Himalaya 16 Conceal

The Story so far

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Ben looked round at the four other people in the room.  “That’s strange,” he thought, “there are only three people who’s aura I can not read and they are all sat in the room with me.”  They were Craig, his twin and Tania who were all an enigma, as their feelings were concealed. Mr Webb however was an open book. At the moment he was showing a bright orange, an indication he was agitated. When he explained the situation to Ben it was green, indicating he was telling the truth. 

“What we need to work out,” Ben suggested, “is what is going on. Is someone trying to steal one of the horses or is something else going on?  In this day and age, with DNA testing, stealing a stud horse for stud purposes would be impossible. Stealing a horse for ransom could be a possibility. That could have been what happened with Shergar. When was that?”

Mr Webb was thoughtful for a moment. “1981, I believe. That’s forty years ago. The ransom was 2 million then, so what would they ask now? No one knows what happened to Shergar, it’s a mystery. It was tragic.  I can’t have that happen to White Orchid or any of my horses. How do you steal and conceal a racehorse? If that is what is going on, I must contact the police immediately.”

“It has to be an inside job for someone to be able to change your security tapes. The question is, what was the glass that cut Ali’s hand? I think, we can ignore the suggestion that she had been drinking and had a drink in her hand. The night Ali was attacked something was going on that involved a glass container which got broken,” Ben kept a close eye on Mr Webb watching his aura. It was still green. He continued, “You could contact the police but that might escalate the situation. I could visit the stables and take a look around if you could think of a cover story.” 

It took nearly half a hour to come up with a plan of action.  Ben would visit the stables later in the day. He would pose as a writer doing research for a book about retired racehorses.  Mr Webb would visit the police and discuss the situation with them. With such valuable horses at the stud, not just his stallions but the visiting mares he declared he could not afford to take risks.  Discretion was paramount, his business could be damaged if it became known he had a security problem.

When Mr Webb had left, Ben explained his position to Craig. He was on ‘Leave’ following a disagreement with his superiors. He believed someone was innocent when all the evidence suggested a man was guilty. How could he explain that he could read people’s auras. So it had been suggested he take a couple of weeks leave. That was why Ben had be driving to Oxford when Craig rang.

Ali had listened with fascination to the conversations. “I just don’t understand what’s going on. Please explain it in simple language. I am so confused, Craig.”

Craig took a deep breath. “Well I didn’t mean to conceal things from any of you. When I was in the Himalayas, during the eclipse, I saw two unicorns. Yes, I know they don’t exist. I thought it was an hallucination, but then things keep happening. It’s bizarre! I can heal people if I think of the unicorns. The problem is that there are side effects. Ben can see auras, Tania can transport herself, Ali you are telepathic. I  can hear what you are thinking and if I am touching someone they too can hear as well. Then there is a girl called Jane who can play a harp exceptionally well where before she could not play. The other person is Alisha in Kathmandu, who sends me pictures foretelling the future. The thing is, I got a picture in an email today. It shows the four of us sitting in a circle holding hands. It’s similar to Alisha’s earlier picture of Jane, so I know it’s South Park from the way she has drawn the skyline.  Jane is there in the distance with the harp, which means it must be Sunday when Jane is giving a concert.”

“This is ridiculous, teleporting, telepathy, healing and foretelling the future! Theses  things don’t exist, Craig, you are fantasising,” Ben interrupted.

“Just as reading people’s aura isn’t possible but you do it,” Craig quickly retorted.

“No one can teleport,” Ali added, as she was finding it as difficult to take it all in as Ben.

“I can only ‘think myself’ to where Craig is,” Tania explained. “I can’t go where I want. It’s weird, I tried to go from my bedroom into the bathroom once and ended in Craig’s room.”

“That could be embarrassing,” Ben commented but after a moments thought he added, “Almost as embarrassing as four adults, sitting in a circle, holding hands, in a public park during a concert. It’s not going to happen.”

Craig looked at Tania, “At least you believe me don’t you?”

“Yes but there are so many things we don’t know. Like if I transport myself can other people see me.  If Ali can hear what horses are thinking, can she hear what cats think. If Jane can play the harp, how does it relate to being able to read auras. Then again do Alisha’s pictures relate to the future or are we making things happen. If we all go to the park on Sunday because of the picture, then Alisha hasn’t predicted the future, she has created it. Do you see what I mean?” Tania thoughtfully tried to make sense of the situation.

“What! Ali can hear what horses are thinking? I have come to a mad house,” a shocked Ben commented.

“No, it’s just the house of the ‘Magical Unicorns’, or so Mr Webb told us earlier. I didn’t know Tania’s father was a singer in a band called the ‘Magical Unicorns’. I didn’t know the legend of the Unicorns until Ben told me in the Himalayas. Something is drawing us together. It has to be the Magical Unicorns. They have made us super heroes. The question is, what do they want us to do?” Craig challenged.

Himalaya 15 Tea

“Let’s just think this out, we can’t stay in a lay-by arguing, so perhaps, Tania, if you rang your father, I could talk to him and I could explain the situation,” Craig suggested.

Tania just stared at him for a moment, “You are going to tell my father you have magical powers and we are super heroes?” 

“Well, not exactly in those words,” Craig offered. “What harm is it going to do? It can’t get much worse. I need to stop him evicting Linda. She hasn’t done anything.”

Tania reluctantly rang her father, then handed Craig the phone.  After an extremely strange conversation Craig had managed to explain that Tania, Linda and himself were all on the same University course. They were all just friends. The situation of Ali being at the house was just temporary, until they had sorted her job problems out. Ali’s employer was coming so they could talk in a neutral atmosphere. Oh! and another friend was also going to come as a mediator. After today it would hopefully all be sorted out. If not they would find somewhere else for Ali to stay. Craig then handed the phone back to Tania.

After a short conversation Tania ended the call. “He says that if it’s not all sorted in 48 hours we can all leave. So now I am being evicted as well.”

“I am sorry Tania. Let’s get going. Can we call at the halls of residence? I need to see if there is any post.” Craig hoped that there would be another fortune telling picture from Alisha.

“Ok, but you do realise that if my father looks at the full security tapes at the house,  rather than just glancing at them he will hear all the conversation too. My father will not appreciate Ben being there, so you can’t  mention he is a policeman,” Tania insisted.

“Ben told me he was a civil servant it was only a few days ago he explained he was a Police Inspector. I will stick to the story he is a Civil Servant,” Craig agreed.

When they arrived at the house, they all went in. Ali lay down on the settee, she was confused. Her head ached and she kept saying ‘I can talk to animals. That’s ridiculous,” Only Craig could hear her subconscious ramblings. Tania was upset and kept asking Craig, “What are you going to do to solve this?”, with the two girls talking at him at the same time. Craig was only grateful that Linda was at the hospital this morning. His head was in a spin.

