K.L.Caley’s #writephoto. Battleship.

Well last week Morgarna, Merlin and Gail met Lady Gwyneth we left the listening to her sad tale of loss. Carry on reading to see how or even if they can help ?

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Merlin took the E.R. from his pocket and scanned the room. “There’s not a lot we can do here Gail we can’t change history it’s done but we can help Gwyneth understand what happened and hopefully help her and her husband cope.”
“Yes damage limitation, is our best shot” echoed Morgarna.
Gail opened her mouth to complain but stopped seeing Merlin’s eyes.
Morgarna stood and said to Gwyneth “let’s take a trip back to the rose garden and see what happened.” Standing up she crossed to the arrowslit and Gail and Gwyneth followed her.
Merlin called up the anomaly and the three woman passed through the arrow slit and jumped.


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As they landed the first thing they noticed was the heady scent of roses and the gentle sound of water from Gwyneth’s favourite fountain. “Okay said Morgarna no one can see or hear us so we can just observe and not spook anyone”
Then Gwyneth saw herself over on the other side of the garden, picking roses and humming to herself.
“Look ” said Gail softly, ” there you are and you are not doing anything you should not. You had no idea that there was a little time bomb inside you. You are not to blame”
Gwyneth, her eyes full of tears, replied , ” I just feel I should have known something was wrong .”
“How could you of ?” asked Morgarna touching Gwyneth on the arm.
Just then they saw Gwyneth fall to the ground. Her ladies in waiting gathered round her , there was nothing they could do, her life’s blood was simply flowing out of her.
“Do something Morgarna, please do something I know you can” , cried Gail.
Morgarna shook her head I can’t, I am sorry, if I change anything now I will only make things worse. I could save them today and then something nasty would happen the next day or the next week. But Gail there might be something you can do if you just watch”


The Ladies in waiting were flapping around Gwyneth none of them had any idea what to do. “Call for my husband ” Gwyneth whispered, “He is away hunting my lady ” was the reply.
Just then Gail saw a spirit emerging from the life’s blood pooling around Gwyneth , without a thought Gail lunged forward and caught it, it was a tiny baby girl. The tiny soul looked up into Gail’s eyes and smiled opening her eyes wide it was as if she was saying thank you.
Gail was delighted by the little dot and brought her over to meet her mother. Gently she handed the little girl to Gwyneth, the ghost who was so happy to be reunited with her baby .


While the three women were fussing and cooing over the baby, Morgarna had even stubbed her cigarette out so as not to breathe smoke all over the babe, the anomaly arrived . Morgarna checked her cigarette was out and picking up the stub she dropped it into her bag. “Mustn’t contaminate the time continuem ladies” she smiled adding, ” Oh! That’s our cue to jump come on and hold that baby tight! ” So linking arms and Gwyneth holding on tight to the baby they all jumped.


They landed with a thump in the dimly lit bed Chamber full of doctors apocatheries and other lords and scribes.
“I know where we are” said Gwyneth, “are were veiled they don’t know we are here do they Morgarna?” She asked indicating all the men standing around.
“No we can’t be seen or heard” Morgarna reassured her.
“This is my husband’s Bed Chamber and he is dying, I have whittnessed this scene so many times….. It’s so painful to watch he bemoans how losing me and the baby blotted his life….he never recovered and he died a young man…. I feel so guilty” Gwyneth’s voice trailed off.
Morgarna looked sharply at her and said, ” you can’t hold yourself responsible for his actions, we can’t change any of that now but we can sort out the three of you spirits in the ever after and give you all some peace. That’s what we are here for.”
Turning to Gail she added ” here’s where you come in again sweetie”
Gail watched the scene as the man in the bed rambled on and the medics and scribes bumbled around. Then all of a sudden Gwen’s husband looked straight at her and the baby and smiled. “This is different ” whispered Gwyneth “he’s never seen me before” smiling she reached out her hand to him.
At that moment he breathed his last and closed his eyes and died. “No” screamed Gywneth ,”This is awful I feel like I have lost him all over again” and she desolved into tears.
Gail was concentrating on the dying man, she knew what she had to do this time and she was ready.
While Morgarna consoled Gwyneth Gail saw the spirit of the man leaving the bed heading for the light, quick as a flash she caught his arm and pulled him back and spun him round to face his wife and baby. They all embraced and there were many tears of joy.
Morgarna intervened “Come on guys there’s no time for that you three all need to follow that light! Now!” With a shove she sent them on their way, a happy couple and their baby went towards the light and disappeared. They all turned and waved with gratitude in their eyes as they passed through, Gail went to follow but just as she got to the light Morgarna grabbed her …”Not yet young lady it’s not your time “
Gail felt strangely empty and lost but then she felt Morgarna’s warmth seeping into her she relaxed and let go!


©K.L.Caley

Merlin was sitting on the lawn on the approach to the castle when he got a message from Morgarna on the *T.A.S.C.C. App. on his mobile. It read: ‘mission completed I need a cigarette and a drink ! ‘

* Time and Space Continuem Commutation App.


They landed, Gail and Morgarna, next to Merlin who had organised a table and ordered some food and drinks.
“My dears, a Bacardi and Coke for you Morgs and a Cabernet Sauvignon for you Gail, how did it go are they all resettled and reunited now?”
“Yes indeed ” Morgarna replied lighting a cigarette, “all thanks to Gail we are all sorted here. ” Then seemingly smoking her cigarette she spoke to Merlin telepathically “Gail was a little unsettled by it all and I nearly lost her to the light! “
Merlin raised an eyebrow and then said well ladies let’s eat drink and be merry for Lady Gwyneth and her family”……and so they did.


