There was a long-standing myth about a witch who lived on the fringes of the sleepy village that was tucked away in the woodland. Some people claimed to have seen the witch's ghostly figure lurking in the darkness as they heard rumours of odd things occurring in the woodlands late at night. The villagers thought the sorceress had died ages ago. But one Halloween night, a group of adolescent pals decided to take a walk in the forests to test the veracity of the witch legend.
The Wooded Walk :
The five teenagers in the friendship group were named Alex, Maya, Jack, Olivia, and Tom. One Halloween night, they made the decision to take a stroll in the forests to investigate the veracity of the witch legend. They were delighted and ecstatic at the prospect of meeting the sorceress. They chuckled and joked as they made their way through the pitch-black trees while using their torches to illuminate the path ahead. After about an hour of walking, the mood began to shift. The woods appeared to be closing in on them as the air got gloomy. They could hear groans and murmurs in the breeze, and shadows flickered in the corners of their eyes.
The Cottage :
Their pulses were pounding as they got closer to the cottage. The house was rundown, with cobwebs covering the walls and floor. The party pondered whether or not to enter the house as they waited. The door suddenly squeaked open by itself, and the company paused. But their interest overcame them, and they stepped inside the gloomy, damp shack.
The Basement :
They searched the dusty rooms and heard strange sounds emanating from the cellar. They carefully descended the steps, and what they found sent shivers down their spines. They discovered a room full of jars holding odd items in the cellar. A pot stood in the middle of the space, and a book of magic was placed next to it. The party became more inquisitive when they discovered a closed entrance while still exploring. When they eventually succeeded in opening the door, what they discovered was beyond anything they could have imagined.
The Witch :
They thought the witch, who had supposedly been deceased for generations, was still living. She grinned as she acknowledged using her powers to entice victims to her cabin where she would hold them for the remainder of their lives. The friends made an escape effort, but the witch's sorcery was too powerful. They were captured inside the cabin and forced to service the witch continuously.
The Trapped Souls :
The witch's tale got more well-known over time. Each Halloween, new victims fell prey to her evil charms. On Halloween night, the screams of the trapped souls reverberated through the forests as a caution to anyone who ventured approach the witch's house too closely.
The Aftermath :
After that Halloween night, Alex, Maya, Jack, Olivia, and Tom disappeared without a trace. They were never discovered despite the locals searching the forests. The adolescent friends who had gone into the forests in search of the witch were soon forgotten by the community as time went on.
The tale of the witch and the imprisoned spirits is still being handed down through the generations. Every year on Halloween, the town's residents are reminded of the evil that still remains in the world by the cries of the trapped souls. People in the community still tell their kids to avoid the forests on Halloween night because of the persistent witch tale. The narrative functions as a sobering lesson for those who are willing to brave the unknown.