There had been no letter from Tibet, but when he looked at his phone he discovered he had an email from the Orphanage in Kathmandu. He had forgotten when he had written to the Orphanage he had given them his email address. He opened up the email and there was a picture.  He was mystified and confused. 

Before he could show Tania the picture, Mr Webb had arrived.

He was shown into the lounge by Tania. Mr Webb looked around. “I recognise this house. It is ‘The Magical Unicorn’s house.’ I should have known when I saw the car yesterday,” was his surprising comment as he looked around.

“What!” Exclaimed Craig totally thrown by the comment.

“The pop group. I was a big fan,” Mr Webb explained. “We used to come and stand outside in the hope of seeing the group. This was Bob Head’s house.”

“The group was the ‘Magical Unicorn’ I didn’t realise, before my time,” Craig sounded shocked. Why had Tania not told him what her father did.

“Think I should make Tea,” Tania announced and disappeared hastily.

“You must know their song ‘Fairy, dance with me.’ It’s a classic. They are always playing it on the radio.  It’s on the album ‘Magic’ That’s the picture over there that’s on the cover,” Mr Webb further explained. Craig turned to the picture that he had noticed when he first had come to the house. It showed the same car, they had been using, with four hippy looking men leaning on it. He had heard the song only yesterday. He had always thought it was just another love song. It had never occurred to him what was the true meaning. It was about a father wanting to dance with his daughter. 

Tania returned with the tea tray. She looked a little shyly at Craig. “Perhaps I should have mentioned the ‘Magical Unicorn’?”

‘Perhaps you should,” Craig was still stunned by the Unicorn connection.

“What are you talking about?” Ali asked sitting up looking totally confused.

Before Craig could say anything his phone rang. He answered it while Tania poured the tea and handed the cups out.

“Ben will be with us in about ten minutes,” Craig explained before turning to speak directly to Mr Webb. “Ben is a friend. He is an expert on security. I thought he might be able to help. Someone must have access to your security at the Stables to have been able to change you security tapes to make it look like Ali had fallen in the yard and no one else was there. Ali did nothing. She was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

“That had occurred to me having had time to think about it,” Mr Webb pointed put. “I should contact the police rather than be here.”

“Involving the police and you may never find out the truth,” Craig responded. “The perpetuators are already covering their tracks. They have had time. As long as they think you are blaming Ali they might wait to see how things pan out.”

“But some of the horses in the Stables are worth millions as stud stallions. I can’t take risks. If the security is compromised I have to contact the Police,” Mr Webb expressed his concern.

“Who ever compromised the security, probably works in the stables or has access on a regular basis to the horses,” Craig pointed out. “The one person you know can’t be involved is Ali because someone attacked her. I think we should drink our tea.  Ben will be here soon. Then we can all talk about it and come up with a plan of action.”

Himalaya 14 – Wretched

Story so far

Craig a medical student, had been climbing in the Himalayas during a solar eclipse when two Unicorns had licked his hands. They gave him the magical power of healing. He healed Ben a climber. Later in Katmandu hospital Craig healed Alisha an injured orphan child.

Back at University, Craig received a letter from Katmandu. He dropped it and it was picked up by Tania (Titania). Craig opened the letter which also contained a drawing from the Alisha. The picture showed him, with the two unicorns and also a fairy that looked like Tania.

Craig’s twin sister Ali (Alisa) had moving to Castle Stud.

Ben, the climber and a detective came to Oxford. He told Craig he could now see people’s auras and if they told the truth.

After Craig healed a girl (Jane), who had could now play a harp.

Craig realised he had healed Tania of cancer. Tania appeared in his room looking translucent, a side effect of the healing magic. Ali, Craig’s sister had had an accident and had been admitted to hospital. Craig healed Ali but now he could talk to her telepathically. The unicorn stallion gave Craig a white orchid which he asked Linda to make into a brooch. Craig and Tania took Ali back to the Stud from Hospital. Ali was told she was sacked for drinking in the stable yard. When they revisited the stables a second time Ali was distressed as she could hear voices in her head.

Craig remained kneeling by Ali for a few moments in the stables office. He turned to Tania and asked her to hold Ali’s other hand.

“Ali, I know you are feeling wretched but you are still suffering from concussion,” he told her gently. “We should take you back to the house.” Craig then stood up leaving Tania with Ali.

He addressed Mr Webb with more confidence than he felt. “Ali needs to rest. Coming out here is too much for her. Could you come down to the house in, say, a hour then we can discuss what you are going to do about Ali’s job.”

“I could ring you. I am busy this morning,” Mr Webb insisted. He seemed agitated as he looked from the video screen photos then to his wife and then back to Craig.

“Ali could sue you for negligence but we could discuss it quietly. What Ali wants is her job back. I will expect you in an hour, no later, as Tania and I are working at the hospital later. Don’t do anything until we have talked, involving the police might cause a problem,” Craig then took Ali’s arm and walked her to Tania’s car.

Tania seemed upset while Ali was holding her head. As Tania drove out of the stables, Craig turned to the back seat, where Ali was sitting. “Your head is better now the voices are gone.” It was a statement not a question. “I have a great deal to explain but we can do that at the house. I have to make a call.”

Craig called Ben and from the conversation Tania realised he was being invited to visit the house. She pulled into a lay-by. “Craig you can not invite Ben to my father’s house,” she angrily interrupted.

Craig merely told Ben to ring him when he reached Oxford.

“My father rang last night and told me off for inviting you and Ali into the house,” Tania seemed distressed. “You cannot invite Ben or Mr Webb to the house.”

“How will he know?” Craig wondered as he tried to work out what to do, having already made the invitations.

“My father watches the security video,” Tania sounded annoyed, but she continued trying to explain. “I told him Ali was a friend who needed a bed for the night but he wasn’t happy. Also he thinks you are my boyfriend and has told me you are not to visit and, as for Ben, he would be really angry.”

“What is it about Ben? He couldn’t think Ben was a boyfriend. He’s old enough to be your father!” Craig was perplexed by the subject.

Ali interrupted, still sounding wretched, “I don’t know what you are on about but I could find a place if you don’t want me.”

Craig turned back to his twin sister. “Ali it’s complicated.” Craig took a deep breath. He had to explain sooner or later. “When I was in the Himalayas something strange happened.”

“I know that. I have had funny feelings ever since the day of the eclipse. I wondered if you saw it but you haven’t talked about it,” Ali answered.

“Yes that was when it happened but I am not able to explain it right now but I can heal people. I just have to touch them and think of what happened that eclipse.” Craig paused to see the effect on his sister. “The problem is, there are side affects.”

“Side affects! What are you talking about? Healing people is a good thing if you want to be a doctor, isn’t it?” Ali asked sounding confused.