Later that evening Gail and Merlin jumped through the anomaly back to the house while Morgarna was sent off on another trip.


©K.L.Caley

Morgarna landed with a thump on the deck of a huge battleship that has just travelled through Tower Bridge in London…. There were a couple of good looking naval ratings finishing some work before their supper who were mightily surprised by her entry… Morgarna smiled and practically purred “Well hello sailors!”

This is part of K.L. Caley’s #writephoto Battleship.

K.L.Caley’s#WRITEPHOTO – Arrowslit

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Well here we are at the castle Merlin, Morgarna and Gail are just about to embark on a new adventure . Now I have to warn you this is a sad one so you will need the tissues.

Approach.


So here we are this is part of K.L. Caley’s #writephoto.

Morgarna stubbed out her cigarette as they crossed the threshold of the castle. She had to smile and raise an eyebrow at Merlin who was smiling back over the head of an excited Gail.
As they entered the main hall Gail stood stock still, Morgarna made to move her along but Merlin shook his head and signaled to her to wait!
“Hello” said Gail looking behind her and reaching out, as soon as she touched the being Morgarna and Merlin could see it too. Merlin got out the E.R. (Entity Reader) after scanning the being he said “Oh! Good she’s a benign being.”

The three turned to face the spirit it was a woman, she was obviously a noblewoman, her blue dress and head covering suggested riches.


Gail had felt an instant attraction to this gentle lady. There was something about her eyes that touched Gail deeply.
Merlin, stepping forward and taking the lady’s hand he kissed it. ” May I ask your name my lady, I am Merlin, wizard, this is Morgarna sorceress and our ward the lady Gail” Merlin said inclining his head.
Gail’s eyes beamed, as she thought to herself “their ward, the lady Gail” Morgarna caught her thoughts and winked at her.
“Can we help you my lady we are here at your service.” Merlin continued.
“I am Lady Gwyneth and sadly I am trapped here and I am so lonely I truly want to pass over and be with my loved ones ” the lady looked so sad that even Morgarna felt a tinge of pity for her as she lit another cigarette.
“So” said Gail “how can we help you Lady Gwyneth, perhaps if you could tell us what happened? “

Lady Gwyneth bowed her head and closed her eyes . “Life was good my husband was a good man and we were so happy, I was expecting our first child I was walking in the rose garden which was to been seen from this arrow slit . “
Gwyneth had walked across the hall to an opening that now looked out on to the moat.


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For visually challenged writers, the image shows an arrowslit looking out over a body of water, with an ancient stone wall and curved tower just visible.

“Things were just perfect and I was so very happy, the sun was shining the flowers scent was incredibly heady and I felt life was perfect. Then suddenly I felt a terrible pain in my belly I fell to the ground screaming with pain,… I felt wet, blood pouring out of me and I knew my baby was leaving me as was my life blood. “
Gail moved across the hall toward Gwyneth and put her arms around her and said “We will do all we can to rest your soul truly we will “


Morgarna had popped outside the castle and found a Café, she returned with four cups of tea she handed them around and said ” well Gywn what happened next? “
‘I tried to call out” replied Gwyneth. ” But no sound came out of my mouth, as I got weaker laying there in the sun the beautiful scent of flowers all around me. I felt my life slipping out of me then I saw our beautiful son floating away from me. I had had no idea whether it was a boy or a girl until I saw him slipping away ….
That’s when I gave up and the second I did I was up and running after our boy but I could not catch him! As I tried to hold on to him I heard my husband calling my name. I even felt his arms around me , I turned , I tried to go back to my beloved but I could not, I could not reach my baby or my husband. ” Gwyneth took a sip of the tea Morgarna had given her and continued. ” I was stuck there betwixt and between unable to reach either. Then I was lifted and spun round through what was like a black hole. Then I found myself here in the Great hall where I was stuck…. I could not leave I could not rest, I could leave, I could not sleep or rest all I could do was watch my beloved husband grief and grow angry and sower. He flooded my beautiful rose garden and set a most around the whole castle . Gail it was awful I watched him die from the inside out.” Gwyneth sank to the floor sobbing and Gail held her close.
“Please Morgarna, Merlin we have to help we have to ” Gail’s eyes were full of tears her heart was breaking.
Morgarna looked at Merlin ….. “Merls” she said ” We’ve got to help …”

KLCaley’s #writrphoto Approach.

Last week we left Morgarna, Merlin and Gail jumping away from sorting out a history medling, serial killer from the other side of the universe. They jump just in time for Christmas.

So here we are at KLCaley’s#writephoto.

After they had drunk in the view they walked along the beach to a fish and chip bar that Merlin knew and they sat outside and ate their super as they watched the sun set.
“That was the best fish and chips I’ve ever had. I am so full!” Sighed Gail rubbing her tummy and finishing her vodka and orange.
Morgarna sat back and lit a cigarette and watched the moon come up.
“It’s getting chilly ladies let’s go and find our Christmas home. Come on follow me!” Merlin got up and was heading up the slipway towards the village.


Alley.

