A Witch In the Church: Part 2

This Sunday was a solemn occasion for the church.  Pastor Jacks didn’t have much to say, but as usually he quoted from the Bible.

“My heart is heavy and my hopes are low. What does the Bible say about death? He asked the congregation. Turn to John Chapter 5 Verses 28-29  “Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment day.” The pastor read from the Bible. “There is no doubt that our brother Deacon Millsap and his wife will be heard when Jesus return because they have done good to the resurrection of their lives.”

There was not a dry eye in the church, and some members were crying aloud.

“While we’re mourning the death of our brother and his wife, we must celebrate their lives, and what lives it were.  Lives filled with giving and loved.  Lives that we all should celebrate.” Pastor ended his message with a prayer. “Let us pray.”

“While we will miss the work Deacon has done in helping us build a new church, his great works most continue.” Pastor Jacks was speaking to the congregation. “To help with the building of the new church, I have asked sister Sadie Isalove to take Deacon’s place on the building fund-raising committee. She has gladly accepted the job, and I look forward to her contribution to our church.”

Most people looked at each other with wonderment as to say, “Why her?”

Kevin and me were suspicious of Sadie Isalove since we had seen her put something in the cake and take to Deacon’s Millsap house.  I though if we told pastor’s wife that she would somehow put a stop to the woman we thought was pure evil.  Pastor’s wife was standing outside by her car talking a woman named Gertrude Long. They were best friends and neither cared much about Sadie Isalove.  Like Kevin and me, they suspected her evil intent, and we were right.

I tried to get Kevin to tell them but he didn’t want to, so I did it myself. “Mrs. Jacks, I need to talk to you about the new woman in church.”  They were talking about why pastor would put her into such and important position at the church with her not even being a member.

“Mrs. Jacks, I think there’s something you should know about the death of Deacon Millsap.” I said as I approached pastors' wife.

“What is that Malcolm you want?”

“We saw that Sadie Isalove take Deacon Millsap a cake the morning they died." Kevin and me were going to school, and the night before, we saw her put some green stuff into the cake mix.  I think it was poison.” I told her but she didn’t seem surprised, and she looked at me a shook her head up and down.

“We never trusted that woman from the first time we saw her, and me and Gertrude gone drive to Macon County to find out more about her.” They got into her car and drove off.  Kevin and me went back to my house for Sunday supper.

Late that evening when we were coming back from fishing, we saw the High Sheriff again parked in front of the church.  We stopped and peeped into the window, and the sheriff was talking to pastor and pastor was sitting on the floor crying.

“Pastor Jacks, they were on their way to Macon County when they lose control of the car when it ran off the road, hit a guardrail and went down a ravine.  The car caught afire and their bodies were burned beyond recognition.  We’ll tow the car tomorrow to find out just what went wrong.” The sheriff said lifting pastor off the floor and consoling him at the same time. “You got to get it together pastor! You got to be strong for the people in the congregation.  You got to be strong for them!”

The sheriff left the church and the pastor fell back to the floor crying.  We went home to tell what we saw.  What was so wrong that the pastor had broken down like that?

Sadie was outside and she heard everything.  She was outside and she saw everything.  She knew what happened because she had cut the break-line to pastor’s car, and the death of his wife and her friend was apart of her master plan.  Now, she enters the church as a seductress and she was there to seduce Pastor Jacks.

“What you doing in here.  What you want!” Pastor asked after he looked up and saw who it was. It was Sadie Isalove.  She walked over to help him to his feet, and she looked like the old rundown hag that first joined the church, but suddenly her appearance change.  She was no longer the Black big nose, nappy hair monster, but a raven-haired beauty no man could resist.  She was able change here appearance at a glance, and able to seduce better men that pastor.  He ran to her and tried to embrace her. 

They were on the floor and he was having his way with her and then she changed back to the old Sadie Isalove. The witch — Black ugly, big nose, nappy hair’ a monster.  Next, she pulled a long hat pen from her had and stuck in the neck of Pastor Jacks. He turned and twisted for about five minutes.  Now, he was dead Still from the hat pen that had that green poison on the tip.