“Well yes and no. I healed a girl called Jane and she is now an expert at playing the harp. Alisha in Tibet keeps sending me pictures foretelling the future. The thing is, I tried to heal you and you have a side affect.”

“What side affect?” Ali asked in alarm.

“You are telepathic,” Craig explained as gently as he could, “I can hear your thoughts and if I am touching Tania, she can hear them as well.”

“Hear my thoughts? I don’t believe you,” Ali was sounding distressed.

“Think of a five figure number, Ali,” Craig told his sister as he reached out to hold Tania’s hand.

After a pause Tania repeated Ali’s thoughts, “ 67839” Ali sat open mouthed.

“There is more Ali. The voices you heard in the stable office, you received them telepathically,” Craig calmly explained.

“But they were talking rubbish, they kept asking who I was and what I wanted,” Ali objected.

“Yes but I think it was White Orchid, the stallion that was talking to you. Remember you were touching the white orchid brooch.”

“What! Are you saying I was listening to the ramblings of a horse? That’s ridiculous,” Ali exclaimed putting her hands up to her head.

Craig tried to reassure her, “The brooch is the link between you and White Orchid. I know it sounds strange but no stranger than Ben being able to know if people are telling the truth. He can see their auras. That’s why we need Ben here so he knows who is telling us the truth and who is lying,” he turned to look at Tania. “He has a camper van. All we have to do is find somewhere for him to park. Your father can’t be angry if he just came to the house.”

Tania just stared at Craig for a moment before answering him. “You don’t understand. If my father came back to England he would be arrested. The last thing he wants is a police inspector nosing round the house.”

‘I feel wretched,’ Ali transmitted her thoughts but as Craig was still holding Tania’s hand she too could hear. ‘Let me get this straight. I can talk to you telepathically. I can be a Dr Dolittle and talk to animals. You friend’s a lie detector. Oh and Tania’s father’s a criminal.’

“Well I guess that sums it up, apart from I get pictures foretelling the future and Tania can transport herself to places. We are like super heroes but everything seems to relates back to White Orchid,” Craig added.

“and,” Tania explained, trying to set the record straight, “My father’s not a criminal, not yet. He hasn’t been arrested.”

Himalaya – 13 Liberate

Story so far

Craig a medical student, had been climbing in the Himalayas during a solar eclipse when two Unicorns had licked his hands. They gave him the magical power of healing. He healed Ben a climber. Later in Katmandu hospital Craig healed Alisha an injured orphan child.

Back at University, Craig received a letter from Katmandu. He dropped it and it was picked up by Tania (Titania). Craig opened the letter which also contained a drawing from the Alisha. The picture showed him, with the two unicorns and also a fairy that looked like Tania.

Craig’s twin sister Ali (Alisa) had moving to Castle Stud.

Ben, the climber and a detective came to Oxford. He told Craig he could now see people’s auras and if they told the truth.

After Craig’s first day on the wards he helped a girl (Jane), who had a harp.

Craig realised he had healed Tania of cancer. Tania appeared in his room looking translucent, a side effect of the healing magic. Ali, Craig’s sister had had an accident and had been admitted to hospital. Craig healed Ali but now he could talk to her telepathically. The unicorn stallion gave Craig a white orchid which he asked Linda to make into a brooch. Craig and Tania took Ali back to the Stud from Hospital. Ali was told she was sacked for drinking in the stable yard.

Tania had suggested they went straight to her house. Craig had expected a typical shared student lodgings. It was in fact a detached house in extensive grounds. The security gates opened automatically as did the garage doors.

Craig and Ali got out while Tania hid her multicoloured car in the double garage. Craig carried Ali’s things and they went through the front door into a spacious hall.

“Not what I was expecting,” Craig said as he looked around. Linda emerged from a room.

“Hi,” she exclaimed. “Tania doesn’t usually bring visitors.”

“Ali needed somewhere to stop, so I said she can sleep on the sofa,” Tania led them through to an enormous lounge with french windows looking out on to well kept gardens. “Just pop Ali’s things on one of the sofas for now and I will show you around.”

Tania took them into the room Linda had emerged from. It was a large dining room but the table was covered with boxes.

“This was the dining room but Linda has taken over,” Tania explained.

“I am making badges for a rally. Hang on I have your brooch here,” as Linda unearthed a small box and handed it to Craig. He opened it and it was the white orchid.

Craig in turn gave it to Ali. “This is for you.”

“Whoo, thanks, this is beautiful. It looks real. I’ll save it for a special occasion.” Ali stared at it.

“It is to wear now to bring good luck. It’s a kind of magical brooch,” Craig pinned it onto her top.

“This is the kitchen but the rest of the rooms down stairs are out of bounds. Linda and I have rooms upstairs but the other rooms are also out of bounds,” Tania said leading them back to the dining room after a quick tour of the kitchen.

“Are there only two of you here,” Craig wondered out aloud.

“Yes, It’s my father’s House. You will find his rooms locked. He thinks if I stay here we will be cheaper than security,” Tania joked a little bitterly. “Otherwise I only see him about once every five years.”

“What are you making?” Ali asked Linda looking at all the badges.

“Well, I made some for a rally, now every time anyone does a protest I get asked to make badges. Someone always wants to liberate someone or something,” Linda explained.

“My Dad, the hippy, was always liberating animals from research labs,” Tania told them.

Craig thought that there was a mysterious past but hesitated to ask. “Now we prescribe the drugs that your father was trying to prevent being tested to save lives.”

“Very true, but we had better go, Craig, or we will be late getting to the hospital,” Tania reminded him.

Craig and Tania had a busy shift on the Geriatrics Ward. Tania arranged to pick Craig up next morning about 9 o’clock for their visit to Castle Stud Farm.

Tania was on time. Craig was late. He had to sit in the back as Ali was in the front seat. “Glad to see you are wearing your brooch,” Craig commented as he got in the car.

“Yes. It’s so pretty,” Ali replied. ‘Tania made me wear it,’ Ali’s subconscious added.

Craig wondered if he should tell his sister she was sending telepathic messages. “Do you remember yet why you were in the stable yard?” Craig cautiously asked.

“No, it’s all still a blank,” Ali answered, ‘I saw someone from my bedroom window in the yard’ was the subconscious reply.

“I was late because I was talking to Ben,” Craig explained juggling the thoughts in his had. “He was a climber I was with in the Himalayas,” Craig told Ali adding. “He is also a Police Inspector. I was asking his advice.”

Ali wasn’t sure that her getting sacked was a criminal matter. Finally they arrived at the Stud and they were reluctantly let in and taken to the office.

Mr Webb, the owner of the Stud, met them and immediately produced a photo taken from the security camera. It showed Ali lying on the floor in the yard. There was glass scattered by her hand and a bucket on it’s side.