They followed Merlin up the streets and then they turned down an alley which was cold damp and mossy …. The place was lined with terraced cottages with mostly green doors… One cottage even had a satellite dish on it. They went straight past that one and up to the one at the top of the alley.
Merlin handed Gail the key to the door and asked her to lead the way. Opening the door she was delighted with the scene that greeted them. It was warm and cosy, there was a huge tree decked with lights and faires! A huge roaring fire with Christmas Stockings hanging from the mantle,five marked with initials.
There was a table all set for Christmas dinner and in the kitchen was Gail’s Mum and Dad preparing vegetables, the sweet smell of mince pies filling the whole house.
“Gail, Honey, you made it, we were so hoping you would.”
Gail looked at the place and her parents, the sound of the rest of the family upstairs .
“Who are your friends, come on honey come on in you’re letting the cold in!”
Gail’s dad put down the brussel sprouts he was peeling and he came across the room his arms extended , Gail’s Mum hot on his heels beaming from ear to ear!
Gail finally grasped the fact that this was as real as it could be in this mad new world she now moved in and thought to herself….”hell yes I’ll go with this” as she jumped into her dad’s arms.


“Which Christmas is this?” whispered Morgarna looking Merlin in the eye.
“The one before she killed herself, she always said she wished she’d gone home that Christmas, things might of been very different if she had….. “
Morgarna looked from Merlin to Gail and her parents then said….”but we can’t change history can we Hun?”
Merlin looked at her and replied, ” no we can’t but this way she gets her wish.”
Morgarna smiled as Gail took her and Merlin by the arm. “Mum, Dad these are my dear friends Merlin and Morgarna “
“Well Gail’s Mum beamed welcome both of you you are most welcome I hope you are all staying there’s plenty of food for tomorrow. “
Morgarna smiled and said they’d love to stay.
“Right who’s for a drink , Morgarna, Merlin what can I get you? Are you still drinking vodka and orange Gail?”
Asked her mum.
They all sat down in the living room with their drinks and they all had a cigarette, in fact Gail’s Mum got out her special Christmas stock of Sobrainie cocktail cigarettes. Merlin did his best not to look too grumpy as they all smoked…. His Whiskey and ginger helped soften his mood, while Morgarna knocked back the Bacardi and coke, they all relaxed and chatted , then the Christmas episode of Dr Who came on the TV and Gail’s two brothers came charging down the stairs to watch and eat the nuts a d chocolate!
Everyone, yes even Merlin looked happy.


Two days later after much fun, games and eating and drinking too much Merlin said “Well it’s been really great but we must be on our way.”
Gail was going to complain but obviously had second thoughts and stopped, realising she had been given the most beautiful gift by her friends. The Christmas she never had and really wished she had!
“Yes she smiled… Mum, Dad it’s been wonderful but we must be off!”
So after much hugging and kissing they left the cottage.
As they walked up the alley a cold wind swept past them …it left Morgarna and Merlin untouched but Gail felt a soft warm presence …love.
The cottage stood cold dank and empty suffering from years of neglect, empty like most of the cottages in the alley, only three were still inhabited the rest were just empty shells full of memories.


As they reached the top of the alley Morgarna took hold of Gail and whispered “that was lovely wasn’t it love? come on I’ll race you back to the beach.”
As they reached the beach the Anomaly arrived “Okay they all shouted grabbing hands they jumped?”


As they landed they found themselves, not in the lab but on the approach to a large, almost-symetrical, castle with cylindrical towers dominating the landscape.
“Wooo! Squealed Gail, it’s a fairy castle! “
“I doubt that Hun” said Morgarna lighting a cigarette and taking a drag!
No said Merlin ….”I suppose we just better take a closer look.”
The all walked arm in arm toward the entrance.

Approach

K.L.Caley’s#writephoto. Glimpse. Catch up part 2.

Last time we saw Morgarna, Merlin and co they were stuck in the dark ..

Carefully they edged their up the hallway feeling for a door or an opening of some sort. As they neared the end of the corridor they found a door, letting themselves in they found a young man sat infront of a huge flat screen TV busy playing a game 🎮.
Morgarna and Merlin recognised that this was the young man who the ghosts at the cemetery had described as the lad the Entity had entered.
Morgarna was feeling a tad uneasy….an unusual feeling for her but since the loss of powers she had had this feeling a couple of times and she was not impressed by it at all.


Merlin felt along the wall and found the light switch! As the light came on the young man shouted “put that light out please and dont stop me playing this game, it the only way I can keep the voice out of my head!…please it’s such a nasty piece of work it keeps threatening to make me murder someone, this game is the only way to quiten him.”
“Really” asked Merlin as he turned the light back off. ” What’s it doing now?” Actually I think he’s asleep the game seems to have lulled him into a deep sleep, I am actually scared to move incase he starts again. What in God’s name is he/it?”

“Now you are going to have to go with us on this … he’s actually an Entity from another galaxy and time. A nasty piece of work ….a real rouge and an escaped prisoner from Zenex 4 a prison satellite off of the third planet from Xod a far off Sun”. Merlin finished raising an eyebrow to Morgarna.


Morgarna handed the lad a cup of coffee and a bacon sandwich , “here” she said, “you look tired how long have you been playing this game now ?”
The lad looked at his two visiters and said , “Oh! Wow ! Just what I needed thank you ” taking the sandwich from Morgarna he looked at his watch and said ” four hours now …. Look okay if he’s an Entity from a prison satellite off of planet “Zog” in a far away galaxy what is he doing here and how do you know about him? ” He ended taking a bite on his sarnie !


Merlin sat down next to the lad and asked, “So this game seems to quieten him?”
The lad laughed ” it does more than quieten him it sends him to sleep, spark out ….but I can move, or stop the game or he takes over…it really is exhausting!”
Morgarna slumped down onto the sofa as well and asked, “okay if I keep you fed and watered can you keep it up? “
” Yes mam that’s the easy bit the trouble is when he wakes up and starts making nasty demands of me at least while I am playing this gruesome war game he’s sleeping and happy but it can’t last forever! “

Merlin made sure Morgarna was happy holding the fort and used the Anomaly to go back to the lab.


