The Spirit Coin – Chapter 2

Part 1- A year and a half after the Spirit Coin incident: Tamany

“I am done, I can’t do this anymore, I simply don’t love you” expresses Tamany with such vigor to the scrawny boy in front of her.

“Please I have tried my best to make this work in more ways than you know Arkon. I just simply can’t do it anymore” she presses her hands on her face as she says this displaying the great agony within her. “The spirit Coin could not have been more wrong about this” she thinks to herself “a whole year trying to make it work, only to prove that the Spirit Coin was right”. Arkon was disgusting in more ways than she could have possibly imagined. He was extremely thin with an inclination to eat all day long with his mouth open cause he has a constant congested nose. The food always made its way out of his mouth as parts of it slithered down his chin landing on his shirt. He held a tissue paper in one hand to constantly blow his nose; it was amazing how there was always something to discharge from his congested nose; never once cleaning his hands after it, always sticking the contaminated tissue back in his pocket for later use. He was 30 centimeters taller than Tamany making it harder for them to bump lips whenever his desire arose. He laughed a lot and loved being the center of attention, which you would think could have been his vice; sadly it was one of his worst qualities. Arkon had an interesting ability for complete and utter stupidity that caused everyone to make fun of him, providing him with the nickname “Dummy”. His palms were always sweaty and damp as damp as his personality.

Tamany was unable to continue with him for a single more moment, she was hoping that he would turn into a swan after keeping up with him for a whole year. Yet, she came to realize there was no hope in this particular individual; there wasn’t anything she could do to turn him into the prince she had been waiting for.

She turned on her heals and walked towards the school gates, wanting to jump with joy at her conviction yet controlling herself to avoid another confrontation with Arkon’s tears of sorrow.

The night of the spirit coins all girls were sent back home. The next morning a concession from all three mothers was set and the girls were to stay locked at home for six months with no schooling and no friends. This was specifically done so that the girls would be monitored. The monitoring was based on finding out if the Spirit Coin has affected any of the girls and if so the remedy needed would be easy to identify. At their release, the girls met up to discuss what took place six months ago. The discussion took hours on end each one contemplating what to do with their lives according to the information that was offered to them.

It was decided then and there that Tamany was to date Arkon. She was to accept his faults until he turned into the handsome prince that he is sure to turn into if she were to marry him. Naturally every few weeks she would rush home crying in despair at her own horrible future, only to have the girls go over and talk her into trying harder to accept her destiny. A year later Tamany decided to give up the dream of marrying Arkon. She also gave up the whole notion of the Spirit coin being truthful with her. Tamany woke up that morning dedicated to breaking up with Arkon regardless of what her friends told her or how Arkon would react to it. She decided that it was truly time for her to have fun in her last year of high school and have a real date to her prom.

As she walked outside of the school gates and out of Arkon’s eyesight, she made a quick little side skip, then two more skips and without knowing it she was yelling at the top of her lunges “FREEEEEEEDDDDDDDDDOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM” as she ran with all her might towards her home, tears of joy rushing down her face.  

Part 2- Two years after the Spirit Coin incident: Emeline

Emeline twirls around in her room displaying her new blue dress to her image in the mirror. The dress is light in color with only her large growing bosom holding it up in place. It holds nicely around her waist as it makes its way down in an a-line fashion towards her knees, allowing for a long slit to take place from her right upper thigh. In admiration of all the hard work she put into losing all her baby fat, Emeline wraps her hands around her waist to take a better look at herself. She was on her way out to yet another party that she had been invited to. She had just come back from the hairdresser with a new hair cut; one she saw in the latest cover magazine of “Glory”. The highlights she added to it made her look older as did the new shoulder length hair cut. One last look into the mirror with an immediate application of rose colored gloss on her pouty lips and she was already running out the door.

“Where are you going?” screamed her mom after her “oh momma…please, pay attention when I talk, I already told you I am going out with friends” Emeline replies as she slams the door shut behind her.

Her mother was not as beautiful as Emeline turned out to be, but she was a powerfully attractive woman with a posture of Grace Kelly and the facial features of a beautiful male model. Momma has lost complete track of her daughters whereabouts in the last year, not knowing what she was doing or who she was doing. This concerned her on many levels, worrying about the neighbors and what they would make of Emeline’s constant outings. In all strangeness no one ever said a word, for as the months would pass Emeline kept growing prettier as her smile and her love for everyone grew stronger. Momma decided a long time ago that she would not prevent her daughter from living the life that she had always wished to live; complete freedom of choice.

