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That would be incredible. Adams voice was hopeful in a way that made Cassies heart break. But it is something that belonged to Black John. Adams posture straightened at the sound of Black Johns name and he sat icily still. I have his Book of Shadows, Cassie said. She watched Adams expression turn from apprehensive to excited. Are you serious? Do you realize how much we can learn from that book? When I opened it, it was like the book turned against me, like it was alive in my hands.

Just like when the Master Tools backfired on me when I was battling Scarlett. Adam nodded, remembering how the Tools had obeyed Scarletts black magic. Theyd singed Cassies skin just before they unhinged themselves from her body and flew at Scarletts outstretched hands. That explains the burns, he said. But whats the connection between the two? I think the book is spelled, Cassie said. Something to prevent the wrong people from getting a hold of it. But it wasnt like I could read it anyway. Its written in some ancient language Ive never seen before.

It doesnt even look like words. We should have Diana search her Book of Shadows for information. Adam immediately went into strategizing mode. There must be a way to break the books spell. And we can all start researching the language. Theres a chance it could be Sumerian, or even cuneiform. Black Johns ancestors would go back that far. Adam, Cassie interrupted him. Remember you agreed we could keep this between us? He looked away momentarily.

But that was before I knew what it was. Im sorry, Cassie said. But I need to understand more of what this is before involving the rest of the Circle. This is about me and my father. Its a pretty big deal. Adams voice hit that pitch it always did when he was exasperated.

We have to tell the Circle eventually. I know, Cassie said as gently as she could. She reminded herself that Adams passion and perseverance were her favorite things about him. I just need a little time. She fiddled with the few strands of reddish-brown hair that had fallen in front of his eyes. For now, let this be our secret.

Adam nodded, realizing he was pushing too hard. But in the meantime I want to help in any way I can. Ill do research, whatever you need. Just name it.

Cassie felt her shoulders settle. Thank you, she said, reaching out to him. For now, all I need is your support. Adam brought Cassies injured hand to his warm lips and kissed it. I also need a chocolate glazed donut from Sprinkles, Cassie added. Adam leaned in, met Cassies lips with his own, and kissed her without restraint. It felt good, and it felt right. Maybe there was hope for this day yet.

Darby a pink slip of paper. Laurel, Ms. Darby said. Boylan wants to see you in his office right away. Cassies head shot up. She couldnt allow Laurel to be alone with the principal. He was a witch hunter, and Laurel had been marked.

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Laurel looked at Cassie and then back at Ms. But I havent finished my test yet. The principal wouldnt call you out of class unless it was important. Laurel hesitated. Go on. Darby pointed to the doorway. If youre in trouble for something, standing here and keeping him waiting surely wont help matters any.

Yes, maam, Laurel said. Cassie watched her fearfully gather her books. What could she do to stop her?

Laurel handed her exam in to Ms. Darby and obediently followed the monitor out the door, glancing over her shoulder at Cassie one last time. There were no other Circle members in class, so it was up to Cassie to do something.

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One way or another, she had to get herself into the principals office. Laurels life could be at stake. Cassie quickly scribbled in the remaining empty blanks on her exam, and then rushed up to the front of the room. Im done, Ms. She held her side and bit her lip. And Im not feeling so well. May I go to the nurse? Darby eyed Cassie, trying to discern if she was faking. Darbys desk. Go, Ms. Darby said, and Cassie bolted for the hallway.

She ran the whole way, ignoring multiple commands from teachers telling her to slow down, and arrived at the principals office panting. Immediately, she could feel an energy in the airsomething dark and morose. The door to Mr. Boylans office was closed. Hi there, Cassie. What can I do for you? Karol, the perpetually rosy-cheeked office secretary.

Theres an emergency, Cassie said, catching Mrs. Karol by surprise. In the gymnasium. A fight or something, Im not sure, but people were screaming for someone to get the principal right away. Not again. Karol scooted off her seat and hurried over to the principals door. She knocked on it anxiously while turning the knob to let herself in. Sorry to interrupt, she said, but I think weve got a brawl on our hands, down in the gymnasium.