An hour later Merlin landed back in the dark lounge …”Right young man what’s your name?”
“Ryan”
Merlin said down and continued, ” I have just been back to our lab and contacted Zenex 4 , they were delighted to hear we have their escapee safely contained here! Apparently his name is Ceron and he’s a physopath who happily inhabits any host he can find and cheerfully murders anyone he fancies. This guy has left a trail across time and space that makes Vlad the Impaler and Ghingus Khan look like sweethearts.”
“Wow! ” Said Ryan “and he’s in me…Sheesh that’s not good , luckily I have not murdered anyone “
“So what’s happening now? ” Morgarna interrupted .
“They are on it Hun, a recovery team is on its way to these coordinates as we speak. So if you can hold on a little longer Ryan he’ll soon be dealt with! “


Morgarna lit a cigarette and poured everyone a Bacardi and Coke from her flask.
“Do you mind not smoking in here” Ryan asked politely.
“Er no I want a cig and I am having one” Morgarna snaped back.
Ryan when to argue but Merlin cut in to stop any trouble, “Let it go mate when we go you will even know we’ve been here!
Ryan looked from Morgarna to Merlin and decided to keep quiet!


All of a sudden the room was full of white flashes and horrendously loud claxons. Then a blue light hit Ryan and his whole body twitched and rose a few foot above the sofa…. Then all of a sudden there was a terrible screaming and wailing as a nasty looking purple form was pulled from Ryan’s body…
It was horrible and the entity screamed and howled and fought. Poor Ryan was in agony and was screaming too.
All of a sudden there was silence and Ryan slump down on the sofa. A metallic voice suddenly filled the room. “Merlin and Morgarna, thank you, we are indebted to you both, this evil being had caused so much trouble we will ensure he never escapes again. Zenex 4 recovery team, over and out”


The lights in the house were now back on and all was looking very cosy, the television was off and the game was put away. Ryan was sleeping the sleep of the innocent. Morgarna waved her hand over Ryan’s head and said ….sweety pie you will remember absolutely none of this.


Later Morgarna and Merlin walked back to the cemetery to sort things out for John and Annette and to pick up Gail.

“Aren’t these doors just gorgeous?” Morgarna asked Merlin as they approached the chapel. “Yes” replied Merlin “someone has put a beautiful wreath on them”

“Yes” replied Morgarna “that looks like Gail’s handywork to me ”

Wreath – Image by KL Caley.

As they approached the doors, they flew open and Annette , John and Annette’s father floated out to greet them. “Oh! Morgarna it’s wonderful my father is back he is his kind and loving self again . We have all somehow seen what has happened to us all and we closer than ever. “
“So what’s your next move” Morgarna asked lighting another cigarette.
Annette stepped forward and said “we are going to stay here with all the new friends we have met here in this beautiful graveyard…. “
“Yes” said all the other ghosts and the first thing we are going to do is celebrate Christmas here .
” Look” cried Gail. “See here through this frosted window, can you see a family table and festive decorations .

Glimpse – Image by KL Caley.

So they all said their goodbyes Morgarna, Merlin and Gail left the Ghosts to their Christmas and wonder out the gates past the house where they had left Ryan in time to see all his family arriving with festive food and presents!


“Right Gail” Merlin said ” where do you fancy spending Christmas your choice young lady. “
Gail thought for a second and then said “As long as I am with you two anywhere will be absolutely fine .
The Anomaly came into view and they jumped!


They landed on the shore somewhere, water with the occasional island just out of focus. The horizon is a golden colour.
“Oh! Babes” murmured Morgarna, “This is so beautiful”

Horizon by KL Caley.

This is a catch up on Morgarna and co for KLCaley’s#writephoto.

The Alley…well that for me to know and you to guess?

K.L.Caley’s #writephoto part one of a catch up post Morgarna, Merlin and co have not been sleeping. Part 1.

Morgarna had a very rough time coping with being robbed if powers and incaserated in a lonely freezing garret but as always nothing lasts forever.

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Merlin carefully carried Morgarna into the house where he gently woke her up. She was not in a good mood and a little surprised to be back at the house…” What took you so long I felt like I was dying in that cold and dirty garret!”
” You were not too easy to find babes you were off the radar for a while there! How are you feeling now Morgs”
“Absolute rubbish Merl’s but I can feel my powers returning and boy that’s really good, I felt really vulnerable, I can’t imagine how those mortals must feel…so unsafe!” With that Morgarna sprung up and announced that she was off for a bath and just vanished.
“What have I told you about inappropriate use of Magic” Merlin asked the void she’d left.
“Just testing that my powers work, and a little.bird told me you’ve not been quite the stickler lately! “


Later a much refreshed and more confident Morgarna emerged looking her normal stunning self.
Gail was in the kitchen cooking up a whirlwind and John was happily watching her completely spell bound by the machinery and the amazing smells.
Merlin and Morgarna sat in the lab huddled over the computer discussing the next step they needed to take to deal with the shapshifting entity.
“We may not need to go back Morgs, right now he’s in our time zone is
and I believe I have located his home planet. We need to get him sorted and returned before he causes more problems.
We need to return to the cemetery and the Volts were Annette and her father are buried”
Morgarna agreed, ” We’d better take John with us too.


“I’m coming too” insisted Gail I need to see this one through to the end! “
“Okay” said Merlin “but it won’t be all excitement!”
” Are we jumping or driving, Merl’s?” Morgarna asked.
“Time is of the the essence, right now I think we should Jump and so they did.


Reindeer – Image by KL Caley.

