The Second Deconstruction of Hansel & Gretel (StoryADay)

We already saw the story about how Eugene and Lena McMillan escaped from the circus with the help of their friends Josie Salamati, Seth Burke, Moira Downing, and Trixie Salamati, but now let’s hear the story about how the Teen Rebels helped to get rid of an evil curse plaguing their town.

During the 1880s, a group of wicked magicians placed an evil curse on the city of Montagne Beach, California. That curse resulted in the deaths of any mentally handicapped person living in the city. (It should be noted that no handicapped person lived to see their 10th year.)

After learning about the death of Eugene and Lena’s older brother Carter, Josie was determined to find and end the curse plaguing the town.

“Are you sure this is a good idea, Jo?” said Josie’s best friend Jacey Mayford. “You should know that playing with magic is a dangerous thing. Someone will try to stop you if they find out that you’re trying to stop the curse.”

“But we don’t have a choice,” said Josie. “We can’t afford to have any more children die because we knew about the curse and did nothing. You saw how most people in this town didn’t seem to care that Carter McMillan was found dead, and we both knew him. They didn’t care that Sheila Baines had him killed because I refused to let her bully me. I can’t afford another death on my conscious.”

“So, what are we going to do about the curse?” said Jacey.

“I have a plan,” said Josie.

Well, it wasn’t easy dispelling the curse, as Josie and the Teen Rebels discovered.

The first time they tried to break the spell, Moira and Trixie tried to get their hands on a book at the magic store. But the store owner saw them and confiscated the book, telling them to “be like the other kids and stop sticking your noses in the grown folks’ business”. Needless to say, both girls left the store empty-handed.

“Well, it was a nice try, but you should have seen it coming,” said Seth when the group met to discuss their failure to get the book. “But we’ll try again next time.”

“But it won’t be easy, now that people know we’re onto them,” said Josie. “So we better be careful.”

The others nodded, knowing that they wouldn’t get off with a warning the next time they were caught.

Of course, the second time, Josie and Seth discovered a hidden room at the Montagne Beach Sanitarium, where the birth records every resident born in Montagne Beach from 1845 to the present were kept. They found their own birth records and those of Carter McMillan, but had to leave the hospital at the last second when they heard a strange noise in the halls.

“Well, at least we know who the people were and why they did the deed,” said Trixie as she read the files. “But that still doesn’t explain why Carter and hundreds of other children died.”

“Well, I heard a rumor that the spell used was in a grimoire hidden somewhere in the city,” said Jacey. “But we need to hurry, as I hear there’s going to be a magic show at the Halloween ball.”

“So we can’t waste any more time,” said Josie.

“What should we do now?” said Moira.

“We put our heads together and come up with a plan to stop those evil magicians from causing any more trouble,” said Trixie. “And I know the best way to find what we’re looking for without anyone seeing us.”

Several weeks later, it was the night of the citywide Halloween ball. As they watched the other people dancing, Josie said, “I think I saw someone with the grimoire we’ve been looking for!”

“Really? Where?” said Jacey.

“Connor won’t like it,” said Josie.

To make a long story short, Josie’s boyfriend Connor Finnegan’s older (adopted) brother John had the grimoire and was preparing to do some evil magic when Trixie threw a lantern at him. The lantern broke and burst into flames, burning both John and the book. As the Teen Rebels watched in shock, Seth said, “I think we may have ended the curse.”

“I wouldn’t be too sure about that,” said Josie.

“Why not?” said Moira.

“Because who knows what evils we might have unleashed the minute we destroyed that book,” said Trixie. “I’m scared to know what will happen to us if those magicians foudn out that we destroyed their book and got rid of the spell.”

To make a long story short, the spell was lifted, with the people of Montagne Beach learning about the spell that hovered over the city. As everyone came to grips about the spell, the Teen Rebels learned that even though they stopped an evil spell from controlling their town, they weren’t finished fighting against evil…

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