Chapter 14

Conclusions


"So how did you guys know to come here?" Mary asked as Rachel helped her out to the station wagon to go to the hospital.

"I saw the note taped to your locker. I was really pissed that you didn't tell me about it as soon as you came out to lunch."

"I hadn't seen it yet."

"Oh."

Mary gave Rachel a sideways glance. "I did want to tell you when I saw it after lunch, but you'd stormed off."

Rachel sighed. "Oh geez, I'm such a bad friend." She opened the door for Mary and helped her get into the station wagon.

"No, you're not. You were awesome today. So you saw the note and called Grandma?"

Rachel nodded. "I was mad, but I knew you needed help. You can't do everything yourself, Mary."

Mary lowered her eyes and nodded. "I know and I will tell you everything. I'll bore you to tears with everything."

Rachel grinned. "If I start snoring, just poke me." Mary smiled back.

"I expect to be told things too. Next time, you will call me before facing something like this again," Grandma told her as she got into the driver's seat. Mary nodded again. She was beginning to feel like a bobble head, but she deserved it. She hadn't been thinking when she'd rushed to Cy's house.

Kyle got in on the other side of the car.

Mary gave her grandmother a questioning look through the rear view mirror. Her grandmother shrugged.

Grandma started the car and turned to Rachel. "I'll be back shortly to help with the rest of the cleanup."

"You better. I might mix cleaning chemicals or something. There are many reasons my family has a housekeeper."

Mary grinned and waved to Rachel as they drove away. The grin slipped away when she turned back and stared at the back of Kyle's head. Why was he coming with them?

***


Mary sat in an uncomfortable silence beside Kyle in the emergency room. At the house, Grandma had looked at Kyle’s head and cleaned the cut made by the lamp. It wasn’t bad enough for stitches. Grandma had interrogated him thoroughly about how he felt. She'd looked closely at his pupils and decreed that he didn’t have a concussion. He didn't need to see a doctor, but he’d come with them to the hospital anyway.

He hadn’t said anything since they'd left his house. After helping Mary fill out the insurance forms, Grandma had left to go back and finish helping Rachel clean-up the Ashers' home. Mary didn’t know why Kyle stayed with her. It was like he didn’t want to let her out of his sight.

Well, if he weren't going anywhere, Mary took a deep breath. “Could you tell me why you were wearing Ricky's locket?”

Kyle sat hunched over with his hands clasped together. He shrugged his shoulders in response to her question. “Just a dumb idea I guess.”

“But how'd you end up with it in the first place?”

Kyle tilted his head back and stared at the ceiling. “I found it when I went down to the basement after I heard all this stuff crash down there. All these boxes had fallen over, and when I started putting them back up, the locket sort of fell on my shoulder. It scared the crap out of me. I thought it was a freaking snake. When I reached down to pick it up, I thought I would show it to Mom, but when I picked it up, I changed my mind. I decided to wear it, and I got meaner everyday that passed until I couldn't hold in the hatred anymore.”

Mary sat there in shock. She knew exactly which day Kyle was talking about. She’d lured Kyle into the basement. “Ricky decided for you to wear the locket. You didn't have a chance from the get go.” She wasn’t sure if her words were to reassure him or herself.

“Then I was possessed or something?”

Mary’s eyes slid to Kyle. “That's what I think. Or did you really want to go twelve rounds with me?”

“Oh God,” Kyle said, putting his head in his hands. “I can't believe I did all that. I mean I really wanted to hurt you.”

“Hey,” Mary said, grabbing his shoulder. “You didn't want to hurt me. It was Ricky. I don't blame you.”

“Still, you’re not supposed to hit girls. Hitting on them is fine, but…”

Mary smiled. Even if it had been Kyle's body that had terrorized her for the past couple of days, it hadn't been Kyle, the person. She was beginning to like Kyle, the person, or at least, she didn't detest him.

“I should've been stronger,” Kyle murmured.

“It wasn’t your fault,” Mary assured him again.

Kyle shook his head. It would take him a little while to get over it, but she was positive he would. A nurse came over to them, pushing a wheelchair. “Miss Hellick, we're ready to see you now.”