As they landed in the cemetery they found themselves surrounded by a thick fog, in the distance they could see a herd of reindeer 🦌” Oh! How festive” Morgarna trilled.


“Come we need to get things sorted out ” replied Merlin pointing his mobile at the distant deer, ” those are just deer so we had best get on.”
Are you ready for this John , are you ready to meet your love Annette again?” Asked Gail . “Yes indeed I am. I miss her so ” said John.
As Gail and John headed towards the church and the crypt ….. Merlin and Morgarna headed in to town, the ghosts who had witnessed the the Entity taking the young man’s body described him.
They had seen the entity enter one of houses in the street just outside the cemetery.two houses with matching doors, railings and winter decor.


“Well ” Merlin got his phone and ER. out and pointed them at the doors, then after looking at the reading he
continued “It’s in the lit up house”
“Are you certain” asked Morgarna “I’d of thought that he’d be hiding in the dark one…..I’d of put money on it!”
“We said Merlin that’s probably what it wants us to think , but it’s definitely in the lit up house.”
Silently Morgarna and Merlin went into the house using a skeleton key that Merlin had in his pocket. As they stepped inside they were shocked to find themselves in a pitch black hallway in a pitch black house?

Neighbours – Image by KL Caley.

This is part of K.L.Caley’s #writephpto Horizon.

Christmas Lights.

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photo from Sue Vincent

Christmas Lights

Fingers almost blue, toes numb like her soul.
Fear has her in it’s grip , she is no longer whole.
Lights twinkle on the water and the snow
Eyes closed she stands silently rocking to and throw .
Warmth and home seem a million miles away.
Under this bridge, damp and bitter her only place to stay.
Tears cannot fall when frozen but they hurt as much.
She longed for a gentle word or loving touch.
Watching the lights on the water dance.
Like little fairies they leap and prance.
Music floats across the water to her ears
Laughter and an happy voices, she hears.
Tired, so tired she slumps down on the frozen ground
Watches the lights from the house praying never to be found.
Maybe she could of spoken out but she had not dared.
Who would believe her, who would of cared
Slowly life slips away from her grasp.
Suddenly she is held in a warm, kind clasp.
A soft voice takes her to a happier place
She opens her eyes and sees God’s face.

Anywhere Christmas Years Eve2022: Another drug addict found dead under the the bridge opposite the Ferryman’s Inn.

© willowdot21

An old post from the days of Sue Vincent’s #writephoto

K.L.Caley’s#writepoto. The Visitor.

This week things are taking a turn for Morgan.

For visually challenged writersthe image shows a small squirrel nibbling something whilst sitting on a fence panel

Visitor – Image by KL Caley.

Back in the here and now a young PCSO was struggling with the traffic in the high street, the abandoned tractor blocking the road. Tempers were rising and he was getting hot under the collar! Just as he was beginning to think he was going to get beaten up by one of the irate motorists a police car arrived on the scene. Thank you, God thought the PCSO the chavalry has arrived.
“Right Jim stop that traffic behind you and tell them to shut up now!” Shouted the sergeant as he got out of the squad car. “Graham get that lot behind to all back up and move to the right! “
“Sir” replied Graham.
“Right Mr Jones ” continued the sergeant, “if you could move your tractor we can all get back to normal”


The noise from the high street filtered into the cemetery. As dusk fell and the traffic noise faded the residents of the cemetery were being disturbed by Bill who was the entity.
“I want to know where Merlin is and I am getting annoyed now!…I also want to see Annette, Annette where are you! “
Things were getting nasty , Bill was so angry he was picking up grave stones and throwing them at the church door and hurling flowers around.
Suddenly the church door opened and Annette stood in a halo of light from within the chapel. She looked at the young lad in front of her and tutted…..”You must be incredibly ugly” she said, “that you have to keep stealing bodies to get about”
“I have no form , I am not temporal and you know that. Anyway we are not here to discuss me, I want to know where Merlin is”

“He is not here he returned to my time to find Morgarna and my John.”
The Entity thought for while and then suddenly realised he must of gone forward as Merlin had travelled back.


The meal had gone without a hitch and Merlin and Gail had been careful not to eat or drink too much. Merlin read a few minds and especially Annette’s father who he found to be an utterly bad sort with no thoughts of anyone but himself , not even his recently murdered daughter.
Merlin looked across to Gail and spoke telepathically, ” I have scanned the whole castle both mentally and with the E.R. and there is definitely no entity here!”
“Then we need to get Morgarna and John out while we can … Morgarna must be really disoriented with her powers missing”
“My thoughts too, Gail, we will make our excuses and get moving!”
As one Merlin and Gail stood up. Lord
Harry looked up and asked, ” What! Leaving so soon Lord Morten?”
“Merlin smiled, yes my Lord, we have been traveling all day and most of the evening. We must leave early tomorrow as we have to get to Warrwick ….”
” I’ll have your servants alerted then”
“No need ” Merlin waved his hand to silence Gail, who was about to speak”
“We travelled on our own Sir Harry so as not to draw attention to ourselves”
Lord Harry was about to question that but again Merlin raised an eyebrow and Lord Harry’s doubt disappeared.
As they left the big hall a page stepped forward to lead them to their rooms.
As soon as they were in a hallway on their own Meriln turned to the page and said thank you. We are safely in our rooms and there we will remain all night. “
The boy smiled and carried on to where he was taking Merlin and Gail and happily sat down outside the door.


