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Initiation by Rayna Noire

Rayna Noire is an author and a historian. The desire to uncover the truth behind the original fear of witches led her to the surprising discovery that people believed in magick in some form up to 150 years ago. A world that believed the impossible could happen and often did must have been amazing. With this in mind, Ms. Noire taps into this dimension, shapes it into stories about Pagan families who really aren’t that different from most people. They do go on the occasional time travel adventures and magick happens.


Leah Carpenter thought being the only witch in her local high school was hard. That was until she inexplicably found herself in the past running from an angry mob, which turned out to be much harder. Lionel, the man in charge of the mob, holds a grudge against a girl he calls Arabella. He thinks she’s Arabella.

Luckily, just about the time it looks as if she’s done for she pops back into her century. This causes trouble at school, but at least she has an understanding family. What happens in the past can hurt her. The whiplashes covering her body are proof enough. Her Nana believes she has to right a wrong in the past to stay in the present and go out with her crush, Dylan. What she discovers in the past is an evil so pure that it makes her blood run cold. She might not ever make it back for geometry class or more importantly a possible date with Dylan.

Pagan Eyes Interview/ Ethan Carpenter

Hello, today we are here with Ethan Carpenter, the younger brother of Leah Carpenter.

Interviewer: Welcome Ethan. What do you think of your sister’s adventures?

Ethan: Ah, yeah. (Runs hands through hair.) At first, no one told me anything. All secretive about it and stuff. Got my first hint when that angry British chick tried to rearrange my nose.

Interviewer: What happened?

Ethan: I was on the bus with my friend looking at a book with actual fairy photographs. They were old photographs, kinda faded or out of focus. It was really hard to pick out the fairy in the photo.

Interviewer: I meant about you getting punched and finding out about Leah’s ‘trips.’

Ethan: I was getting to that. Anyhow, this angry girl keeps ridiculing us, saying fairies aren’t real. My friend told her to shut up about it, I may have too. Anyhow, I am unlucky enough to live on the same street. When I get off the bus, she’s still wound up and shoves him into me. Calls me one of those odd British slurs that make no sense, something about being a soft drink. I may have said something like, “Right back at you.”

Interviewer: That’s why she hit you?

Ethan: It must have been. She sorta came unglued. Growling and swinging. She’s no petite chick either. Towered over me by six inches and outweighed me too. Counted myself lucky only to get a bloody nose out of it.

Interviewer: What did you do?

Ethan: Uhm that, well I couldn’t hit a girl, so I backed out of range. Headed home, that’s when I discovered Leah was home. She shouldn’t have been. Mom usually picks her up on her way home or she catches a ride with Stella. I walked into the house unannounced. At first, I stood inside the door listening.

Interviewer: What did you hear?

Ethan: I heard Nana telling Leah’s fortune with tea leaves. Trust me it wasn’t a particular good fortune either. Whenever Nana would identify a symbol, Leah would try to downplay it as not being that bad.

Interviewer: What did you do then?

Ethan: I slammed the door, so they would know I was there, then I walked into the kitchen. I must have looked horrible because Nana jumped up and almost forgot to cut a doorway in the circle. The two of them fussed over me.

Interviewer: So is that the end of the story?

Ethan: Well, honestly, it’s not my story to tell. Maybe you should talk to my sister. I might have already said too much.

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