Craig and Tania studied the photo while Ali told Mr Webb that she didn’t drink so it couldn’t be alcohol in the glass.

“Could we see some shots taken before this one to show Ali falling, please,” Craig asked not satisfied.

Mr Webb was not happy but finally agreed. He phoned his wife with instructions. Mr Webb was not going to let them near the security system. Mrs Webb arrived with two photos, “I had difficulty in isolating the moment Ali fell,” she told them putting two photos on the table.

Craig studied them for a time looking at all three photos. “This one,” Craig pointed to one of the new photos. “The time stamp says ten, twenty three and three seconds shows the yard empty but there is a broom and bucket by the stable door. This one, three seconds later shows Ali on the floor. The bucket is by her but there is no broom by the stable door. That’s a lot to happen in three seconds, Ali to come into the yard and the broom to disappear.”

Mr Webb then studied the two photos Craig had indicated. Tania was also studying the photos “It’s a bit like spot the difference pictures you get in the paper. If you look at the background not at Ali there are a lot of little things that are different.”

“Are you suggesting I have doctored the tapes?” Mr Webb sounded angry.

“No,” Craig hastily replied, “You wouldn’t need to. I think Ali interrupted someone in your yard, someone who was able to access you security system and to reset your tape. It wasn’t Ali because she was unconscious. The question is who and what were they doing?”

Ali had plonked her self down in a chair. She looked pale. One hand was on her orchid brooch, the other was holding her head. “I can hear voices in by head,” Ali sounded totally confused.

Craig knelt by his sister and touched her arm. He could also hear the voices and he realised who was speaking.

Himalaya 12 – The Flute

Story so far

Craig a medical student, had been climbing in the Himalayas during a solar eclipse when two Unicorns had licked his hands.  They gave him the magical power of healing. He touched an injured climber, Ben and he was healed.  Later in Katmandu Craig healed Alisha by holding her hand and telling her the story of the Unicorns.

Back at University, Craig received a letter from Katmandu which he dropped. It was picked up by Tania (Titania).  When Craig opened the letter, it also contained a drawing from the Alisha.  The picture showed him, with the two unicorns and also a fairy that looked like Tania.

Craig’s twin sister Ali (Alisa) had moving to Castle Stud.

Ben, the climber and a detective came to Oxford to tell Craig he could now see people’s auras and c if they told the truth.  Craig and Tania didn’t have a coloured aura to read.

 After Craig’s first day on the wards  helped a girl (Jane), who had a harp. 

Craig realised he had healed Tania of cancer.  Tania appeared in his room looking translucent, a side effect of the healing magic. Craig received a phone call to say Ali had had an accident and had been admitted to hospital. Craig healed Ali but now he could talk to her telepathically. The unicorn stallion gave Craig a white orchid which made him think the unicorns want him to help White Orchid a horse at the Stud. Craig and Tania took Ali back to the Stud from Hospital and were met at the gate.

12 The Flute

The man who was wearing a cloth cap and riding boots, stared at the multicoloured car, then at the occupants. He stepped through the gate closing it behind him. He walked to the driver’s side of the car. “This is private property.  You can reverse out,” he sternly advised.

Craig got out of the passenger seat and leant on the gold coloured car roof which had butterflies painted on it. “We have brought my sister back from the hospital.  She lives here.”

The man looked in the back of the car as if he had only just noticed Ali. “Well! Not any more. She was on trial and walking round the stables at night while drunk is not acceptable. She can collect her things but you stay out of here.”

“What!”  A shocked Ali had got out of the car and stared at the man. “I don’t know who you are?”

The man had by now walked round the car and faced the brother and sister but he spoke directly to Ali, “I am the Head Groom. Now I will let you in to collect your things but not these two.”  He nodded towards Craig and Tania.

Tania, who had also got out of the car, had been looking at the sign by the gate, that not only announced ‘Castle Stud Farm’ but also said underneath the owners names. “We would like to speak to Mr Webb, please,” she announced. “You can’t sack Ali for having an accident.”

The Head Groom was defiant. “I am in charge of the stables,” he stated. “I was away when Ali was engaged but I am back now and what I say goes.”

Tania rang the number conveniently displayed on the board. Craig listened as Tania in a mixture of polite requests and firm demands talked to someone on the other end of the phone.

Groom angrily intervened. “You shouldn’t have done that.  The family are celebrating the arrival of a new grandchild.” 

A few minutes later a tall grey haired man, holding a champagne flute, came out to the gate. He looked suspiciously at the psychedelic car and Tania with her long black hair falling nearly to her waist who was wearing a long black dress.   He shook his head and looked at his champagne flute as if to question how much he had drunk. “Well!”`he paused. “Ali, we weren’t on site last night when you had your Er…. accident.” He looked at Ali as he spoke, “James here has pointed out to me that drinking in the yard is a dismissible offence. I am sorry but I have to dismiss you.”

“But I don’t drink,” protested Ali.

“There was glass by the bucket you fell over,” James informed everyone.

“I don’t remember what happened. I just know I have never had a  drink in my life. I don’t know why I was in the yard,” Ali defended herself struggling to remember the events of last night.

While was Ali’s conscious voice talking, her subconscious voice was telling Craig a different story. “Perhaps,” Craig translated her thoughts, “You heard something that made you go out to investigate.”

“No one else heard anything except you shouting out when you fell,” James commented smugly.

“If that is true, can we see the security footage from last night?” Craig requested.

“No you can’t,” Mr Webb firmly responded, “No one sees that, especially strangers like you.”

“Thats right,” James butted in.

Mr Webb continued, “You say you are Ali’s brother but if you are twins you look nothing alike.  I know nothing about any of you. Ali could have told us a pack of lies on her C.V. I can’t show you our security system. You could be trying to steal our horses for all I know.”

Craig wasn’t going to be defeated. “Then will you look at the footage Mr Webb? I can see that this moment is not a good time. I suggest we come back tomorrow and we can then discuss the situation. You can’t sack Ali because she had a fall, not without evidence that she did something wrong.  My sister has come down from Scotland for this job. She has nowhere to go.”

“She can collect her things now. I don’t want her on site,” Mr Webb stressed but added, “I will see you tomorrow, at shall we say, 10 o’clock?” Craig had to be satisfied with that.

“But I can’t drive my car away,” Ali protested sounding confused.

Craig explained that because Ali was still concussed she should not drive it. It was finally agreed that Ali should be let in to get a bag of overnight things and they would return tomorrow.  Tania had offered to let her sleep on the sofa of the house she shared with Linda, a fellow medical student. 

While they were driving back to Oxford the topic of conversation was the stables until Craigs mobile rang. It was from Mrs Morris, the mother of Jane, the girl with the harp, who Craig had helped when she had an accident in South Park.