“This way Gail” Merlin called to Gail , “We need to go down and get John first, I don’t think Morgarna is up for running up and down stairs right now …”
So down they went the steep winding step getting damper and more slippery as they descended.
“I hope we don’t meet anyone on these stairs Merlin , I am rather scared as it is. “
“Don’t worry Gail I have it all in hand, just stick close behind me”


At the bottom of the steps Merlin took a flaming torch from a wall holder and led the way past the Gaurds room where the two encumbants sat snoring the room lit from the brazier. The keys to the dungeon had fallen on the floor and Merlin crept in and retrieved them!
They found John in the deepest darkest dungeon, there were two other poor souls who they found on the way.. they set them free too!
As they entered the cell Gail was first to speak.
” Hello John, we are Morgarna’s friends we’ve come to recuce you and Morgarna and see if we can set things right. …Can you walk? “
“Aye miss I can but they took Morgarna away and I don’t know where she is!”
“No need to worry , we do. Now things will get very strange for you so just go with the flow and trust us …we are on your side.”


So after getting John the three of them made their way up to the garret. They met three guards who they knocked unconscious and then they had an encounter with six servants, Merlin used magic on them!
Finally they reached the garret where Morgarna lay, wet filthy and talking in her sleep to a Chrustina?
Gail was visibly shocked . Merlin reached into his cloak and pulled out what looked like an iPad… He dialed up the anomaly, “Right John I need you trust us! Do exactly what I tell you and believe in us! Gail grab my arm, John hold Gail’s hand…. whatever you do, do not let go! “
The Anomaly appeared and Merlin picked up Morgarna…”jump” he shouted!
John screamed as they all jumped through the garret tower window and through the Anomaly!


Visitor – Image by KL Caley

As all four of them landed in the back garden of their house a small squirrel nibbling something whilst sitting on a fence panel fell flat on its back on shock! …..

This is part of K.L.Caley’s #writephoto.

K.L.Caley’s #writephotoUpsiszing.

It all happening this week and that’s why Morgarna and co are running late …never mind here we go! So back to pick up where we left them all last week.

For visually challenged writersa tiny crab next to a giant shell

Upsizing – Image by KL Caley

“So how are we going to get into the Castle” asked Gail as Merlin set her down .
“Don’t you worry my dear I have a plan.” Merlin waved his hand and just out of nowhere two beautiful horses appeared one white and one black both with fine reins, bridels, saddles and full, plush saddle bags.
“Way to go” Screamed Gail, “not bad for the guy who said no random magic?”
“This is not random magic magic this is much needed magic. If we are to get into the castle and rescue Morgarna we need to appear wealthy and well connected. Which horse would you like Gail or should I say the lady Abigail “
Gail looked at the two horses and said “Oh! My full name get you! …can I have the black one please he looks so fine and those eyes they are so deep. “
Merlin raised an eyebrow and the saddle on the black stallion became a fur clad sidesaddle fit for a lady. Gail let Meriln help her up onto the horse, ” can you ride Gail” he asked?
“No” Gail replied, Merlin put his head to one side smiled, ” you can now and well, he’s called Bayard he responds well to all commands. “
Gail shook her head as she turned Bayard round as Merlin mounted Drifter.
“Merlin this is amazing I feel one with Bayard he is a wonderful animal, hey Bay, can I call you Bay, let’s fly!”
Merlin laughed, and nudged Drifter “come now to the castle. “


Early afternoon a farmer was on his mobile talking to his wife. “Honestly I was only out of the cab for five minutes when I heard it being driven off, I chased it but it was really flying. Yes hun report it to the police but I doubt they’ll do anything about it…. yes! We might get a crime number, true , true.

Put the kettle on I need a break!” he half laughed as he hung up and headed off back towards the farmhouse.


The Entity ( let’s call him Bill) had just arrived in town he dumped the tractor in the middle of the high street and made straight for the cemetery.
He was looking for Merlin and it wasn’t to wish him a good day.
Bill decided to take the body of a young man who was taking a short cut through the cemetery. Oh! He thought to himself this body is much better fed than the last one.
Reaching down ‘Bill stuck his hand into the earth and pulled an young but very dead infantry man from his grave by the war memorial. He breathed into the skeleton and immediately it morphed into a
ghostly version of who he had been.
“Merlin, where is he ? I need to know, is he in the crypt….is he hiding from me?” He ended on a roar!
The young ghost looked him straight in the eye and said “No sir he’s gone back in time to search you out!”
Bill threw the soldier down with such a force that he was immediately burried again.


As evening fell Merlin and Gail arrived at the castle they approached slowly and sedately. “Remember Merlin whispered you are Lady Abigail and I am your Uncle Morten and we are on our way to meet your betrothed the Earl of Gloucester. Let me do most of the talking ” As they approached the drawbridge Merlin called out in answer to the customary “Who goes there?” from the watch! Lord Morten of Friedrichburg and my neice the Lady Abigail we are en route to meet my neice’s betrothed in Gloucester.”
“Halt” came the reply .