As Emeline strutted her way down the street waving her hands at all the passersby while providing them with her most known smile she saw Tamany standing at the bus stop waiting for her to come. Her smile grew wider as she quickened her steps towards her best friend.

To Emeline’s great joy, Tamany had stuck by Emeline’s side for the last six months requesting to go out with her on all her outings wanting to enjoy her last year of high school. They had drifted apart in the last year ever since Tamany started dating Arkon in hopes that he would change into her night and shining armor. Tamany would avoid seeing anyone and secluded herself from the world in shame of having to be seen with Arkon. Ever since she took a strong stand against what the Spirit Coin told her, Tamany had spent every evening with Emeline enjoying all the flavors that life had to offer in the small town they lived in.

Unlike Tamany, Emeline was very picky with whom she would date next, making her more desirable for the males of her town and giving her less experience in the men department. Tamany on the other hand had a boyfriend every few weeks, going from one guy to the next experiencing everything that she was unable to experience with Arkon which gave her the stamina to walk out on any current boyfriend with not a single glimmer of guilt.

They were a wonderful team together; the men hovered around them whenever they made one of their grand entrances into a party, each man always wondering who the next lucky guy would be. In six months the prom night would take place and every young guy was hoping that they would be one of the lucky ones to accompany one of the two girls to the prom.

Part 3 – Right before the Prom, Two and a Half years after the Spirit Coin incident: Dewina

The silence was a pleasant whisper in Dewina’s ear, she was so happy to be sitting in the one and only library the town had; as always she was the only one there. It felt like her home away from home, a place she loved to be in more than anywhere else. A place away from her mother’s constant yelling voice and her father’s steady criticism of her.

Every since the Spirit Coin told her that she would be living outside of this town she had spend every waking hour studying for her big break. She knew that there would be no other way of leaving if it were not for her getting a scholarship, knowing how her parents were not willing to spend on sending their only daughter away from them. To them she was to be married to the best available prospect once she was done with high school. In that being her parents ultimate goal, her father decided that the constant criticism was of great benefit to his daughter in becoming a perfect wife in the future. As for her mother, well, her mother was a temperamental woman who lost her ability to communicate calmly after the Spirit Coin incident. She kept waiting for the fatal moment that Dewina would get cursed for provoking the spirit Coin, and in waiting for that curse she had adapted an incredible ability to voice her concern and anger through the simplicity of yelling.

As Dewina sat in the library contemplating all the avenues she was planning on taking once she gets her scholarship, the door cracks open and two heads pop in.

“Oh no” Dewina whispers under her breath as she takes a breath in forcing a smile pretending to be happy to be seeing Emeline and Tamany walk in. She sees them scope the room as they tip toe their way in, only to realize there was no one inside except for Dewina giving them the opportunity to stretch out their backs and rush towards her. They pull up tow of the six chairs that surround Dewina with their striking smiles they both squeal and say “So Dewina, who is your date for the prom?” then Emeline says; as her exotic smile broadens “I heard that JoJo wants to ask you to the prom…is that true?…did you say yes? Please say you said yes!” Emeline and Tamany stair at her in anticipation as they lean closer towards her waiting for her words to drop out of her mouth.

“No” Dewina simply says and looks back down at her notes.

“What???? Why not? what is wrong with you? You have said no to everyone that has asked. And let me add, Jojo is pretty cute” added Tamany with a twinkle in her eyes.

“So who are you guys going with?” Dewina asked with lack of interest in the whole ordeal.

“Well, Tamany has been asked by Ray to go to the prom with him, but she keeps refusing saying that he is only her friend and she is not into dating her friends” Emeline says as she eyes Tamany “I keep telling her he is too hot to have as a friend, and he is new in town, what could be better” Emeline adds this new bit of information to Dewina who they both know is oblivious to what is taking place on the outside world.

“I am actually going to the prom with Dormn, he is just so hot and actually just started working last year in the store across the street from my house” Tamany adds with an excited squeal as she flips her hair off her face. “As for miss beautiful here” Tamany points lovingly at Emeline “She is going with Matta, the wonderful Matta with dreamy eyes and an amazing body” Emeline turns a bit pink and clears out her throat “Well, I do have to actually have a date to the prom, it is not like I will have to marry him” she giggles and decides it is time to go back to Dewina’s date question.