“Jane’s Mother,” Craig explained to the others, “rang to say thank you.  Jane’s fine. Jane and her brother are going to put on a little concert in South Park on Sunday. They would like me to come, so Jane could say thank you in person.”  Craig paused and then looking at Tania adding pointedly, “Jane’s harp playing has improved beyond recognition.  Her teacher was stunned by her improvement. She has so much confidence in her playing that she will be playing the harp and  her brother will accompany her on the flute.”

Craig felt relief.  If the side effect of his healing Jane was only an improvement in her harp playing he could cope with that.  What he had to do now was concentrate on Ali’s problem and the conundrum of why the Unicorns wanted him to take an interest in White Orchid, the stallion at the Stud.  He secretly hoped that Alisha, in Kathmandu, would send him another picture with a clue in it. 

Himalaya 11 – Brooch

Story so far

Craig a medical student, had been climbing in the Himalayas during a solar eclipse when two Unicorns had licked his hands. When he touched an injured climber, Ben he was miraculously healed. Later in Katmandu Craig sat by an unconscious girl Alisha holding her hand and telling her the story of the Unicorns. She too healed.

Back at University, Craig feared that either he had been hallucinating or he had the power to heal. Either way he faced problems. On the first day of term he received a letter from Katmandu which he dropped. It was picked up by Tania (Titania). When Craig opened the letter, it also contained a drawing from the Alisha. The picture showed him, with the two unicorns and also a fairy (Titania) wearing a crown. The fairy looked like Tania.

Craig’s twin sister Ali (Alisa) who had moving to be closer to him.

Ben, the climber and a detective came to Oxford because he could see people’s auras and could tell if someone was telling the truth. However Craig and Tania didn’t have a coloured aura to read.

Craig’s first day on the wards had gone well with no one being healed. But later he helped a girl (Jane), who had a harp. He also saw Tania were she should not have been.

Tania had thought she had cancer but tests, showed that she was now clear of cancer. Craig realised he may have cured her. Tania appeared in his room looking translucent. Craig received a phone call to say Ali had had an accident and had been admitted to hospital. Craig healed Ali but now he could talk to her telepathically.

He dreamt that he was in a meadow near a castle. He saw the unicorn stallion again. He picked a flower. When he awoke Tania’s translucent form was in his room and they realised the flower was a white orchid, the name of one of the horses in the Castle Stud Stables.

There was noise outside the door, other students were waking up. Craig heard a knock on his door and the door opened. He wished he had locked his door but he had been too tired last night. He turned to look where Tania had been but she had disappeared. He thought that was one advantage of being able to transport yourself.

Matthew a fellow student looked round the room. “I thought you had a girl in here with you,” he said with a cheeky smile, as he looked round curiously, “where have you hidden her?”

“There’s no one here but me and if there was someone, you shouldn’t have walked in,” Craig responded agitated.

“I definitely heard voices,” Matthew insisted, as he searched the room for a hiding places.

Craig panicked so he reached for his phone, dropping the white orchid on his bed. “I was on the phone.”

“Oh, it’s just that you suddenly seem popular with the girls.” He reached down and picked up the flower Craig had dropped. “What’s this? I thought it was a real flower but it’s porcelain, it’s very realistic.” He held the flower flat on his hand. “Who does it belong to?”

Craig looked at it in surprise, how could a flower that was real while he held it suddenly be porcelain? More importantly how was he going to explain it? His mind worked overtime. “My sister is in hospital after a fall, it’s hers.” He took it back from Matthew. “I am keeping it for her, it’s her favourite brooch.”

The phone rang, Craig hesitated, “It might be the hospital they were only keeping Ali in over night. I have to answer this.” He paused then added, “in private.”

“OK,” Matthew muttered as he left.

Craig answered the phone to realise with relief it was Tania. After confirming Matthew had gone, he told Tania about the orchid being porcelain. Once over the shock,Tania suggested that they asked Linda, her room mate, to make it into a real brooch as she had been making badges for a rally. It would be easy to attach a clip to it.

“I could then give the brooch to Ali. It has unicorn magic in it, so it might protect her. I am waiting for the hospital to ring so I can take her back to the stables. I want to look round. I hope the taxi will take a credit card, I don’t think I have enough cash on me,” Craig explained still staring at the orchid.

“I have a car, you know,” responded Titania. “I will come and pick you up, we don’t have a lecture until three, we should have time.”

“Thanks.” Craig wondered how she could afford to run a car but there were a lot of things he didn’t know about Tania.

Tania phoned again when she was outside. In the meantime the hospital had rung to say that he could collect Ali.

They found Ali in the ward waiting room. She looked from Craig to Tania then after greeting Craig she said to Tania. “Did I see you last night? Who are you?”

Tania was stood so close behind Craig their arms were touching, “Tania’s a friend. She has a car, so we can take you back to the stables.”

Ali just looked from one to the other. ‘I have never known my brother to acknowledge he had a girlfriend. Is that why I have been having strange feelings?’ Craig smiled, not the right time to tell his sister that he could hear her subconscious thoughts.

Tania whispered in his ear, “I got that too.”

Craig turned in surprise.

“What are you two whispering about?” Ali demanded.

For the second time Craig had to think quickly, “Tania is worried about the parking. Shall we go or do you have to wait for medicines?” But as Ali had been told to take paracetamol for her head ache they could leave.

Ali walked between Craig and Tania. ‘Why didn’t you tell me you had a girlfriend and a girlfriend that looks like a goth with her black hair and dress.’ Ali wondered subconsciously. Craig looked across at Tania but it was obvious that she hadn’t heard the comment. He had been surprised Tania had heard the previous comment but then she had been touching him. Could he only transmit the telepathic thoughts if he was touching someone. The whole thing was becoming more and more complicated.

When they reached Tania’s car Ali exclaimed in surprise, “Is this your car?”

Tania laughed, “That’s exactly what Craig said. Yes it is my car, my father gave it to me.” She opened the doors of her gold coloured beetle with purple flowers and butterflies painted all over it. “It’s my father’s old car, he was a bit of a hippy in his day. He didn’t need it when he went to Australia. I don’t drive it much, it’s easier getting a round Oxford on a bike.”

Craig was glad that Tania wasn’t touching him when he heard Ali’s thoughts on the car.

Tania turned out to be a good driver and the conversation on the journey was kept in safe channels.

Craig was wondering what he would find at the stables. Ali had no conscious recognition of the events of last night. Her subconscious thoughts, that had told him she was attacked, remained vivid but shed no real light on things. The picture Alisha had sent him suggested that there had been something by the bucket. He suspected that what ever it had been had been cleared up. It was a busy stable yard and if they all believed that Ali had just fallen over a bucket there could be no evidence left. ‘Perhaps I need a detective,’ he thought. ‘I could always ring Ben,’

“Who is Ben? What picture and who is Alisha?” Ali asked sounding confused. She was sitting in the back and didn’t know that Craig hadn’t spoken out loud.