By now Annette’s Father was enjoying his meal, wine and looking forward to taking one or maybe two of his many serving wenches to his bed! Happy in the knowledge that for the piffling price of his daughter’s life he now had the the promise of eternal life from the strange wizard ( the entity known as Bill) who had visited him a fortnight ago.
One of his servants came to his side and whispered in his ear, “My Lord, there a two people at the gate”
“Who the Devil are they?” He asked.
“Lord Morten of Friedrichburg and his neice the Lady Abigail”
“What do they look like ?”
“Rich sir very Rich”
“Well don’t keep them waiting! bring them up, hurry and bring them up”

Upsizing – Image by KL Caley

Up in the garret Morgarna had fallen into an uneasy sleep and was dreaming.
She was clean and warm and floating around in clear warm water. Ahead of her she saw a tiny crab next to a giant shell.
“Hello little chap what are you up to?”
“Chapess if you don’t mind, and I am house hunting,”
“Really” asked Morgarna with a smile the first one she’d managed since her capture.
“I love house hunting, did I tell you we’ve just bought a great new house? Now I am not sure you’re after this one here it’s way too big for you…what’s your name? You’ll be rattling around like a marble in there! I am Morgarna “
“Well Miss bossy boots Morgarna , my name is Chrustina I don’t care what you think I am upsizing!”
“Okay Miss Chrustina shall we investigate “
While Morgarna’s body lay cold and dirty in the windy garret her mind was relaxed and warm and she had a friend of sorts. ….
Down in the main hall of the castle Merlin and Gail made their grand entrance. Gail looked across to Merlin and asked telepathically “Can you feel her Merlin, I can and she’s in pain!”
“I can and I can see where she is too, up in the garret tower. John the real John is in the dungeon. ” Merlin smiled at Gail.. “now remember I am Lord Morten , your uncle and you are Lady Abigail. “
“Time to sort things out Merlin?” Gail asked and Merlin nodded……

PART OF K.L.CALEY’S,#writephoto: Upsizing.

K.L. Caley’s #writephoto. Fog.

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Merlin and Gail finally left the church as day was breaking, there were people about bustling off to work but no one in the church yard to see them leaving the church. They watched as all the other inhabitants of cemetery melded away like early morning mist. They got into the BMV, Merlin driving this time while Gail got out her laptop and put in all the information Lady Annette had given them. As the drove past the church door they waved to Annette before she disappeared into the shadows.


Morgarna stretched and shuddered as she realised she was still in the dungeon, her powers somehow blocked , she was filthy and cold. Crawling as far as she could across the floor she reached a wall and she pulled herself up. As she stood, every muscle in her body ached…. That was something she had never experienced before. Feeling along the wall she found there was something laying on the ground . Putting her arm down she felt a body! …This one was breathing!
Reaching down she felt a beard, “Hello” she said then she shook the body, then she shouted “HELLO! ” not known for her patience at the best of times she aimed a kick at the sleeping beauty!
“Oi, Oi, just what do you think you are doing” said the not very happy bundle of rags on the floor. “What do you think you are doing disturbing my beauty sleep”
“Urgh? Well I hate to tell you mate it’s not working?”

“Oh! Very funny what have we got here, a jester? Or a talking sow by the smell of it.”
Morgarna pulled leg back to kick again when the rag bag stood up and said “enough woman, who are you”
Morgarna stopped and looked the man in the eyes. “I am Morgarna LeFey and who are you” Looking at the man she could see he was young and actually under the dirt quite familiar and good-looking.
Morgarna leaned in and looked long and hard at the young man with his new beard and asked and who are you?
“John the Blacksmith’s son, Morgarna LeFey”


Merlin and Gail pulled up outside the house, “Are we alone ” Merlin asked waving the E.R. around we don’t need a repeat of last time do we.
Later in the kitchen the two of them discussed all that they had learnt from the ghosts and also what Lady Annette had told them.
“I have all the E.R. readings of John from when he was here and the many trace readings from the cemetery…and you know what Gail he’s an alien from one of Jupiter’s moons, the fifth one Io to be precise. ” Merlin said pouring himself a coffee.
“But” Gail interjected, ” there is no life on Io as you say it’s a moon.”
“Spot on Gail, not in your time or this but this guy is from the future and possibly another solar system… He’s probably visited our solar system and traveled through time causing mayhem. “
“What are we going to do , we’ve not heard a thing from Morgarna since she and that ‘John’ went to see what happened to Annette ” Gail looked worried.
Merlin drained his coffee and looked at his laptop ..” I checked it all out and we lost contact with her about the time Annette was murdered and John was arrested! Also from that moment on something has been blocking Morgarna’s powers. I’ve seen no magic she’s not even conjured up a cigarette for three days…I am slightly concerned”
Gail’s eyes widened ” OMG is she safe…what are we going to do we can’t just wait for her to come back, it sounds like she can’t get in touch with us. “
“Your right Gail , she’s obviously in trouble and she won’t be thinking that straight without her cigarettes” Merlin picked up the keys to the lab .” Come on Gail we are going to go and get her back!”


Morgarna looked at John and said, “You are John the Blacksmith’s son and you were in love with Lady Annette “
“Yes I am and I saw her murdered by the man that looked like me. Then I woke up in here. No one will listen to me, they will kill me soon.. … How do you know who I am and what I saw. “
Morgarna smiled “Well I am from a different time ” waving her hand to silence John who had already lost the thread of what was happening. “Look” she continued “I am here to help you but right now I am invisibly bound and gagged and all my powers have deserted me ” she moved away from John who had started to urinate in the corner ….She had left all that behind her years ago but knew she’d have to get used to bodily functions again.
Touching her head where she had the beginning of a headache she whispered “Merlin help me!! “


“Can I borrow any of these” Gail shouted from Morgarna’s dressing room .
“Yes” replied Merlin , “we are going back six hundred years so go for comfort, layers for warmth, plain coulours and sensible boots “
“Okay” shouted Gail secretly delighted .
“Meet me outside ” Merlin shouted and bring a bag with laptop , COTAS and the E.R. as quick as you can !”.


Merlin was outside waiting, dressed as a druid but with a black hooded cloak and solid walking boots.
“Hey man all suited and booted…will I do?” Gail asked.
Merlin turned to look at her she looked so small, in her dark blue dress under a grey fur hooded cloak and on her feet….Doc Martin boots.
She had a wreath of flowers in her hair and she was carrying a big bag.
“Put the bag under your cloak…that’s it you look the part” Merlin added to himself…you look so young.
Merlin pressed the button on a small handset and the Anomaly arrived.
“Ready” said Merlin….”Ready” echoed Gail.