“So Dewina, we have actually told Jojo that you agree to be his prom date” Emeline says with vigor in her voice, making it a fact that Dewina can’t argue with.

“Are you MAD” yells Dewina for the first time, recognizing that her voice sounds like her mother’s she rushes her hands towards her mouth as her eyes grow large in shock. “shit I sound like mom” She says a few seconds later. With feeling guilty that she could be anything like her mother Dewina agrees to go to the prom but refuses to have anything to do with Jojo before the prom night.

To be continued…..Chapter 3

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The Spirit Coin – Chapter 1

This story is based on a true story i was told, but there is also a lot of fiction i had to add to it, the truth is hidden away from those who can be harmed by the story.

In a small village, thrown far away from the world, far from what we know civilization to be, a little girl by the name of Tamany skips towards her friends little wooden house. With a broad smile pressed upon her face justifying her dimples clarity and depth, Tamany takes a deep breath as she slows down her pace towards the cobbled path leading to the heavy oak door. The sun was setting gently behind the upcoming house as the soft breeze played with Tamany’s long black hair that reached her waist line defining it for all to see.  She knocks on the door three times, tap…tap…tap…she waits as she flicks her hair off her face in anticipation of her well deserved patience.

Nothing, no one is answering her knock so she decides to  tap a little harder, again three times….Tap…Tap…Tap….still nothing, no one is there. She takes a step closer towards the door as she slowly leans in allowing her ears to touch the rough wooden door in hopes of hearing someone on the other end. As she holds her hair back giving more room for her ear to lean closer to the door for better listening purposes, a sudden click, a swoosh and Dewina is standing there staring at her whispering softly “come in now” as she looked around her to make sure no one heard. Dewina leads Tamany by the arm as they tip toe their way into the darkness of the house trying to reach the familiar door that opens into Dewina’s bedroom.

The door opens and Tamany takes in a deep breath, a little yelp was about to accompany her wide eyes as her hands rush up to her lips and silences her astonishment. Candles are flickering everywhere, shadows are playing on the walls of the small yet well organized space. A small wooden table is placed in the center of the room as three cushions are thrown on the floor indicating the sitting arrangement around the table. There is a piece of paper placed neatly on the table, with a small glass cup turned upside down on top of it. Tamany looks to her right and nearly jumps out of the room as she sees someone moving towards them. Dawina notices the soon to be catastrophe and immediately whispers to Tamany “Relax, please control yourself…..it is only Emiline” she grabs her arm tightly and stares at her straight in the eyes “my parents will KILL me if they know what we are up to…..so PLEASE control yourself Tamany”

Emiline takes a few steps closer and is in full view for Tamany allowing her to see Emiline’s warm smile accentuated with the glimmering excitement in her eyes that are flickering with the dance of surrounding candle flames. They immediately hold hands, smile to one another and look around the room awaiting Dewina’s next instructions.

In the softest of voices Dewina says “ok, we are ready to start. Go sit on any one of the cushions you feel comfortable to sit on and let’s begin, we don’t have much time left” she gestures to them with her hand towards the table and starts to also walk with them. Tamany and Emiline sit side by side as they both face Dewina, who chose to sit on the single cushion provided on one side of the table.

As it turns out, the piece of paper that was placed on the table was more of a cardboard paper with the whole alphabet scrolled along the top part, naturally facing Dewina. In the center of the paper were two words “yes” and “no” with a space between them enough to fit a small glass cup that was over turned shielding an old looking coin. There were two candles placed on both ends of the table that produced a variety of shadows to linger on to the cardboard giving the whole coin in glass effect a more intense sensation.

Dawina stretches out both her arms indicating to the girls to hold her hands as they must also hold each other’s hands to make a circle. Dawina closes her eyes and both girls imitate her as she starts to hum to herself. She tightens her grip on their hands to insinuate that they must also do the same humming sounds.

“Spirit of the Coin…..are you there?” calls out Dawina in a deep coarse voice. “Spirit of the coin…..please come to us we are ready for you.” She opens her eyes to find Tamany and Emiline staring at her still humming in fear of what will come next. She releases their hands and tells them to place their finger tips on the over turned glass cup.

“Spirit of the coin…..are you here?” Dawina repeats, this time waiting for a sure indication of the spirits presence. A slow movement takes over the cup, Tamany’s eyes widen she looks at both girls to also find their eyes in deep contemplation of what just happened.