“That’s an odd question.” Tania commented looking at Craig sat beside her as they pulled to a stop outside the security gates.

“Are you going to explain it all to Ali now or later,” asked Tania.

“Oh. Later, much later,” Craig commented as a man in riding gear came up to the car.

Himalaya 10 – Castle

Story so far

Craig a medical student, had been climbing in the Himalayas during a solar eclipse when two Unicorns had licked his hands.  When he touched an injured climber, Ben he was miraculously healed.  Later in Katmandu Craig sat by an unconscious girl Alisha holding her hand and telling her the story of the Unicorns.  She too healed.  

Back at University, Craig feared that either he had been hallucinating or he had the power to heal.  Either way he faced problems.

On the first day of term he received a letter from Katmandu which he dropped. It was picked up by Tania (Titania).  

When Craig opened the letter, it also contained a drawing from the Alisha.  The picture showed him, with the two unicorns and also a fairy (Titania) wearing a crown. The fairy looked like Tania. 

Craig’s twin sister Ali (Alisa) who was moving to be closer to him.

Ben, the climber and a detective came to Oxford because he could see people’s auras and could tell if someone was telling the truth. However Craig and Tania didn’t have a coloured aura to read.

Craig’s first day on the wards had gone well with no one being healed. But later he helped a girl (Jane), who had a harp. He also saw Tania were she should not have been.

Tania had thought she had cancer but tests, showed that she was now clear of cancer.  Craig realised he may have cured her.  Tania appeared in his room looking translucent. Craig received a phone call to say Ali had had an accident and had been admitted to hospital.

Craig flopped down on to his bed after kicking off his shoes. He lay there trying to bring his thoughts back into focus.  Ali had been taken to hospital unconscious. He had sat holding her hand trying to work out what to do. If he was right, then he could heal her, by both touching her and thinking about the unicorns. The problem was that as a twin he could feel her pain.  His head ached and he felt confused.  What had happen next was even more confusing. She had talked to him telepathically while remaining unconscious.  

Following a scan the Doctor had asked a lot of questions. It appeared Ali had fractured her skull sometime in the past. Craig had been vague saying that as she rode horses she had had several falls.  How could he reveal that her injuries had begun to heal because of the unicorn’s magic? How could he tell the doctor he had been talking to her telepathically? The doctors would not believe Ali had been cured by magic.  It occurred to him that each time he had healed someone there had been a side effect.  Being able to talk to Ali telepathically must be the side effect.

Ali had finally come round but she was confused and remembered nothing about her injuries.  The doctor said they would keep Ali in hospital over night because of the concussions. As he sat by his sister, Craig had two Ali’s talking to him. The Ali that lay in the bed and was confused and spoke with a frail voice and a telepathic voice which resounded in Craig’s head. He assumed it must be Ali’s subconscious. The subconscious Ali told him someone had a attacked her from behind. She had seen a man in the yard holding something.  Because of the famous stud horses, including White Orchid which had won the Grand National, the security at the yard was tight. The man should not have been there. The whole situation coupled with him feeling unwell sent his mind into free fall.  He felt like he was loosing hold on reality.

When Ali was taken up to a ward in the early hours, Craig came home. His head ached he was confused and tired. The only person he could talk to was Tania and she had gone home earlier and would be fast to sleep by now. He didn’t know what to do. No one would believe him, even if he rang the Castle Stud Farm to tell them Ali was attacked. They believed that Ali had fallen over a bucket. Surely they would have checked their security system to see what had happened to Ali. Or would they no bother, would they not see there had been an intruder. 

With his mind in a spin. He closed his eyes and was suddenly in another place and time. His feet felt cold and wet. He looked down. He had taken his shoes off when he had lay on the bed fully clothed. Now the damp dew on the grass was seeping into his socks. He looked around. He found he was in a large meadow with lush green grass sprinkled with meadow flowers. The meadow was surrounded by trees and in the distance there was a hill with a castle on top of it.  There were red and white pennants flying from its tall towers. Should he walk towards it, he thought.  It must be occupied because of the pennants. He felt like he was in a fairy tale and knight on horses would suddenly appear.

He felt a movement behind him.  He turned. He was facing the white unicorn stallion. For a time he just stood there stunned. The stallion pawed the earth. Craig held his hands out as if to say I don’t understand.  The stallion stopped and stepped back then dropped his head so his horn touched the ground near Craig’s wet feet. 

Craig bent down and where the unicorns horn touched the ground was a small white flower.

Not sure what to do Craig asked, “Do you want me to pick it?” The stallion stepped back again and seemed to nod his head. 

Craig stood up with the flower in his hand. He suddenly felt dizzy and for a moment closed his eyes as the world seemed to be spinning round.

When the dizziness stopped Craig was conscious that he was lying down. His feet were wet and he sensed someone near so he opened his eyes.  There was no meadow, no castle and no unicorns.  Just a ghostly looking Tania standing by his bed in his room in the halls of residence.

“Are you OK,” the ghostly figure asked. Craig was shocked last time Tania had transported herself to his room he couldn’t hear her. But then Ben’s powers had developed with time. So maybe Tania’s powers had taken time to develop too.

“I must have been dreaming.  I can hear you,” Craig answered still not sure if he was a wake or still dreaming.

“You gave me a fright,” Tania exclaimed. “You are lying on the bed fully clothed and you looked like you were dead, lying there holding a flower in both hands.  But at least it’s not a Arum lily.”

Craig sat up. His head was still spinning. He just stared at the flower he had picked in the meadow. How could you dream you had picked a flower and then wake up holding it?

Tania too looked at the flower. “It’s not a lily. It’s a wild orchid,” she commented.

Craig sat on the side of the bed. Just staring at the flower. “It’s a white orchid” he exclaimed.

“It’s a orchid and it’s white.  So why are you holding it?” Tania wondered.

“I dreamt the unicorn showed me the flower and I picked it, but when I woke up I was still holding it.” Craig suddenly made the connection.  “The unicorn wanted me to have it.  It’s a white orchid and that’s the name of one of the horses at the stables Ali works at.  The unicorn was trying to tell me that White Orchid, the horse, is in danger.  What happened to Ali is something to do with White Orchid. She didn’t fall over a bucket. Someone was at Castle Stud and it has to do with White Orchid.”

Himalaya 9 – Vivacious

Story so far

Craig a medical student, had been climbing in the Himalayas during a solar eclipse when two Unicorns had licked his hands. When he touched an injured climber, Ben he was miraculously healed. Later in Katmandu Craig sat by an unconscious girl Alisha holding her hand and telling her the story of the Unicorns. She too healed.

