Four high school students encounter an evil spirit. Thoroughly cliched and hopelessly derivative.
Vanessa hopped across the baseball field on the foot wearing a shoe. But the shoe had a heel and she tipped over into the dirt when she bent over to pick up the other shoe. She sat on the ground and pulled on the shoe, glaring across the field. She silently declared war. Well, a bigger war.
Changes had to be made. She wasn’t going to make any progress with that greasy loser, nor did she want to spend any more time on him than she already had.
(As Mikhail had predicted, a random guy released her from the locked field, whom she gave her number to, just in case things didn’t pan out with Chad.)
That night, she performed her usual ritual in order to appear in the other world before the spirit. She had grown to love it; it was her very own palace, with its smooth halls, vases of blooming red flowers, the scent of incense. She wielded powers there that she could only dream about using in real life. But that was going to change very soon.
The last time she was there, she had trapped the rodent inside a tall vase because he tried to bite her. She went to the alcove where she stashed him and the scholarship papers.
“Oh, ratty ratty,” she sang as she turned the vase upside down. She shook it and looked inside and shook it upside down again.
She threw the vase down as hard as she could and it shattered around her feet. Of course that green-haired freak’s rat would escape! Just like she escaped having any friends! Just like that other loser—wait a minute.
She pulled down her lip with her fingernail. Those two had been hanging out a lot all of a sudden. Birds of a pathetic feather. If one came, then the other was sure to turn up.
Vanessa wasn’t looking forward to telling the spirit that she lost the rodent. But there was something else she could do. She rolled up the waistband of her skirt a little and entered the chamber of the spirit.
When she approached the altar, the smoke was spiraling around ominously. She sensed its irritation with her. But she held her head up and clacked her high heels extra loud to cover her nervousness.
The spirit asked, “Have you brought us the third sacrifice?”
She cleared her throat and twirled some hair. “I, um, have a better idea.”
“Where is the third sacrifice?”
“The third sacrifice comes with the second sacrifice.”
“Remind us of the second sacrifice.”
“Well, since the rodent decided to step away for a minute, I’m gonna bring the girl here. And if I bring her, the other one’ll show up.”
The smoke above the altar seemed to darken. “We know the animal is missing. We usually punish liars. But because you have proven yourself in the use you have made of the limited powers we have already granted you, we will accept the new sacrifice.”
Vanessa’s head dropped with relief. What a disaster she just avoided! She bowed—hiding her little smile—and promised that she would bring the girl within the week.
“There is a caveat, Vanessa.”
What’s a caveat, she wondered.
“To bring to her to this chamber, you must ensure she doesn’t wake up.”
Vanessa smiled openly this time. “Does that apply to the rodent too?”
“Make it apply to whomever you wish.” The smoke disappeared.