“Thanks,” she said. With Kyle’s and the nurse's help, she got into the wheelchair. Her ankle had swollen to the size of a grapefruit, and the tiniest weight on it hurt like a thousand bee stings. As the nurse prepared to take her to an examination room, she turned back to Kyle. “Go home and help with the clean-up. Tell your parents you accidentally destroyed the microwave. They’ll believe you. Don’t worry about it. It’s all over.” Kyle nodded.

“Mary?” he called.

Mary turned back again.

“Thanks for, you know, saving me and stuff,” he said, suddenly self-conscious. Mary smiled back at him.

“No problem.”

* * *


Mary sat silently in the front seat of her grandmother’s old station wagon on her way to school. The doctors had said she shouldn’t do a lot of walking for the next month. Yep, she had sprained her ankle and was using crutches in the meantime.

How Kyle had ended up with the locket still troubled Mary. She felt culpable, and she didn’t like that. She’d been trying to help, but maybe she’d made things worse.

“Grandma, I went to the Ashers’ house one time that you don’t know about.”

Grandma turned and looked at her inquisitively. Mary squirmed in her seat. “I went over when no one was home to get rid of Ricky, but I couldn’t get into the basement safely. Kyle showed up while I was trying and instead of just running, I riled up Ricky to cause a distraction and make Kyle go to the basement.”

“Why did you send Kyle to the basement?” Grandma asked.

“I wanted him in there so he wouldn’t see me leave that's when Ricky put the locket on Kyle.”

“Oh,” Grandma said. She took a deep breath through her nose and looked out the windshield in thought.

“It’s my fault Kyle got possessed. Isn’t it?” Mary scrunched down in her seat unhappily.

Grandma didn’t answer immediately. When she did, it wasn’t with denial. “It was wrong of you to knowingly send a person into a place with a malevolent spirit. You put him at risk. You couldn’t have known Ricky would give Kyle his anchor, but he could have hurt him. Mary, you have a very special gift that you must be responsible with. You know that there is more than just the living plane, and while others may not know or believe, you have to be conscientious of their safety.”

Mary nodded. She must have looked miserable because Grandma reached across and ran her hand through Mary’s hair. “I’m glad you told me about this and proud that you could discern that you may have done something bad, but in the end, you also did a great deal of good. You not only expelled Ricky but also released the spirit of his wife. You gave the Ashers a house that they can now truly make their home. Learn from this experience, and you’ll be able to do more good the next time you help someone.”

Mary gave her grandma a startled look and said nervously, “I don’t want to make this a regular thing. I want to live as close to a normal life as I can.”

“I know, but someone may come across your path like Cy did that you will want to help.” Mary nodded and gave her grandmother an easy smile. Once again, the fortuneteller had cemented her claim to coolest Grandmother ever.

Mary waved goodbye as her grandmother pulled away from the school. She was struggling with a side door into the school to avoid most of the early morning crowds when a nice person pushed the door open and held it for her.

“Thanks,” she said. She was too preoccupied with her crutches and her book bag to look up at the person.

“Mary, what happened to you?” Mary raised her head in surprise. Cy stood holding the door for her.

“Um, I sprained my ankle. It’s no big deal,” she said.

“No big deal? Anything involving crutches is a big deal. Are you okay? How’d you sprain it?”

Mary stared at him in surprise at his interest. She briefly thought about telling him the truth. ‘Well, it happened while I was saving your house from a homicidal ghost. Sorry about the microwave,’ but she decided against it. It would be her little secret, along with Kyle’s and Rachel’s and Grandma’s. Okay, maybe it wasn’t such a little secret, but none of them would tell what happened. It was too weird, and Cy had already proven that he couldn’t handle weird.

Mary wished that she didn’t have to lie to Cy, but this would have to be like her secret identity. She’d be regular old Scary Mary at school, and Super Scary Mary, at other times, able to vanquish ghosts with common household appliances, but she was not going to run around in a cape and change clothes in phone booths. Some things were just silly. Rachel would probably do it.

Seeing that Cy was still waiting for an answer, she ruefully grinned and said, “I tripped down the stairs yesterday. I know it's really stupid. Would you mind not telling anyone? I’d rather they think it was due to a motorcycle accident or something.”

Cy smiled. “Your secret’s safe with me. Do you need help with your books?”

Mary blinked for a moment. She couldn’t believe Cy was being so nice to her. What had changed? “Aren’t you still mad at me or something?”

