is aroused, Mama.”
Vladimir tipped his head, obviously listening. “Ah, that is why. It has been too long since you felt a man’s touch, has it. We can fix that.”
“No!” Clara spat the word at him furiously as he pulled his belt open.
“Yes. I, too, have been too long without a woman.” He removed his shirt to reveal a well-muscled torso sprinkled with dark hair. He draped it over her chair and removed his pants and undergarments. He returned to stand before her and stroked his already half hard shaft. He was impressively large.
“No! I will not allow this!” She began a desperate, made up on the spot, chant to remove the spirits and one reached in to press her tongue down. She struggled violently, gagging on the fingers.
“To her knees. If she wants to use her mouth, let her.” He watched as they brought her down. “If you bite me, solnishko, I will break your jaw.” The spirits forced her mouth open and he slid over her tongue. He looked down at her. “Worship it.”
His mother’s spirit moved behind her and grabbed her by the head, forcing her to move. She moved Clara’s head back to the tip and down all the way to the base, ignoring the way Clara gagged and fought. This went on for several long minutes, until Clara was doing it on her own, just to get it over with.
Vladimir groaned. “See, it is much better when you co-operate.” He pulled away from her. “Put her over the table. Spread her legs.” Soon Clara was bent face down over the table with her legs wide open. He gazed at her. “You are so pretty. Mama was right, you are perfect,” he repeated.
His Mama knelt below the table and spread Clara’s most intimate lips apart and pinched her clit. Clara screamed at the icy fingers and the electric jolt. “No! Let me go, please!” She squirmed violently but the spirits held her fast at the wrists and ankles.
“We have established that it isn’t going to happen.” He knelt behind her and studied her more closely. “But I must taste you. You will enjoy it, I promise you.”
And to Clara’s utter dismay and humiliation, she did. She came twice, screaming both times, as his hot tongue laved her inside and out and his mother’s icy one sucked on her clit.
“Now, to business.” Vladimir rose, wiping his mouth with the back of his hand. He placed a large hand on her lower back and another on himself. He placed himself at the entrance to her core. “Scream for me, my pretty.”
He sheathed himself within her in one stroke and as she screamed her pain and fury his mother’s spirit entered her through her open mouth.
As he continued his assault on her body a war waged in her mind. It didn’t take long until Clara found herself in a glass box in her mind.
I think I will allow myself to hear you for a little while, young one. You may amuse me yet.
Get out of my head, you bitch!
Now, Clara, it is only proper to be polite. My name is Valentina. You may call me that, or Ma’am, but if you call me anything else you will pay, like so. Clara screamed as her entire self turned into nothing but electric, burning pain. It cut off as suddenly as it started. Do we understand one another?
Good girl. You may watch.
Vladimir moaned in pleasure as Clara’s body suddenly began to push back against him. “Ah Mama, there you are.”
The spirits released Clara’s body and rejoiced as mother and son were reunited in the body of a young American woman. Inside Valentina’s new mind, the conquered spirit sobbed wretchedly, almost totally broken.
A little while later, Vladimir and Valentina left the small room. Brandy smiled as the came into the storefront. “That was a long session! I hope it was successful.”
Valentina smiled at Brandy with Clara’s mouth. “It was, very successful.”