Boylan jerked backward, away from Laurel, the moment the door opened. He patted down his salt-andpepper hair and straightened his gray suit. Im a little busy here. And how many times have I told you, you cant just barge into my office like that. Dont you snap at me, Mrs.

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Karol said, with her bright smile fully intact. Its not my fault your students behave like wild animals. She entered the room and took him by the elbow of his finely tailored jacket. Now hurry up. Youre the only one who can handle this. Cassie spotted Laurel seated across from Mr.

Boylans large oak desk. She waved at her to try to catch her attention, but Laurel was entirely oblivious to everything going on around her. She was as pale as a ghost, and her eyes were focused on an invisible spot in front of her.

With a huff, Mr. Boylan followed Mrs. Karol toward the gymnasium. Lets make this quick, he said, and then noticed Cassie for the first time. I wont be long, he called out to Laurel, while focusing directly on Cassie. Well pick up right where we left off when I return. You can count on it.

It sounded like a threat aimed at them both. Cassie shuddered at the thought of what she might have walked in on if shed arrived only a few minutes later. Laurel still hadnt moved a muscle, even after the principal and Mrs.

Karol were out of sight. Are you all right?

What did he do to you? Laurels face slowly came back to life, and she finally noticed Cassie standing there.

We have to get out of here, she said, and leapt from her seat to run for the door. Cassie grabbed her by the hand and led her down the hall to the science wing. Steer clear of the gymnasium, she said, as she maneuvered Laurel in the opposite direction. It was only a matter of time before Mr. Boylan realized there wasnt any fight.

We need a place to hide. At least until the bell rings. Down the wing, there was an unlocked supply closet. Cassie guided Laurel inside and closed the door behind them. It smells like formaldehyde in here, Laurel said. Cassie didnt have the heart to alert Laurel, an avid animal lover, to the jarred pig fetus directly behind her. Youre right, it does, was all Cassie said, and then pulled Laurel in for a hug. Im just glad youre okay.

Among countless shelves of glass beakers and safety goggles, Laurel let herself cry and explained how Mr. Boylan had been interrogating her, trying to find out information about her friends. And he was asking about our families. He knows were all witches, Cassie, and he wants to mark every one of us. Cassie was gradually putting the pieces together. Then we absolutely cant perform magic until we figure out how to stop him. Laurels eyes welled up with tears again. Youre okay now, Cassie assured her.

And youre not alone. Were going to figure out a way to save you. I promise. We are in over our heads, Cassie. This isnt like anything weve ever faced before. Laurel started to cry so furiously Cassie was afraid someone in the hallway would hear them.

I dont want to die, she said. Nobody is going to die. Cassie lowered her own voice to a whisper. Ive been talking to my mom about my father. Just last night in fact. And Im learning things, Laurel. Ancient things that will help us. Laurels sobbing quieted and she wiped the tears from her rosy cheeks. When my father was young he saved a friend of my mothers who had been marked.

I know it can be done. And you think you can figure out how he did it? She said everything she could think of to try to help Laurel calm down, but in her mind she feared they were running out of time. She had to do something about thisand her fathers bookbefore the hunters picked them off one by one.

On a different day, or maybe in a different life, Cassie would have been excited for the dance. But this afternoons lunch was going to be all business. Suzan arrived a few minutes after the others and dropped her tray on the table with enthusiasm, seemingly oblivious to the groups mood.

Is it that time already? We have to go shopping before all the good dresses disappear. Is that seriously whats on your mind right now? Melanie said, her mouth half full.

A stupid dance? Were supposed to act normal, right? So we dont seem suspicious to the principal or anyone else. Im just acting normal. You can act however you want, as long as you dont perform any magic, Cassie announced. The principal knows who we are. We confirmed that this morning. Suzan took a seat between Faye and Deborah.

She pushed her tray away dejectedly. Nobody told me. Im always the last to know everything. Cassie looked around the table at her friends. Of course the hunters had figured them out. Not only were they always together, but none of them seemed average, even when they were alone.

Adam and Nick, the Henderson brothers, and even Sean carried themselves with a pride and independence that set them apart from other guys at school. Their fellow students were terrified and awestruck by them. It was no different for the girls.