They landed by a river, further along they could see shadows of trees which the fog was starting to blur. “Oh! My it’s so cold here Merlin where are we”
“We’re in the North of England” Merlin replied getting out his special compass , two miles from the village and it looks like Morgarna is not far either. Let’s head towards the village and see what we can find out. Now don’t say too much and follow my lead”
The two set off into the fog.


In the Dungeon, John was listening opened mouthed as Morgarna explain how she came to be in this filthy hole with him.

Fog – Image by KL Caley.

For visually challenged writersthe image shows a river, further along it you can see some shadows of trees which the fog is starting to blur.

THIS IS PART OF K.L. CALEY’S #writephoto Fog.

K.L.Caley’s #WRITEPHOTO – Gargoyle.


Here we are again it’s time for K.L.Caley’s#writephoto Gargoyle. I hope no one minds that I have added an extra photo to the story. This week finds Morgarna at her whits end and Merlin and Gail in danger

As Gail walked along the left side of the path she noted the dates and names on the grave stones, anything from the 14th century she thought to herself. Then she saw a few people ….no not people ghosts milling around. After a while they noticed her and a young woman carrying a baby came across to speak with her.
“Hello miss you’re one of us are you, you have a gentle aura”
Gail smiled and replied, “Hello I am Gail , who are you”
“I’m Sarah and this is my son Richard , what are you doing here because I can see you don’t belong”
“Well it’s a long story but we have a friend who is in trouble and we were wondering if you could help us”
The young woman nodded and asked “How can we help?”
“Well we were here the other night and an entity followed us home and managed to get Morgarna, that’s out friend to take him back to him time to help him clear his name of murder and find out who commited said murder. But the thing is he lied about where and when he was from and he covered his tracks on our computers…and he should not know what a computer is let alone how to use one…..”
Sarah looked at Gail open mouthed ,
“Oh! Sorry Sarah I am gabbling aren’t I, sorry! Have you noticed anyone, any ghost , not ghost hanging around! “
As Gail stopped talking Merlin approached them , “Hello I am Meriln please don’t be afraid of me I can see you as well as you see me. We are looking for an Entity called”
“John, John” Sarah suddenly said.
“Yes that’s right” said Gail and Merlin as one.


Sarah had called the others over and they all sat on the steps of the war memorial, some old and young service men had joined them.
They told Merlin and Gail how this John had arrived about a week ago and had been quizzing everyone about their lives especially the older ones….he was looking for an Annette.
Had he found her Merlin asked, they told him no because she was buried in one of the chapels in the church but they noticed he could not enter the church. That was when they started to wonder who or what he was. Merlin looked at the all and asked ” so you all felt there was something odd about him, then?”
As one, Gail included they answered “Yes”


Merlin got out the E.R. and took some readings from where the others had said John had been hanging around. He also took a couple of readings from the resident ghosts for comparison. He fed these readings into his tablet and started to scan the results. “Gail” he called “Come and check this out” pointing to his tablet ” Look this reading it’s not human and it’s definitely not spirit “
“So what is it” asked Gail peering over Merlin’s shoulder.”
“There’s only one thing it can be and that is alien” Merlin replied.
“Look, Merlin , that huge reading there that’s new and it’s not one of us!” Gail pointed out.

Gargoyle – Image by KL Caley.

High above where Gail and Merlin stood staring at the screne, there was movement on the crenellation above them, below which were four gargoyles jutting out above the arched windows of the church. Suddenly there was a noise, a slipping noise . Just as the missile came hurtling down towards Merlin’s head Gail saw what was happening and she shoved Merlin to one side while all the other Ghosts stood in shocked silence.
Merlin fell backwards as the grotesque head of a gargoyle just missed him, he fell flat on his back but bounced up immediately! There was a sudden flash and another gargoyle hurtled towards Merlin. This time the wizard stopped it with a hand! The entity known as John cursed loudly and stepped back through a crack in reality and disappeared.

The Ghosts all gathered around Merlin and asked if he was okay, then they turned to Gail and demanded how she had managed to move a human and an immortal wizard at that!
Merlin put his hand up to silence them and answered their question. “It’s simple I have given Gail a human shell and real feelings so that she can move among humans and assist Morgarna and myself without drawing attention to herself or us.
“Who is Morgarna” asked a young airman with a burnt face . “Our other partner, she’s a sourceress and this alien John has kidnapped her and has her imprisoned somewhere. Now it seems to me we need to meet Annette before John returns possibly with back up. “


They entered the church, this strange band of ghosts from different era’s and walks of life/death lead by Merlin.
The church was dark and cold but as they all entered it was of a sudden full of warmth , light and happiness.
As they all walked up the ailse the door to one of the side chapels opened and a beautiful woman dressed in a pure white shroud came out to greet them.
She had the most beautiful face and although she exuded an aura of peace she had a deep jagged scar around her throat.
“Lady Annette ” said Meriln bowing deeply, “I am Merlin and I am here to help. “
Annette smiled and asked, “Have you truly come to help unite me with my John, my true John”


Meanwhile back at the dungeon Morgarna was getting angry , none of her magic was working, she’d run out of cigarettes and down to her last flask of Bacardi and coke . She was tired, cold and dirty and angry but also she was scared and as she swore and shouted at her captures a single tear ran down her cheek…

PART OF K.L.CALEY’S#WRITEPHOTO: GARGOYLE

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