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Crossroads


Walking through the trees during daylight, it seems like such a welcoming and peaceful place, but Alana knew otherwise.  She'd been coming here, where the paths crossed in the center of the woods, for the past four years beginning at the age of thirteen.  At first she came under protest at his bidding; but eventually she chose to be present at the full-moon gatherings, lured by the mystery of ancient chants and ritual.  Now Alana had reached the age of decision.  Standing at the crossroads as the full moon rose high, the smell of blood sacrifice hung heavy in the air.  Tonight, she would be called forth to side with good or evil.  Would she cross over to become one of the predators, or choose to remain an innocent and become one of the prey? 

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I'm linking up with Keith Hillman's Carry On Tuesday 
where the prompt this week is "standing at the crossroads" 


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  1. I'm rooting for her to stay innocent yet be badass and defend the other innocents.

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  2. wow...tough decision...I'm not going to make it...not a bad idea for great gory story...read a Koontz story and then write yours...fom what I;ve read oh his so far...we are both better writers than he is..but then maybe I'm jealous...

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    1. This is not my usual genre, GS, but with the prompt of crossroads, and having known people in the past who were involved in such practices, that is the first thing that comes to mind. I am not a Koontz fan either, but I wouldn't mind his fame and fortune. :-)

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  3. Spooky! I hope she stays innocent... now why I'm reading this right before bed, I don't know!! Very well done, Josie, and thx for stopping by my blog too. Peace, Amy

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    1. A little tale from the dark side, Amy. My first husband was involved in such things, so it is a familiar area to me, but not one I write about too often. Sorry for leaving you sleeping with one eye open. :-)

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  4. A bit eerie and a toughie! She has to side with the good. To remain innocent she'll be a prey. I would rather that she becomes a good predator and protect the innocent! Yes! Nicely Josie!

    Hank

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    1. I like your approach Hank, perhaps there would be a way for her to pretend allegiance to the dark side and use this to her advantage to help save innocents. It would take an amazing amount of power and skill to do that, but it is not impossible. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Alana, the best way to save the innocent is to get rid of the perpetrators.

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    1. So very true, Lotta Joy, I like to believe that good can triumph over evil, but I also know that we will always have both with us. What we can do is try to share our light to tip the balance in the world. One person can and does make a difference!

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  6. Wow Josie, this is wonderful, I so need to know what she decided. Brilliant piece of writing drawing in the reader and holding them in right to the end.

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    1. t is my belief that Alana will choose to turn away from the dark powers being offered her, and rather use her purity, wisdom, and strength to fight against them on behalf of the innocents they prey on. Because she has inside knowledge of their beliefs and conduct, she will be a valued member of the opposing force of good. This will likely be a lifelong task that she is just beginning, as surely the forces of evil will make countless attempts to destroy her. Will she survive?

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