The group stepped inside the rusted gates and waited while Mike scanned the area with the gaze of an experienced investigator. “There.” He pointed at an empty patch of grass in the middle of the cemetery. “Aura, do your thing. Davin, I want you to help her.”
Aurelia did what she was instructed, but Davin couldn’t tear his eyes away from Emily, who wore a short, plaid skirt and a charcoal-colored blouse that was matted with sweat. She stood and smiled at him in a way that no one else could read.
Mike threw Davin an angry glance, and his friend finally stumbled after Aurelia. Emily followed.
“I don’t get it,” Greg said when the three were several yards away. “What are we doing here? You never mentioned this place might be a candidate for the location of the astral gate.”
Mike grinned. “I know,” he said quietly. “We’ll see what happens in a few minutes. Maybe nothing. Hopefully something.”
“I’ll hold my breath and cross my fingers,” Emmer said sarcastically.
Deep inside the cemetery, Aurelia pulled a dark blue pouch out of her pocket. She tore it open and scooped out a handful of salt. Inspecting Emily’s face for any reaction, she began sprinkling it into the grass until she produced a circle that was invisible to the naked eye. She then pulled five quartz crystals out of her pocket and placed them at even intervals around the circumference of the circle. She bowed her head and began muttering in Latin.
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