The four girls sat around the board, giggling; their fingertips were pressed to the planchette and they chanted, drunkenly, gibberish in hopes of calling forth spirits from beyond.
Sophie had found the game hidden at the back of the loft earlier that day; it had been stuffed in a box of her mother’s things, so she hesitated to take it and didn’t dare ask her father about it.
Instead, she’d simply spirited it away to use with her friends, part of her wondering if her mother would make contact and part of her convinced it was all an urban legend popularised by bad movies.
However, when the candles flickered out and the room grew unearthly cold, Sophie’s fears grew. First, she heard the sound of slow, plodding hooved feet; then a gangly shadow shambled from the darkness, two red eyes glared, and wispy beard drooping from a grotesque visage of pus and sores.
“Who summoned me…?” it growled, one gnarled talon curled in rage.
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