“Spirit of the coin…..are you here? If you are then tell us using the board we have made for you” says Dewina with more determination.

The glass cup moves towards the right and places itself nicely on the word “Yes”. They all stare at one another, a glimmer of shock yet interest takes over their faces. Dewina smiles to herself and decides to ask her first question., in doing so she moves the glass cup back to it’s original station, in between the “yes” and “no” words.

“ Will I ever leave this God forsaken village and see the world?” she asks with a gust of hope in her voice. The Glass cup starts to move towards the “yes” then towards the “no” then again towards the “yes” and as it moves towards the “no” it stops right in the middle, right between the space between the words. Tamany lifts her head up to look straight into Dewina’s eyes as Dewina stares blankly at Tamany and looks straight back down at that glass cup frantic with confusion.

She asks again, but she asks it differently “Spirit of the coin, I didn’t not understand your answer, can you please clarify it for me? Will I ever leave this village and live in a city?” the glass cup starts to move again this time straight to the word “yes” and just stays there. A smile over takes Dewina and she looks up at the girls with new hope in her eyes as she smiles she says “ok your turn Tamany…ask your question.”

Tamany takes a deep breath, closes her eyes and whispers gently “Spirit of the coin…..who will I marry?” she opens her eyes at the same time as the glass starts to move towards the letters, it stops at “A” then it moves towards “R” then “K” and “O” finally it stops at “N”. Tamany stares at the name as she tries to make sense of it, it cant be, the words fly out of her mouth “yuk, is this a sick joke from you guys. Arkon? That disgusting guy in our class?” she is about to remove her fingers from on top of the glass cup when Dewina hisses at her to keep her hands there and not move a muscle.

“No one is joking around here, why would we do such a sick joke on you? He is the most disgusting thing we had all ever seen in our lives” Dewina argues with her. Emiline just looks at both of them as she says “That is just disgusting, I too would never wish that upon you, but the spirit coin said so…therefore your husband will be Arkon.” Emiline then smiles widely at the mishap of her best friend’s horrible future and her excitement starts to grow as she is more than ready to ask her question. Tamany in full devastation of her horrible future forces a confirmation from the spirit coin “Are you sure that the man I will marry is Arkon?” the glass cup moves it’s way down towards the “yes” word and moves back towards the gap that is placed between the “yes” and the “no”. It knows that it is time for Emiline to ask her question.

Emiline takes a deep breath as she says with full force making sure that every letter is pronounced clearly so there is no confusion “ Spirit of the coin…..will I be beautiful to all men when I grow up?” they both stare at her, they cant believe this is what she wants to ask? There are more important questions to ask, but before Dewina can protest the question the glass cup moves directly to the word “yes” and it hangs there, knowing that another question is about to take hold of the moment. Emiline’s smile takes over her dark face and places a twinkle in her eyes then she immediately asks “ How beautiful will I be to all these men?” the glass cup moves up towards the letters as it starts to find the right word to offer Emiline and starts off with the letter “D” then “E” it moves gently across to “L” and moves back to “I” then further back to “G” and then to “H” as it ends with the letter “T”. Surely enough at that very moment Emiline was more than delighted to know that she will be a Delight to men with her beauty.

Dewina has nothing to say to Emiline so she ignores what just happened and turns back to ask her next question. In a gust of unknown wind all the candles are blown off and the glass cup flies off the table eliminating the coin from underneath it. The girls jump up as they scream at the top of their lungs,shoving the table out of the way as they scramble around the room trying to find a way out. The door slams open and to all of their dismay and especially Dewina’s dismay two very angry people are standing at the door staring around the room and then finishing off with a harsh glare at Dewina.

“WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU GIRLS ARE DOING?” Dewina’s mom yells at the top of her lungs

“ Who told you to do the Spirit Coin? How dare you allow the Spirit coin to enter my home without my permission” she moves towards Dewina, grabs her by the hair as she pulls her head back to take a deeper look into her eyes.

She whispers coldly in her ear for all to hear “You… are ….never ….allowed ….to…. leave this house again and your friends are…. never …..allowed….. to… come….. here…. AGAIN” she looks up at Tamany and Emiline and tells them to leave immediately to their homes, their mothers will be notified of their doings and their punishment will be with them not her.

To be continued…….Chapter 2