Matilda ‘Tilly’ Simms hadn’t really enjoyed the celebrations of the festival of Día de los Muertos yesterday as she had been very troubled by the strange behaviour of Murphy – the small furry cat who prowls his way through the sleepy hamlet of All Hallows and who charms all who cross his path – including the grumpy owner of ‘Dogwood & Myrtle General Stores’ old Bella Pendle!
“Oh my!” sighed Tilly as she thought about Murphy stalking the All Hallows graveyard at dusk with some very odd white foam on his face!
And why was he suddenly leaving his grey fur all over the place, Tilly wondered and then she remembered the time when she was enjoying an quiet walk alone and spotted him hiding behind that strange mask of silver!
“Oh my!” sighed Tilly.
As Tilly is something of a creative soul, her imagination was now flying all over the place like the leaves tumbling from the old oak trees surrounding the All Hallows Hamlet and she began to wonder if the cat she had seen was not really Murphy at all but a shape-shifter in disguise or the beastly familiar of an evil witch OR that Murphy was now slowly transforming into a werewolf!
“Oh my!” sighed Tilly and after sighing some more, she knew help was needed and quickly as she was very fond of Murphy even though he had made her quite cross one day when he had chased away those spiders she had been saving for a very special spell.
And having remembered a faded poster pinned to an old tree to hire a Monsignor ‘something or other’ who could chase away all kinds of strange creature – Tilly now went in search of this tree and as it was near the Dolce Vita Patisserie; she knew that her visit across the All Hallows Hamlet would be worth the long journey if there were any of those delicious Cream Pumpkin Pies on offer!
Later that evening and having found the old tree and with a shopping basket full of pie and and a map in her hand; Tilly decided to pay this Monsignor a visit and who she now knew to be the elusive vampyre hunter Monsignor Suárez!
Now, even though she had been warned by a sharp-tongued old crone that the Monsignor lived in the furthest corner of the All Hallows Hamlet and that he did not welcome unexpected visitors – Tilly was still determined and despite her fears, off she went in search of a tiny stone cottage with a rickety wooden porch known to be surrounded by bare trees and mystery.
And with the light fading fast, Tilly finally arrived at the home of the Monsignor and this grim and forbidding place haunted by some hidden terror was everything that Tilly feared it would be and having spotted the tell-tale sign that someone or something had also been there – Tilly wanted to run away as fast as she could.
But despite her terror and determined to do all that she could to help Murphy – Tilly decided she would push that old wooden door open.
Oh my!” sighed Tilly…
TO BE CONTINUED…