Back at University, Craig feared that either he had been hallucinating or he had the power to heal. Either way he faced problems.

On the first day of term he received a letter from Katmandu which he dropped. It was picked up by Tania (Titania).

When Craig opened the letter, it also contained a drawing from the Alisha. The picture showed him, with the two unicorns and also a fairy (Titania) wearing a crown. The fairy looked like Tania.

Craig’s twin sister Ali (Ailsa) who was moving to be closer to him.

Ben, the climber and a detective came to Oxford because he could now see people’s auras and could tell if someone was telling the truth. However Craig and Tania didn’t have a coloured aura to read.

Craig’s first day on the wards had gone well with no one being healed. But later he helped a girl (Jane), who had a harp. He also saw Tania were she should not have been.

Tania had thought she had cancer but tests, showed that she was now clear of cancer. Craig realised he may have cured her. Tania appeared in his room looking translucent. Craig received a phone call to say Ali had had an accident.

Craig was out of breath by the time he had cycled up to the hospital. As he put his bike in the rack, Matthew, a medical student who lived in his halls of residence came out of the hospital.

“Hi Craig,” he cheerfully greeted Craig. “What’s going on? First the ice maiden is all over you, now the vivacious Linda is asking for you.”

“Can’t stop!” Craig said as he rushed past Matthew heading for A & E. He left Matthew wondering why suddenly all the girls wanted Craig, who he had always thought was dull and boring.

Linda, a fellow medical student, met Craig as he came into A & E. “Hi, Tania rang to let me know what had happened. They have just brought your sister in. I will show you the way. I didn’t know you and Tania were a thing?”

“What? No we are just friends, How’s my sister?” Linda led the way into a cubicle. There was a nurse stood by the bed taking Ali’s blood pressure and connecting her to monitors. Linda introduced Craig to the nurse as Ali’s brother and tactfully left Craig to answer questions.

Craig was stunned to see his usually bright active sister lay in a bed. She looked ashen with the evidence of blood which had flowed from a head wound, caked on her face and covering her clothes. Her one hand was bandaged.

The nurse told him they were waiting to send her for a scan but in the mean time, could he answer questions. They were standard questions but a couple of times the nurse had to repeat the question. Craig had a splitting headache. It often happened, that as twins, they could feel each other’s pain. For now it left him confused. He felt shaky, so he sat on the bed and took his sister’s uninjured hand.

“I’ll get you a chair. You look as ashen as your sister.” The nurse said. Then she must have spoken to Linda hovering outside the curtained cubicle, because Linda appeared with a chair.

“You look awful. We will soon get Ali a scan.” Linda said reassuringly. Her usual bouncy personality subdued and professional.

“Thanks.” Craig muttered. If he was right, what he had to do was to hold Ali’s hand and tell her the legend of the Unicorns, just as Ben had told him. It had to be sooner rather than later, before they found out the extent of Ali’s injuries. He held Ali’s hand tightly and silently recited the story. Nothing seemed to happen. So he closed his eyes and thought about everything that had happened that day on a mountain in the Himalayas.

His headache seemed to ease a little. Then he heard Ali faintly telling him he was holding her hand to tight.

He opened his eyes. Ali was just as she had been. Her eyes were closed. Her dark matted hair highlighted her face which was still white. He looked across to the nurse. “She may be unconscious for a time. Her vital signs have improved slightly.” The nurse turned to check the monitors again. ‘Unconscious’ but he had heard Ali’s voice or had it all been in his head.

Craig looked back at Ali. “Craig what is happening? Where am I?” A frightened Ali muttered. But her lips didn’t move and her eyes remained closed. The nurse appeared not to have heard his sister speak. He looked from the nurse back to Ali.

“It’s OK Ali. You are in hospital. I am beside you. Can you hear me?” Craig transmitted his message silently looking straight at his sisters face. What if the side effect was to make Ali telepathic? He waited to see if she responded.

“It’s dark. I can’t see. I can hear you.”Craig could hear the fear in Ali’s voice.

“ Give it time. Your sight will come back. You had a fall at the stables. For the moment it’s better if you keep your eyes closed. They are going to take you for a scan. You must have hit your head. Just rest for now.” Craig was not sure how his sister would react if she know they were talking telepathically. The situation was confusing enough as it was. “Harry phoned from the stables. He told me you had fallen over a bucket. You knocked yourself unconscious. Your body has shut down while it heals. Just try to relax.” Craig tried to reassure his sister although alarm bells were ring in his head and his headache was making him feel confused. Or was it Ali who was confused and he was just sensing the emotion.

“I didn’t fall over a bucket.” Ali’s voice was fragmented but the message was clear. “There was someone there in the yard. They wore black they were carrying something in their hand. There must have been two of them, someone hit me from behind.”

Craig almost jumped as a hand was gently laid on his shoulder. He turned almost expecting someone to hit him. He was relieved to see it was Tania, the real Tania not a ghost.

“The porter is on his way to take Ali for a scan.” Tania soothingly informed him. “Linda told me but she had finished her shift when I called her and she waited for you. She has now gone for a meal.”

“What? Who’s that?” Ali’s voice resounded shakily in his head.

“It’s OK it’s my friend Tania.” Craig turned back to Ali to reassure her but this time he said the words out loud.

“Unconscious patients often hear what you are saying. Just reassure Ali and she will know you are here.” Tania responded.

The porter arrived. “We can go down with her.” Tania told Craig.

“We will be with you. You are going for a scan.” Craig spoke out loud but then silently he added. “If you were attacked. I need to talk to Tania to tell her what has happened. Harry didn’t know. He told me you fell over a bucket.”

Craig felt ill. His head still ached and he felt confused. He was channeling Ali’s pain and metal state and it was stopping his ability to think clearly. He needed Tania’s logical mind to sort out the present situation. Who would attack Ali and why?

Himalaya 8 – Bucket

Story so far

Craig a medical student, had been climbing in the Himalayas during a solar eclipse when he saw two Unicorns who had licked his hands. When he touched an injured climber, Ben he was miraculously healed. Later in Katmandu Craig sat by an unconscious girl holding her hand and telling her the story of the Unicorns. She too was miraculously healed.

Back at University, Craig now feared that either he had been hallucinating or he had the power to heal.  Either way he faced problems.

On the first day of term he received a letter from Katmandu. He dropped it and it was picked up by a girl, Tania (Titania).  

When Craig opened the letter, it also contained a drawing from the girl (Alisha) who he had healed.

The picture showed him, with the two unicorns and also a fairy (Titania) wearing a crown. The fairy even looked like Tania. 