That was a terrible Sunday when Kevin and me got to church. We found a horrible situation.  Pastor Jacks and his wife were dead; Deacon Millsap and his wife were dead, and Gertrude the pastor’s wife best friend was killed with her in the car accident.  Other members of the congregation were crying in lamentation about the mishaps befallen their church.  On the man-made stage, a deacon was introducing Sadie Isalove as the temporary replacement for Pastor Jacks.  She was seated in pastor’s seat behind the lectern.  This was the worse of the worst for the church, and somehow the boys had to do something to stop what was happening.

The Morris family felt the same way! Momma Morris, the matriarch of the family decided that she would confront Sadie Isalove about what she thought of her.  Sadie was in the church when Momma Morris caught-up with her.  “Since you been here, we at the church have had nothing but luck and trouble.  Pastor Jacks and his wife are dead!  Deacon Millsap and his wife are dead!  The pastor’s wife and her friend are dead!  I think you’re behind all this!” Mamma Morris yelled at Sadie!

That night after the Morris family had supper and went to sleep, someone turned on the gas oven, late that nigh and gas seeped out into the house and killed the family of five.

Another member was found dead in the church when he asked about the Morris family. He was found hanging unside-down. It’s that Sadie Isalove! “I knew it to be here.”

The High Sheriff became suspicious of Sadie, and wanted to talk to her about the murders. They agreed to meet at the church. Sadie was waiting for him hiding behind the door. When the Sheriff entered the church, she jumped him. They fought in the church struggling over his gun. She got hold of the gun and shot the Sheriff, and took his body in the woods next to the church. Kevin and me saw everything.

So scared we were, we left the church and went down to the creek hoping to find Jacob there to tell him what’s happening to their church, and hoping he had answers.  He was there as usually casting his nets, and we immediately got his attention. “Jacob! Jacob!” I called out to him, and he turned and started walking towards us. “Jacob, we got to talk to you about some strange stuff happening at our church.”  I was glad he was at the creek and gladder he would listen to me.

“This woman came to our church one Sunday and all bad things started to happen.” I began to explain. “Our Pastor Jacks and his wife were dead; Deacon Millsap and his wife were dead, and Gertrude the pastor’s wife’s best friend was killed with her in the car accident.  I think all this was the work of the new woman, Sadie Isalove!”

“We even saw her kill the High Sheriff!” Kevin shoot!

“How does she look?” Jacob asked. Wanting to know more about Sadie Isalove.

“She is ugly, black and with a big nose. Her hair is nappy and she looks like a monster.” I said to Jacob. “We saw her baking a pound cake that she gave to Deacon Millsap and his wife.  She put something green into the mix and they ate it and died.”

“Sound like y’all dealing with a witch!!” Jacob said with a loud voice! “Sound like an evil spirit has come to town and the church welcomed it!”

“How we gone know it’s a real witch Mr. Jacob?” Kevin asked.  “How we gone know Sadie is a real witch and not just a mean ass woman?”

“I got just the thing so you can tell.  I got a witch bottle and it will drive out the evilest of witches.  My momma made it and it’s made from Voodoo magic and my mom used it all the time in New Orleans.  She was the Queen of Voodoo.  Most Blacks in America can trace their religion and cloture back to Voodoo.  But, they let Christianity take control of their religious lives.  My momma gave me this bottle, and I’ll give it to you boys to help you out.” Jacob said and then went to his wagon can came back with a bottle full of all kinds of stuff.  He called it a witch bottle.

“What’s in that bottle?” I asked Jacob

“It’s a bottle full of fishhooks, human teeth, shards of glass and an unidentified liquid that I can’t tell you about.  All this is placed in a bottle to ward off witchcraft.” Jacob said.  “Take it back to the church and place it near Sadie, and if she jumps, she’s a witch.  You got place it in within two feet of her, if not, it won’t work.”

We took the witch bottle and ran back to the church.  When we got to the church, Sadie was on the man-made stage preaching.  As we reached front of the church, we stopped, and I had a plan.  Kevin was to take the witch bottle on his hands and knees, and then crawled behind the stage. When he did, he placed the witch bottle under Pastor’s seat.  I was to act like I was shouting to distract attention from Sadie. 

