Shadi sat in a cirle of witches, her eyes closed while she listened to the soft humming. Behind her were three more circles of witches, and all the woman held eachothers hand. Shadi felt the witch besides her soflty squeez in her hand, she was nerous. And they had a reason to be, if this this ritual failed then her mothers anger whould not be easely appeased. Shadi secretly looked at her mother between her eyelashes. She sat before her together with four other witches and all held eachothers hands. If one would look at them from above one would recognize the five pointed star surrounded by four circles. The five pointed star stood for Venus, it was the pattern that Venus traveled every five years through the night sky.
It had become the symbol of Satan long ago. And they had to thank the church and those dammed witchunters for that. The holy symbol of Venus, degraded for the church feared the power of woman. Shadi shook her head to get rid of her hatefull thoughts and focussed on the task before them. Saving the live of a young unborn infant. The father of the child had contaced them not long ago and begged them to save his wife and unborn child. The docters had told him the child would die at birth and the woman would be in danger. Shadi remembered how her mother had smiled as she agreed to the task, but for a price. Luckely the man was rich and influential, and could be used to strenghten the grip their coven had on the financial and political world. They did everything for the right price, from making your rival dissapear to predicting wich stock yu should buy next or what would be the best investment. Their repeated succeses had made them a secret standard within the high society, that and most witches were outstandingly beautifull and had seduced most men. Maybe even a president or two.
Shadi's attention shifted back a frightend pregnant woman in a white robe stepped into the cirlces, making sure not to disrupt the circle made out of suger. She sat down between the five witches in the middle and inmediatly a energy waved through the room. Everyone felt the power swirl and they started to strengthen the baby within her belly. The saddend sounds of a whailing woman could be heard as the five main witches started their acient song. Shadi had always found those songs creepy AF and hoped her mother would never teach them to her, the chance was small. After a good five minutes of sharing her power Sahdi began to feel exhausted. In the outer circle some witches had already fainted for they could not channel so much energy. Luckely her mother seemed to end things as the energy level lowerd. The pregnant woman seemed more than fine and the ritual was officially ended. Quickly Shadi stood up with the other witches."Long live Venus, the mother and the vein"
they all said almost singing. Then they all dispersed ann Shadi was thinking of doing the same, before her mother found her within the crowd. Laughing she snuck outnof the room together of the other younger witches and they chatted a bit. Then their group split up as well as most of them left the underground building while stepping onto the streets of nighttime Rome. Shad laughed some more as she looked at the well known white dome of sint Peters basilica. None of those old stubborn fools of the Vatican had ever noticed that maybe one of the biggest nests of Witches had operated right underneat their nose.
Shadi stretched herself before wistling a bit. A pitch black raven came flying down and landed on her shoulder before she started to walk towards her appartment. " good boy Noctis, did you wait long?"
Shadi spoke to the crow as she petted his soft black feathers."lets go home, maybe I can discover something interesting again tonight"