Excerpt from Bewitched, by JK Candlen
“The guy is a nut.” Iris said looking behind Bev.
“Who are you talking about?” Bev asked.
“Ares Stoner.” Iris said as she watched him over Bev’s shoulder. He stared back at her as he lifted the coffee mug to his lips and took a sip.
“Why do you say that?” Bev’s question had a little bit too much cheek to it which raised Iris’s suspicion immediately.
Iris turned her focus on her friend and it didn’t take long before she realized Bev was up to something. She gave Bev a disbelieving once over then looked at the nut drinking his coffee.
“Ok Bev, give over. What do you know about this?”
Bev shrugged. “Ok, ok. I had a little bit of the elixir leftover so I put it in Ares’s coffee.”
“You what!” An incredulous wave washed over Iris. She couldn’t think. What would happen if the elixir wasn’t administered as prescribed in the recipe?
“There’s nothing toxic in it. It won’t kill him.” Bev said smiling, wiggling her eyebrows.
“No, it’s not going to kill him but it will kill you.” Iris said emphasizing the word you. The smugness left Bev’s face and she turned to look at the besotted man.
“I was just,” Bev started to say something but Iris cut her off.
“I can’t believe this.” Iris said as she ran her fingers through her hair. Ares’s stare was getting hotter by the minute making her nervous.
The enchanted elixir was only to be ingested after midnight. Iris checked her watch, a quarter to eleven. But for some reason it appeared to be having the intended effect. She needed to think. The incantation wasn’t recited and the moon wasn’t waxing so maybe it could be reversed. But how? Iris had never come across anything like this.
What was she going to do? All she could hope for is that the effects were temporary. She should never have agreed with Bev to make the enchanted elixir for her.
“I’m out of here.” Iris said as she headed for the door.
A few minutes later Iris was sitting in her car. She wiped her hands over her face and cringed at the thought of how she took the mug out of Ares’s hand, dumped the remaining liquid in a potted plant and handed it back to him.