Cy looked down for a second. He squared his shoulders and looked back up at Mary. “I know that I’ve been a jerk, and I hate being a jerk. Let’s just let bygones be bygones and just be okay. Okay?”

Mary didn’t know how to answer. She heard what he didn’t say. He didn’t say let’s be friends again. It made her feel empty. She had to swallow painfully before she could answer. “Okay.”

“Okay,” Cy repeated with a grin. He took Mary’s backpack and walked with her to her locker. Mary was quiet on the trip. She feared that the only reason he was walking with her was because of the crutches. As soon as they were gone, he’d be gone. He was just being nice, but he didn’t have to help her. Did this mean there was hope? Could they become friends again eventually? Mary stole a look at Cy. He was looking down the hall. He didn’t seem tense or nervous to be with her. He looked relaxed and maybe even a little happy if the upward turns at the corners of his mouth were any indication.

Cy glanced at her from the corner of his eye. He caught her looking. He turned and gave her a full grin. Mary quickly tilted her head down. How did he always catch her looking? She knew that she was probably blushing a little, but she was smiling too.

“Mary, did something happen between you and Kyle since you came by my house that second time?”

Mary quickly glanced at Cy. “Why?” she asked. Kyle should’ve returned to normal now that Ricky’s influence had been removed.

“He’s been acting weird.”

“How?”

“Like nicer and stuff. It’s really weird.”

Mary smiled to herself. “I wouldn’t worry about him. I’m sure he’ll grow out of it.” Cy grinned and escorted her to her first period class. He gave Mary her books and left with a wave.

Mary sat in contentment. Her life was going really well. She’d patched things up with Cy, she’d taken care of a nasty ghost, and she wouldn’t have to participate in gym for the next three weeks. Yes, life was looking good.

The intercom system clicked on. “Mary Hellick, please report to the guidance office.” Mary scowled. Scratch that. Life had been looking good.

“Mary, it hasn’t been two full weeks of school, yet you’ve already run afoul.”

Mary leaned her crutches against the wall and hopped over to the chair. She shot Mr. Landa a frown. If only he knew what could happen in two weeks.

“Eastern Snyder frowns heavily on skipping classes,” he continued.

“I’m sorry. I would’ve gone to class if I hadn’t been in the ER,” she said.

Mr. Landa’s eyes narrowed slightly as he looked at her bandaged ankle. “Yes, and how exactly did you sprain it?”

Mary smiled. “Well, you see, there were these ninjas…”

THE END


Scary Mary's adventures continue here:

97 comments:

Windvein said...

Well, that's the end of Scary Mary. If I missed something, please let me know.

Thanks for reading this. I am working on a sequel, but it is only in the planning stages right now.

I will be launching a new story titled Unicorn Bait. Look for it in a month.

Parchment Quill said...

Finally, you updated. I was beginning to think that something had happened to you, glad to know you're okay. Love the ending. Where are you going to be posting 'Unicorn Bait'?

Windvein said...

Unicorn Bait will have its own blog once I get the design right and have chapters ready to post. I hope to start in a month, but Nanowrimo is upon me and I want to complete that.

Sorry for being late today, I didn't actually get home from vacation until late Wednesday night, then I went to work Thursday, and it just sort of hit me, I have to update Scary Mary! Anyhoo, I'm glad you enjoyed it, Parchment Quill. Thank you for all your comments!

Azzitizz said...

Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou, for your wonderful story.
I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every word.
Hoping you do do a sequel to it.
Will be keeping my eye out for Unicorn Bait.
:)

Anonymous said...

wow ... I just read all the chapters just then ... and I thought it was brilliant!
I'll be looking forward to the sequel and Unicorn Bait.

Anonymous said...

Loved it. The ending made me smile. I would love a sequal. Any info you can give us on that?

Windvein said...

Thanks Azzitizz and Anons for your kind words.

I'm hoping to begin Unicorn Bait in December.

Azzitizz said...

All I can say is......
Roll on December!!!!
:)

Arya said...

That was one awesome story. I can't wait for the sequel! I saw your ad for it on the NaNo boards, and I'd reply to the thread but I can't find it again.
~Arya

Windvein said...

Arya,

Thank you so much! I posted on the Shameless Promotion Thread. Here's a link to my post. I'm glad you liked the story. A sequel is in the works, but it will be a long time coming. I am currently posting chapters to Unicorn Bait.

madtru said...

