Hoodoo by Ronald L. Smith

Hoodoo by Ronald L. Smith

Author:Ronald L. Smith
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Jump Back, Evil

The next day I stayed close to home. I was tired, and every now and then got a headache on both temples. Maybe flying in the spirit world had some consequence. I learned that word in school: consequence. It was something that happened because of something else, if you didn’t know. Like if you ate a bunch of Squirrel Nut Zippers on the way home and then weren’t hungry for supper, that’d be a consequence.

Mama Frances cooked up some fried green tomatoes in the afternoon and I ate a couple slices. She always put hot pepper juice on hers, but the one time I did, it felt like my tongue was on fire.

I loved watching her cook. She knew right where everything was. I bet she could cook with her eyes closed if she wanted to. She must’ve thought I was doing okay and not worrying about nothing, but she didn’t really know what was going on. I had to put a spell on a mojo bag to keep the Stranger away. I knew she would’ve helped if I’d asked, but I didn’t want to. I had to do it myself. I had to believe.

Don’t make no sense for a boy named Hoodoo . . . to not know hoodoo.

After I got done eating, I went up to my room and pulled the powwow book from Daddy’s trunk.


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