When she finished preaching, she went to sit back down in pastor’s seat, and as soon as she sat down, she jumped like her ass was on fire.  Kevin crawled back towards me and Sadie saw him. She pointed her finger at him, then, she disappeared in a puff of smoke.  When Kevin got back to me, he was braking like a dog.  We both ran as fast as we could back to the creek to tell Jacob what had happen.

We ran back to the creek as fast as we could. When we got back to the creek, I was out of breath and Kevin was still barking like a dog.  “Jacob!  Jacob! It worked!” I said!  “She’s a witch!  She’s a witch!!” I exclaimed over and over! Jacob came over to ask me what had happen? “When we got to the church, Kevin took the witch bottle on his hands and knees then crawled behind the stage, and placed it under pastor’s seat.  To distract her, I was acting like I was shouting then Kevin made his move.”

Kevin was still barking when Jacob got to us; he put his hands on Kevin’s head and he stopped barking just like that.  He wanted to know more.

“What happened after that? Jacob asked.  “When she saw it was Kevin and me, she pointed a finger at us and she disappeared in a puff of smoke.”

“She’s a Doppelganger!” Jacob announced! “She’s a Doppelganger!!  She’s endowed with witchcraft, Satanism and she’s in league with the devil!!”

A Doppelganger is a non-human look-alike or double of a living person, sometimes portrayed as a ghostly of bad luck with an evil twin.  All living creatures have a spirit double who is invisible but identical to the living individual. These second-selves are perceived as being distinct from ghosts (which appear only after death), and sometimes they are described as the spiritual opposite or negative of their human counterparts referred to such as a specter.

“My mom had a cure to get rid of a Doppelganger witch,” Jacob said to the two boys. Then, he went into a wooded area and came back with a wet rag. The rag had three plants wrapped in it.

“What you got there?” I asked Jacob.

“This is what we need to stop a Doppelganger witch.” Jacob answered with a smirk on his face. “These three poison plants Ivy, Oak and Sumac when put together will take away powers of a Doppelganger, but, you got to douse the plants with water before it works”

Jacob took the three poison plants and looped apiece fishing string through each poison plant, and tied the ends together into an ankle bracelet. He showed how to connect and disconnect the two ends to make the bracelet hold.

“You boys better be very careful, a Doppelganger practices the Black Arts the witch got special powers and can sense trouble!” Jacob warned the boys “Remember, you got to use the water to activate the poison plants.”

“You ready Kevin?” I looked around and Kevin was shacking like a leaf, scared. I took the rag with the bracelet and called out to Kevin! “Kevin, get ready to go get and Sadie!” He stood there for a moment and walked over to me with his head down. I was scared too but we had to stop that witch Sadie.

“What happened after that? Jacob asked.  “When she saw it was Kevin and me, she pointed a finger at us and she disappeared in a puff of smoke.”

“She’s a doppelganger!” Jacob announced! “She’s a doppelganger!!  She’s endowed with witchcraft, Satanism and she’s in league with the devil!!”

A Doppelganger is a non-human look-alike or double of a living person, sometimes portrayed as a ghostly of bad luck with an evil twin.  All living creatures have a spirit double who is invisible but identical to the living individual. These second-selves are perceived as being distinct from ghosts (which appear only after death), and sometimes they are described as the spiritual opposite or negative of their human counterparts referred to such as a Dark Specter.

“My mom put a hex on to get rid of a Doppelganger witch,” Jacob said to the two boys. Then, he went into a wooded area and came back with a wet rag. The rag had three plants wrapped in it.

“What you got there?” I asked Jacob.

“This is what we need to stop a Doppelganger witch.” Jacob answered with a smirk on his face. “These three poison plants Ivy, Oak and Sumac when put together will take away powers of a Doppelganger, but, you got to douse the plants with water before it works”

Jacob took the three poison plants and looped apiece fishing string through each poison plant, and tied the ends together into an ankle bracelet. He showed how to connect and disconnect the two ends to make the bracelet hold.