WOW!! Great story. I really enjoyed it. Looking foward to the sequal.

Windvein said...

Thanks so much, madtru! I'm working on the sequel, but it's tough.

originalpuck said...

Oh, I sort of had hopes for Mary/Kyle by the end, but there's still room for that in the sequel, eh?

I loved the end, and was sorry to see the story finish itself up (even if there was plenty of room left for the sequel).

Looking forward to checking out some of your other works. ^^

Windvein said...

originalpuck, thank you for reading Scary Mary. I gotta say, with everyone asking for a sequel, it makes my fingers itch.

Carly said...

Oh my god! I LOVE this story!! I can't wait to read the sequal and your other stories!!

~Carly

Windvein said...

Carly,

Thanks for the praise. I hope you like my other stuff, though currently Unicorn Bait is a wee bit stalled...

Stormy said...

“Still, you’re not supposed to hit girls. Hitting on them is fine, but…”
Hehe

*big loud cheer*

Excellent. :)

Wonderful ending.

Rebecca said...

So about that sequel...? ::grins:: By the way, I have hope for a Kyle/Mary happy ending as well!

Windvein said...

Stormy and Rebecca,

Thank you so much for your comments. I'm so happy you enjoyed it.

And the sequel is still pretty far away. Sorry.

g morris said...

I just got through reading Scary Mary and from the first word to the last it had me locked in my seat . Great story Enjoyed it immensly.
G. Morris

Windvein said...

Thank you, G. Morris. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

Anonymous said...

Wonderful story! I truly enjoyed reading each work of it. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed the story a lot, it's the best i've read in a while!
THUMBS UP!!!

Anonymous said...

TWO THUMBS UP!

Anonymous said...

it was great...the ending made me smile....superb !
there was a lot of suspense in the last few chapters which made the story dynamic....

Anonymous said...

It was good. I would have liked to see her end up with kyle though. Cy did turn his back on her after getting to know her.

Windvein said...

Thank you, Anons for all of your kind words.

Gemmaroonies said...

Actually amazing.
The last line was genius (:
Sequel would be amazing!
I'd say how many thumbs up I give it but I kinda ran out of thumbs..

Windvein said...

Hee. Thank you, Gemmaroonies. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Anonymous said...

at first, i actually thought this was a real book. but then, i realized it was an incredibly stupid tale. I dont know why these, like, parchment quill and azzitizz ppl actually like it.
BUT, props you you, windvein, i dont have the tolerence to write a story like this. Oh, by the way, you should change mary's makeup, bc it actually does make her superwierd if shes wearing like, black lipstick. uh, gross!!

Misty said...

I thought Scary Mary was briliant. I couldn't stop reading til I reached the end. I look forward to the sequel.

Windvein said...

Thank you, Misty.

Huh, anon, your comment must have gone to my spam folder. Black lipstick isn't that weird...I wore it when I was in high school, but I can get that some people might not like it.

Anonymous said...

OH MY GOSH!!! This whole story was like the best i have read in quite a while. I mean, I am nineteen but i am so into stories and movies about witches and such. Can't wait to read the sequel.

Also forget Cy and put Mary and Kyle together.

Luniiz said...

Hey congratz:
its was great ..

but I am not sure about the title.. scary mary. .blaah she has cero/nada/nothing scary..but ooh well its your book right??

and i love the ending how kyle became sweeter and Cy became good old Cy, .. ooo yeaa life is good.. (until ...)

good luck..

Windvein said...

Thank, Luniiz. Mary is a sweetie. It's only the mean girls (aka Vicky's posse) that call her Scary Mary.

Sam said...

This was very nice. I wasn't quite ready to be done with SCARY MARY and her tale, though :-(

Thanks!

Windvein said...

Thanks, Sam.

brogon said...

Hi,

it was really fun to read. :) A little bit predictable, but still pushing me to continue reading. Some paragraph made me smile, some let me get some goose skin. And finally you got me with the twist of the second, freed ghost from the locket.