Diana was the most admired, and Faye the most fearedbut Laurel, Melanie, Deborah, and Suzan were no less intriguing to their classmates. Something about them sparkled. They were unlike all the other girls in school; their problems were so much larger than boys and clothes. After what happened earlier today, Diana said quietly, school is no longer safe for those of us whove been marked.

Shed directed the comment at Laurel, but Laurel just played with her sandwich, not eating and not looking up. Cassie had never seen her this depressed, even when the hunters first burned their symbol onto her front lawn. Faye also pretended not to hear Dianas warning. She refused to acknowledge that shed been marked at all. Cassie noticed she was still wearing the opal necklace Max had given her, the one hed stamped with the hunter symbol.

You can take that off, Cassie said, pointing to the necklace. You dont have to keep wearing it like some kind of scarlet letter.

Faye shook her head.

Im not about to let on that I know about the mark. Hes not the only one who can pretend to be someone hes not. Deborah nodded, pointing her plastic fork at Faye like a spear. You should give him a taste of his own medicine. Max played you, and now you have to turn it around on him.

Sean shifted his beady eyes across the cafeteria toward Max, and Faye quickly applied a fresh coat of red gloss to her lips. Do you honestly think revenge is the best idea right now? Diana asked. Weve already had one close call with a hunter today. We dont need another. Relax, D.

Faye curled her lips into a smile. We need information on the hunters and hes our way to it. Im going to pump him for intel, double agentstyle. Watch and learn. Without another word, Faye stood up and jogged over to Max, meeting him halfway as he approached. He was dressed to go to lacrosse practice and carried a duffel bag. Faye took the bag from him, dropped it to her side, and pretended to be just as in love with him as ever.

She pulled him in close and kissed him passionately on the mouth. Ive missed you, she said, loud enough for the Circle to hear. Max touched his fingers to his lips, now lightly coated in the same red gloss as Fayes. And I missed you, he said. Max was tall and muscular with light brown hair. His voice was rugged, and he wore a perpetual cocky grin.

He was just the kind of guy that made Faye swoon. The rest of the Circle watched as Faye whispered into Maxs ear and he murmured back to her in a soft voice.

Do you think hes falling for it? Sean asked. Seems like it, Doug said, nodding his wild head of blond hair. Hes acting the same as before. Like a lovesick wimp. But who knows if shell be able to get any information out of him, his twin brother said. Melanie was dubious, as usual. Theres no way hes going to give up anything on the hunters.

The Secret Circle: The Hunt by L.J. Smith

Smith, L. But when she arrives, she discovers that her destiny is inescapable: she is initiated into the Secret Circle, a coven of young witches whose power has controlled the town for three hundred years. Hopelessly in love with the coven leader's boyfriend, Cassie risks falling prey to dark powers which could destroy all that she holds dear. Download HERE! The Secret Circle The Captive Can the Secret Circle survive or will the dark struggle of good, evil, and tormented love consume them all?

Lured into the most popular in-crowd imaginable, Cassie is intoxicated by her newfound strength, a power as addictive as it is perilous. Caught between two members' consuming desires to use the coven's mysterious force, Cassie turns to one of their boyfriends, Adam - and falls captive to her own dangerous love.

Bewitched by the promise of love through magic, Cassie captures Adam's heart and upsets the delicate balance of power, unleashing a storm of fury no one anticipates. United at last with Diana, the mistress of her coven, Cassie must first sacrifice her love for Adam to save the Secret Circle and the town of New Salem from the evil powers of the witch Faye.

Threatened by the possibility of her destruction in a final battle between good and evil, Cassie must hope that her supernatural gifts are strong enough to obliterate the powers of evil.

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If victorious, Cassie will win more than she ever dreamed. But if she and Diana fail, the Power will go to those who seek only to destroy.

She's dating her soul mate Adam and making new friends in town. But between the secret coven of witches she belongs to and the incredible power she holds within her, Cassie is leading a far from ordinary life. When tragedy strikes the Circle, Cassie realizes being extraordinary can be a curse.Faye also pretended not to hear Dianas warning.

You can count on it. Diana asked, speaking over Faye. Faye curled her lips into a smile. Laurel hesitated.