“You boys better be very careful, a Doppelganger witch got special powers and can sense trouble!” Jacob warned the boys “Remember, you got to use the water to activate the poison plants.” Jacob knew all about Voodoo, and I believed he had to help us stop Sadie.

“You ready Kevin?” I looked around and Kevin was, scared shacking like a leaf. I took the rag with the bracelet and called to Kevin again! “Kevin, get ready to go so we  can get Sadie!” He stood there for a moment and walked over to me with his head down. I was scared too but we had to stop that witch.

Meanwhile, Malcolm’s mom and her sister Maya were concerned that the boy’s hadn’t come home from church for Sunday supper. “They never miss Sunday supper with fried chicken, greens and potato-salad!” Maya said! “We need to go look for them!”

The two sisters left the house headed for the church. They passed the abandon house where Sadie was staying and noticed that lights were on. “Ain’t nobody is suppose to be living here!” Maya said.

“You think somebody is in there?’

The two sisters walked around the house looking in the windows. They didn’t see anybody, but Sadie saw them. She walked to the front door and stood at the side door entrance.

“The door is opened!” Maya yelled to her sister and she peeped in the door. Then she walked in.  When she entered, Sadie was waiting for her, and she through Voodoo dust in her eyes. Maya fell to the floor. That’s when Ann, Malcolm’s mom walked in. She got the dust too in the face and fell to the floor. Sadie dragged the two women to stares to then up to attic and tied them to two chairs. Tired, Sadie went back down to rest and had fallen asleep.

As we got to the house, we couldn’t hear a sound. “Let me look in the window to see what I can see.” I told Kevin and then I stood up to look in the window. I saw Sadie; she was sleeping in the chair. “I can see her!” I said quietly to Kevin. “Let’s go to the front door and if it’s open.” So, we crawled on the ground until we got to the front door. “Want me to go in first?” I asked to Kevin.

“Yeah, you go in first” he answered.  So then I stood up and tried to open the door and it open. I could see Sadie sleeping in the chair. I stepped inside and Kevin was in tow. I gave him the rage with the poison bracelet, and told him to crawl on the floor and put it on her ankle. He acted like he didn’t want to do it at first but I egged him on.

“Go now!” I said in hushed voice. He looked at me and crawled to her. When he reached Sadie, he took the poison bracelet from the rage and wrapped it around her ankle. I was afraid she would wake-up and she did. She felt Kevin’s hands on her ankle and looked down at him. Then she jumped up and kicked at Kevin. He moved just in time, but dropped the vile of water we had to put on the poison bracelet. Before Kevin could get away,  she was on his back. Then, he rolled over on top of her. She pulled a vile of Voodoo dust, and tried to through in Kevin’s face, but she dropped it.

As Sadie and Kevin fought on the floor for the Voodoo dust, I was scared stiff. So scared, I couldn’t even move. Kevin reached for the vile but it rolled under the table. He picked the vile of Voodoo dust and as he stood up, Sadie came at him like a wild animal. They struggled and she pushed him back on the table knocking over a kerosene lantern. Now, the house was in flames, but they were still fighting. I saw a picture of water and used it to try to put out the fire. When I threw the water, most of the water landed on Sadie and rolled her leg onto the poison bracelet. She let loose of Kevin and started spinning like a top. Kevin took the Voodoo dust and threw it in her face, and she disappeared in a puff of smoke.

I heard my mom crying for help up stairs. The house was burning fast.  “You hear what I hear?” I asked Kevin.  It’s our moms and we went up stairs and untied them and we all ran from the house ablaze.

As we left the house, it blow up in flames. Then, in the smoke, an aberration appeared in the sky. I knew then that Sadie had gotten away.

That Sunday morning, the solemnest was gone from the church.  There was a news pastor, a new deacon board and several new members. Kevin gave me a high five, and we back to the creek looking for Jacob to tell what had happened, but he was gone.

      Two week later in Savannah


“My fellow member New Zion Baptist Church, we have a special guest visiting us this Sunday. She’s from Macon County, and her name is Sadie Isalove.’ The pastor said pointing at the strange woman sitting in the front row. Again, Sadie stood and bowed her head out of respect for our pastor. And, the members of the church welcomed her as one of their on.

                             

The End

 

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