Quite a solid work, I'd say. I just wouldn't have »switched« Cy as fast back as you did. More like Kyle having him somehow irritated telling him to watch out for her (because he'd heard she was injured). Startled about his brother's sudden change of mind he would've obeyed. Then giving off a (slight) hint of him starting to actually talk to her again, or so... But that's just my ¢5 ;) Maybe I just don't like sudden switches of a character's personality. Like I'd have liked more (explicit) character development of Anakin in Star Wars episode 3... :)

Anyway, nice work! -- I'll keep »Unicorn Bait« for tomorrow :)

cu,
BrĂ´gon

Windvein said...

Brogon,

Thanks for your comments. They are food for thought.

Anonymous said...

This was an AMAZING story! I was bored and looking through different free online books, and this one came up. I folowed the link, and got so into it! Great job!

Windvein said...

Glad you liked it!

kd7mvs said...

Xenophon Hendrix mentioned this story at his blog, and I'm glad I followed the link; one long read later, time to check out your other stories!

Obviously, I enjoyed Scary Mary.

Windvein said...

Thanks for stopping by! I'm really honored to be linked to by Xenophon Hendrix. Hope you like my other project.

stacy said...

OMG this was the best story. i did not want it to end. im sittin at the end of my seat waitin for sequel. this was pure genious--a more realistic buffy the vampire slayer....whoo-hoo Mary the ghost freer. U rock and so did ur story

Anonymous said...

a realy interesting storyline, ove the ending. i found it hard to stop reading it at timnes!

very original i would say :)

Windvein said...

Thank you, Stacy and Anon. Very high praise indeed. I'm blushing. Better than BtVS? Nooo. No one's better than the Buffster, but Mary and she would probably get along well together.

Anonymous said...

This is by far the best story I've ever read and it didn't even take me that long. Your subtle humour, wit and sarcastic-ness made me crack up in every single chapter--I love it!!

Am hoping you make your writing known. Your skills deserve acknowledgment.

Windvein said...

Thanks, Anon. Glad I tickled your funny bone.

JZ said...

I've been meaning to read Scary Mary for a while and finally got around to it. It was very much worth it. I'll have to check out Unicorn Bait sometime soon.

Anonymous said...

i havae never in joyed reading this much.........this is 1 of the best books i have read in a long time............:)

Windvein said...

Thank you, JZ and anon. You're very kind to comment. I hope you do check out Unicorn Bait and enjoy it as well.

Tanya, 13 said...

Truly amazing!!!
I couldn't stop reading it.

Windvein said...

Thanks, Tanya!

Sannah said...

Not the greatest story ever but I have to admit that it kept me hooked (I wasn't planning on reading the whole thing in one go but couldn't stop :)) You definately have potential and judging by your work and style of writing you must be your late teens, so best of luck for the future! I hope that you make a career out of this. Even though the storyline was sort of raw and predictable, I loved your wit and well etched characters. This is the first time I've read an online book (I was just browsing and thought I'll give it a go) and I'm glad it was yours. Reading the comments were a treat in itself, Its an added bonus to see how others are reacting to it. Keep on writing! :) I'll try to catch up with more of your work whenever I get the time.

- Sannah

S.A. Hunter said...

Sannah,

Thanks for commenting. Regarding my age...I'm not in my late teens...I think I'll leave it at that. Hope you enjoy my other work. Thanks.

verahogan said...

This was an awsome novel! I read it all in one sitting. I can't wait for a sequel or anything else by you for that matter! Keep writting and good luck!

S.A. Hunter said...

First, I guess I should say, this is me Windvein. My stuff will be signed as S.A. Hunter now. Sorry for any confusion.

And thank you, verahogan. I'm working on the sequel now. Have over 10,000 words written. Want 50,000 so I got a ways to go.

Nicole Spruit said...

as a few others said, storyline a bit predictable, but i found myself hooked nonetheless. the pace was brilliant and dialog perfect. i would definitely enjoy a sequel! *goes to check out unicorn bait*

Celes Tempest said...

Well, it seems I'm a somewhat backwards person, as I came here after reading Unicorn Bait. But the up side is that it convinced me to read Scary Mary, which I shied away from at first, since I'm not a fan of the occult. Your humor and wit in Unicorn Bait induced me to read a story I would not normally have looked at, and I was not disappointed. It's kept me well entertained while I've been cooped up inside in the days following Hurricane Ike's assault.

