Now Live The Last Witch of North Berwick House
By T.J. Podger
When Adrian Carter followed his wife, Agnes, to their dream home in North Berwick he had no idea it was to be the start of a truly terrifying journey.
Every old house has its folklore and stories so he was told. He hadn’t expected those stories to be true. As a horror writer, Adrian had a terrific imagination, but even he could not envisage what was to come.
Tracie Podger, a multi-genre author, wrote this ghostly tale initially as part of an anthology. But she just couldn’t keep it short enough so released The Last Witch as a novella.
Witches and ghosts, dunking stools, and old houses combine in this entertaining tale of the goings-on at North Berwick House.
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Chapter One – 1951
“I think it’s safe to say your client is certifiably mad,” Dr. Matthews said, as he and Jacob stared through a glass window into a bare room.
Jacob Wellbeing had been set the task to defend Adrian Carter, who was presently rocking in a corner of a padded cell, whilst waiting for a verdict in a murder charge to be delivered. Jacob believed he had successfully claimed insanity and after all the evidence had been presented, it would be a surprise if the jury decided otherwise. The guy was clearly nuts. Jacob and Dr. Matthews could hear the mumbles and the reciting of what Adrian had done. There was no doubt he had murdered, but his account of it was baffling.
It had all started with the purchase of what was to be a forever home…
One year earlier
As soon as Adrian had returned home from work, his wife, Agnes, presented him with details of a house she’d found for sale. She was excited by the prospect of the ‘doer-upper,’ as the agent had called it. The couple had been searching for a year or so for their forever home, deciding it either needed to be built from scratch or a renovation project.
“Look!” she said excitedly, as she thrust the document into his hands.
She helped him out of his coat to speed the process. Adrian laughed and kissed his wife on the cheek. She was always so exuberant, particularly with a project.
Agnes was a schoolteacher of primary-aged children in the village they lived, but she also had a desire to move to somewhere more remote and run a school for local children, who couldn’t access mainstream education. She had researched and acquired many qualifications since this idea had sprung to mind. Adrian was an author; he admitted as long as he had access to a typewriter, telephone, and a post office, he could probably work anywhere. So the task to find the remote location had fallen to Agnes.
All through dinner Agnes gushed over the merits of the house and showed her calculations to prove it was affordable. She told Adrian there was a part of the house perfectly liveable while they undertook the work. Her excitement had finally started to affect Adrian. He slid his dinner plate to one side and studied the calculations more. Agnes had certainly been thorough. The only issue Adrian had was the project would take the majority of their savings, and that was assuming they’d get the mortgage in the first place. A flutter of irritation washed over him when he discovered Agnes had gone ahead and spoken to their financial advisor already.
“So it’s a done deal, really?” he asked, placing the paperwork on the kitchen table.
About The Author
Tracie Podger currently lives in Kent, UK with her husband and a rather obnoxious cat called George. She’s a Padi Scuba Diving Instructor with a passion for writing. Tracie has been fortunate to have dived some of the wonderful oceans of the world where she can indulge in another hobby, underwater photography. She like getting up close and personal with sharks.
Tracie writes in various genres, Contemporary Romance but likes to explore relationships that are not always easy and there isn’t always a happy ending, Romantic Suspense, Thriller, and Erotic Romance. She likes to have her books feel real with realistic timelines and with strong women who don’t run because the going gets tough. Sex is important between loving people, therefore all her books contain graphic scenes. However, the character’s relationship is more important.
If you would like to know more, please feel free to contact her, she would love to hear from you.
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