Craig’s other letter from his twin sister Ali (Ailsa) she was concerned about him so was moving to be closer to him.

Ben, the climber and a detective came to Oxford because he could now see people’s auras.  Ben could tell if someone was telling the truth. However Craig and Tania didn’t have a coloured aura to read.

Craig’s first day on the wards had seemed to have gone well with no one being healed. But later he helped a girl, who had a harp, she had a fall at first Craig thought she had broken her leg.. He also saw Tania were she should not have been.

Tania had thought she had cancer but tests, today, showed that she was clear of cancer.  Craig realised he may have cured her. He worried that the side affect might be that she could appear in places miles away.

Craig sat on the side of his bed.  He had locked his door when he came in because he didn’t want to be disturbed.  After the events of today he needed time and another letter from Kathmandu needed to be opened.

He had been in a rush this morning, so he had not collected the mail. It was a shock to look at the picture it had contained. The Staff at the home had written that Alisha had been pleased with her present of paper and pencils and she had drawn him a picture.

He just stared at it. Then he felt a presence by him.  He looked up and it was Tania. But not the usual Tania, this Tania was almost translucent.  A translucent Tania that had entered through a locked door. He uttered her name in shock.

He could see her lips moving but no word came out. He fumbled for a pad and pen and wrote ‘Can you hear me?’ Tania nodded, then pointed to the picture.

It was all surreal, Tania was like a ghost in his room. She was as translucent as the Unicorns had been. He wondered what would happen if he touched her. The unicorns had touched him but then there had been consequences. Best keep his distance for now.

“You look like a ghost.” Craig muttered. Then he held out the picture so Tania could see it. “It came this morning but I didn’t pick it up until tonight. How could Alisha know that today I would met a girl with a harp in a park. She has even drawn a jagged line for the skyline which looks like the skyline of the Oxford’s spires you get from South Park.”

Craig waited as if expecting a reply but then realised that he could not hear Tania. Instead she pointed to the left side of the picture.

“I wondered about that. It looks like someone’s hand by a bucket on its side and something else beside it. I can’t quite make out what it is. But there was no bucket in the park. For now it’s a mystery. Maybe something is going to happen with a bucket.  I don’t have one do you?’

Tania shook her head. 

“You know its very unnerving seeing you looking like a ghost, and not being able to talk to me. Perhaps you should go home and ring me.”  Craig suggested. Tania nodded and disappeared, just as the Unicorns had done. She just faded away.

Almost immediately Craig’s mobile rang. “Are you OK you were just like a ghost?” Craig answered.

“What did you think I had kicked the bucket? “Tania joked. “I feel very dry. I need a drink but for the moment and I feel shaky. I need to sit down. Otherwise I am fine.” Tania cheerfully replied.

“I could see a translucent you but I couldn’t hear you. How did you get into my room?” Craig asked as it occurred to him. That having a ghostly figure appear in his room could create a bit of a problem. It could be embarrassing.

“I wasn’t trying to get in your room. I was just trying this ‘moving out-of-body’ thing and tried to get into my bathroom. I ended up by the fountain again. I suppose I was thinking about water. I could see your light on and just thought about you and there I was standing looking at you. I was as shocked as you were.” Tania explained.

Craig’s phone bleeped. “I have another call, who could be calling at this time of night? I best answer it, its Ali’s number.  I’ll ring back.”

But the call wasn’t from Ali.  It was from one of the stable lads using Ali’s phone. Ali had had an accident. She had been knocked unconscious, so they had sent for an ambulance. The nearest A & E was John Radcliffe Hospital, so could he meet them there?  Craig was stunned.   Shakily Craig asked what were her injuries, what had happened?

All Harry, the stable lad, could tell him was that they had found her in the yard unconscious with a bump on her head.  They hadn’t moved her. Just put a horse blanket over her.  She appeared to have fallen over a bucket. There was water and glass where she had fallen.  Now he came to look, her hand was bleeding but not much.  The ambulance had now arrived so he was moving away.  Harry rang off.

The thought that kept going round in his head was ‘Ali has fallen over a bucket”. It took several minutes for Craig to gather his thoughts into a logical order.

He rang Tania back and told her “Ali has fallen over a bucket and they are taking her to JR.  She is unconscious. I am going up to A & E on my bike.”

“I’ll meet you there.” Tania offered.  “Fallen over a bucket.  Be careful Craig. If it was foretold, it may mean you have to heal her. Just be careful, the doctors are already suspicious about my cancer suddenly disappearing. Try to get to her before the doctors. Linda’s wards rotation means she is in A & E tonight. You know Linda, the girl with the red hair on our course. Use her to get to your sister before the doctor’s do.  I am still feeling a bit weak but as soon as I can I will be with you.” 

“As long as you come in person.” Craig stressed. “Don’t think they could cope with a ghost walking round A & E.” He rang off.  Grabbed his jacket and bicycle clips and was soon peddling towards the Hospital.

How had Alisha known about the Harp and bucket? Were the pictures telling him what to do? The first had been about Tania as a fairy. He had healed her without realising. This picture he had received today was about a harp and bucket. Had Tania been right and it meant he had to heal Ali? But what would the consequences be?

Dancing in the dark

The room was crowded with couples dancing. It was unbearably hot or that’s how Liz found it. She just wanted fresh air. The French windows were ajar and the air drew her outside. The terrace over looked the golf course and appeared to be empty.

The night air was refreshing and she stood her hands on the rail looking out into the darkness. She could make out the dark silhouettes of the trees and the wide expanse of the freeways.The scent from the lilac trees that surrounded the terrace drifted across on the breeze. She took a deep breathe and enjoyed the heady sensation.

“Care to dance?” A voice quietly spoke from the darkness behind her.

She turned in surprise. She had thought she was a lone. She could not see the face of the man. Its was hidden in shadow. She certainly didn’t recognise the voice.

Liz paused, hesitant to reply. Then said “As long as it’s out here. Not in there.” The hint of mystery added spice to the intriguing situation.

The music that drifted out changed to a slow tune. Liz found herself gripped comfortably in the arms of a stranger. Somehow her head ended up resting on his shoulder. The physical closeness and the smell of the lilac was intoxicating. She had no idea who her dance partner was but felt the excitement of the moment.

The music changed again still a slow song. His hold changed and he whispered in Liz’s ear.

“Do you know Lilac means first love?”

She tried to move away suddenly nervous, after all it was her engagement party. He gripped her tighter. She felt his strength holding her tight. Softly he kissed ear.

“You’re not my first love.” Liz whispered back. Bringing to feel apprehension.

“You’re mine. You were four!”

“Oh! I don’t remember.” Liz muttered in surprise, completely taken of balance.

The hold slackened, her partner turned and walked away.

She saw the figure disappear into the crowded room and she was alone in the darkness. Who was it?