Thank you for your wonderful stories and congratulations on becoming one of my new favorite authors. *smiles* Here's hoping Scary Mary's sequel keeps me smiling and laughing as much as its predecessors.

Anonymous said...

I was hoping that horrible Vicky would finally get hers for being such a rotten person. Also think that Mary and Cy are great together, her friend should also have a love interest, Kyle perhaps?

Sarah C said...

i really enjoyed reading your story. I'm really excited for the sequel.

Anonymous said...

I absolutely LOVED your story! I had been browsing for another book actually when I started reading this. I've been here for hours reading it and I don't regret it! It was a great book and I plan on telling my friends about it. I can't wait to read Unicorn Bait. Please keep on writing, and the best of luck!

S.A. Hunter said...

Commenting to say thank you to everyone. I am working on the sequel. I hope to start posting it January 1st, 2009. Will leave a link when it's up and ready to surf.

Patrick said...

Really an amazing story. I like those kind of both funny and exciting teenage stories. Keep on the good work.

Best regards from Germany
Patrick

S.A. Hunter said...

Thanks, Patrick. It's cool to hear from people around the world. Hope you come back in January to read the sequel. ;-)

mydien said...

gosh, soo COOL ;]
i love it!

S.A. Hunter said...

Thanks, mydien. Hope you try out the sequel.

pharmac said...

let me tell you a story, one day i was so bored i started surfing for free online stories, and *pop!* i stumbled into scary mary. XD

yep, i definitely loved this, quite predictable at times and not much character elaborations but good job! next time, work on twists and character personalities. you did a good job with rachel and grandma and vicky, but not so much with cy and mary. they were the main characters! and they keep switching personalities. it's kinda confusing.

i was hoping for some kyle/mary endings too! forget cy. he didn't even show up during the best chapters. lol. i think kyle and mary would be great. XD

and yeah, the comedy of it all got me hooked. can't pass a chapter without laughing at the least.

the last line was absolutely G.E.N.I.U.S.!

keep up the good work! peace out. :D

cheekylil. said...

you got me when mary released julie. it was the greatest twist in the story. even greater than the revelation of kyle being possessed.

S.A. Hunter said...

pharmac, thanks for all your comments. Curious about your comments about characters not evolving and staying in character especially concerning Mary. Kyle/Mary will have to wait, but something is brewing in the sequel.

Cheekylil, glad you liked the part about the locket. I was pretty proud of myself when it came to me. The original draft didn't have that twist.

pharmac said...

S.A Hunter, it's just that, they change from time to time in such a haste and without a backup explanation. um, like cy, the final turn was so mysterious of him, the transition from jerk to cool was so sudden that it's hard to dawn on the reader. um, let's just say, cy didn't win our hearts back. that's all. and with mary, i love that there's a 'softer' her inside, but, it's like she's another person in some chapters... well, that's my opinion anyway, and my opinions aren't always right. :)

Anonymous said...

I just hope Marry should end up with something happier. Cy was too cold for her, he didn't even know what happen. Also, the whole school should at least knows her ability instead of picking or whispering on her. Anyway, it is not a bad ending.

Ninja thingy really cracked me up, amazing.
Love the novel.

*Born to read*

S.A. Hunter said...

pharmac, thanks for coming back to clarify. Cy was a tough character to write. I think you might be right about the ending. I think part of it too is that we don't see why Cy gradually have a change of heart so his encounter with Mary at the end does seem abrupt. I'll have to think on how to fix it if I can.


*Born to read* Glad you enjoyed it. I couldn't do a happily ever after with Mary because I want to give her more stories and having her ride off into the sunset would prevent that and a happily ever after just didn't seem right to me, but Mary does deserve to be happy.

beautifulangel_16 said...

WOW...THIS BOOK IS ABSOLUTELTY GREAT..I'D RECCOMMEND IT TO ANYONE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO ENJOY....I LOVE IT...WISH I COULD FIND A BOOK THAT GOOD AGAIN!!

S.A. Hunter said...

beautifulangel_16, thank you for your lovely comments. They brought a big smile to my face. There are thousands of good stories to read. May I recommend Tamora Pierce, Garth Nix, or Diana Wynne Jones just to name a few.

supasary said...

Applause! Great ending, definately better ending than Unicorn Bait. I loved the story. I really did. I like you style of writing. Thanks for a good read.

