An excerpt from Sabrina Ramoth’s The Curse of the Blood Legacy featured exclusively in Souls and Shadows.

๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ฎ ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ’๐˜€ ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜๐—ฎ ๐—ฝ๐˜‚๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ธ, ๐——๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฝ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐—บ๐˜‚๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—บ… ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ณ.

I knew what the cards said, and she was right. Something was coming. I just didnโ€™t know what.

Then almost as if on cue, thunder pierced through the square. Out of nowhere, Marceline came racing towards us with Nanette trailing behind her. โ€œHurry! Pack it up! Weโ€™ve got to get out of here!โ€ she shouted, her face withered with worry.

โ€œWhatโ€™s wrong?โ€ I asked, jumping up from the table.

โ€œThereโ€™s been an attack on the witches.โ€ Marcelineโ€™s chest heaved as she tried to force the words from her lips.

โ€œAn attack! What? Where?โ€ Cora asked.

โ€œUp on Royal,โ€ said a breathless Nanette. Her once warm caramel complexion paled as though sheโ€™d seen a ghost.

Coraโ€™s posture was rigid. โ€œHow do you know?โ€

Still gasping for air, Marceline, said, โ€œWe were on our way down here with Edith when her mom showed up in a panic. She just kept saying something about a younger witch from her coven being attacked.โ€

My eyes shifted from Nanette to Cora, then back to Nanette. โ€œYou donโ€™t think itโ€™s him, do you?โ€ I asked even though I was pretty sure of the answer. Though there had been none in my lifetime, Oliverโ€™s attacks against the witches of New Orleans had been legendary.

โ€œWho else would attack the witches?โ€ said Cora, then her eyes fell to the Tarot deck on the table. She tugged on my arm, returning my attention to the cards. โ€œDelphineโ€ฆโ€

There sitting on top of the deck – face up – was the Ten of Swords.

Betrayal. Mistrust. Treachery.


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