Anonymous said...

I love google... forgot my book today at lunch, and asked for online fiction... after a bit of browsing thought this looked good.

Wonderful! Went on to read Unicorn Bait at afternoon tea (and a bit longer, but don't tell the boss!)... will be searching for more tomorrow...

Anonymous said...

Browsing for a good book to read and am really glad to pick yours. Enjoyed it all. Also enjoyed reading the comments after each chapter. I was actually picturing the scenes in my mind. One of hobbies is READING and your SCARY MARY is trully a great one to see.
THANK YOU!!

qazyfiction said...

I really enjoyed reading this - thank you for such a fun read!

me™ said...

Amazing. A great story.
I really liked the simplicity... and yet this story has tumultuous emotions, and the thing between Cy and Mary is really cute.

And the story had me HOOKED! Very very interesting!!

Xirena said...

I found your sequel first on www.webfictionguide.com and wanted to readit but rationalized that I should have the backstory first, I really enjoyed Scary Mary and am headed to read Stalking Shadows now. I have also read Unicorn Bait and enjoyed it as well, so Thank You very much for the great reads!!

S.A. Hunter said...

Xirena,

Thanks so much! You're making me blush. So happy to hear you liked SM and Unicorn Bait. Hope you enjoy Stalking Shadows!

Franky K said...

Dear Ms. Hunter,

I have just finished your book and I thought it was amazing. I am writing you this email to say thank you for putting it online. I really enjoyed it.

Frances

Anonymous said...

really cool book, waiting for tthe sequel

stacy Q said...

I'm not sa critic, but was bored at the office and did an online search for free reading material, started reading this. I've read about 2 chapters in between calls starting late last week. I got hooked and finished it off. This is a great in for a series of short stories. You have such a great writing style, detailed enough that you can imagine the characters and story but keep the story moving along at a great speed. A strong character, Mary, you could write her into a bunch of adventures! Keep up the good work!

S.A. Hunter said...

Hi Stacy Q,

Glad SM could make work go by quicker for you. Hope you have a chance to try Stalking Shadows.

To anon,

Sorry, your comment seems to have slipped by me. The sequel is up. Stalking Shadows is free to read online. The ebook edition is in the works.

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

My daughter left page open on iPad and I started reading. I'm 41 and I loved it. Even got the heart racing towards the end. You should be very proud. Well done. Loved it..
Sam

S.A. Hunter said...

Hi Sam,

Thank you so much!

Lexxie Wynters said...

WOW! What a great read. I'll go check out the sequel now :D

S.A. Hunter said...

Thank you, Lexxie!

Anonymous said...

well listen there where these ninjas and... i love the eneding

Anonymous said...

Found this through onlinenovels. I'm not really into witches and ghosts. (Too much of that seems to be going around these days.) I had to take a chance, though, when I read "humor" in the summary. The quips and quick pace kept me reading.
I think my favorite part of the whole story was the paragraph about Mary's secret identity - using small appliances and refusing to go around wearing a cape. Great stuff.
I, too, think the change in Cy at the end is confusing.
At first Chowder's part in the story didn't make sense to me. Now I think the invisible dog was a necessity for the plot. His 'presence' (heh heh) brought a cohesiveness I didn't expect.
Thanks!
Rilla

S.A. Hunter said...

Hi Rilla,

Thank you so much for taking a chance on Scary Mary. :-) I've heard from a few others recently that the change of heart with Cy doesn't ring true for them either. I may have painted things a little too rosy. Things certainly aren't as cheery as they appear which becomes apparent in the sequel.

Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed reading this book. I look forward to reading the sequel. Keep up the good work! Sincerely, DF

S.A. Hunter said...

Hi DF,

Thanks so much! Hope you enjoy Stalking Shadows!

Anonymous said...

Hi im ariana

I recently read this and LOVEDD ITT its stalking shadows a sequel or another book you made ? I want a sequel , and does stalking shadows start how this ended? I hope so but if stalking shadows isn't a sequel please make one and please respond !!

S.A. Hunter said...

Hi ariana,

Stalking Shadows is the sequel. It starts a few months after Scary Mary.

You can read the online rough draft here: http://stalkingshadows.sahunter.net/

I hope you like it! Thanks!

(There is a third book - Broken Spirits, but it is only available in ebook form.)