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Another old Witch died one day. As time went on she was sadly missed and there was a void in Gothville. Eventually the villagers decided it was time to clean out her old cottage.

Different people took different things for themselves and there were very few things left by the time ElizaLouWho HotGoth arrived. ElizaLouWho HotGoth was quiet and unassuming and content to dwell in her own world and stay to herself.

She loved to dance and twirl by the light of her fireplace. Having a very eclectic bedroom, ElizaLouWho was always on the look-out for interesting things to add to her collection.

As the last of the villagers left the cottage, ElizaLouWho HotGoth entered and looked at the near-empty room. The curtains were gone, the blankets and beautiful black dresses and capes were gone, and even the Witch's familiars were gone.

This made ElizaLou Who HotGoth very sad, indeed.

Just as ElizaLouWho was about to leave, something caught the corner of her eye. Peeking out from under the bed were the Witch's well-worn shoes.
ElizaLouWho HotGoth was pleased and almost felt joy.

There was a wooden tag that read Witch. That made the shoes all the more special to ElizaLouWho.

But, before she could approach the shoes, a little gray mouse popped up from behind the shoes.
What a delightful surprise! She was not afraid of him. Somehow she felt that it could help her.

ElizaLouWho was certain it was a forgotten familiar. The mouse had apparently made it's home inside the shoes.
ElizaLouWho said the mouse could follow her home, but that it couldn't live in the shoes anymore. She wanted them for herself.

The Witch's shoes were wonderful in the eyes of ElizaLouWho. She held them close to her chest and almost smiled.
And even though the shoes were way too big for her feet she still wanted to keep them in remembrance of The Witch.

She rushed home to show her treasures to her parents, but was met with a surprising statement from the GothFather.
He told ElizaLouWho that there was only one way she could keep the shoes.....then he made her an offer she couldn't refuse.....she had to prove that the Witch's shoes would serve a handy purpose in their home, or they'd be thrown away in the morning.

Apparently, the GothFather was tired of all the junk, linens, and leather scraps that ElizaLouWho would drag home from the graveyard, the Salvation Army, and various dumpsters and yardsales from Gothville.

There were too many things in the GothHouse. Items had to now prove their value in order to stay.

ElizaLouWho HotGoth was even more sad now. What was she going to do?
Normally she would have appreciated the added depression, but she REALLY wanted to keep those wicked-cool Witch shoes.
She would have to think of something fast...

That night, before staying up most of the night, writing dark poetry, weeping, cutting, and toying with new eye-lining techniques, ElizaLouWho HotGoth placed the Witch's shoes beside her bed in the same manner in which she found them at the cottage earlier that day.
She finally went to sleep, ultra sad.

Little did she know, another one of the Witch's familiars was still inside the shoes.
It was the Witch's spider, ArachnoGoth.
The Witch's spider heard the GothFather and his new house rule.
ArachnoGoth knew just what to do.

First of all, ArachnoGoth spun some Homespun black and orange checked fabric across the shoe openings, and turned them into handy pincushions. That would make the shoes more functional.
The shoes were made of muslin, stuffed, painted black, waxed, and aged. And the wax gives them the look of old leather.
They were beautiful.

ArachnoGoth decided to also attach a small stack of black buttons to the shoes, as well as a distressed wooden needle case.
Then she strung some tiny old wooden spools together and attached them to the back of one shoe.

Then ArachnoGoth found some little black glass beads and stitched them in place down the front of the shoes. Next, the spider laced wire through the beads.
The mouse merely watched.

Other little things were added to the shoes...a tiny 'real bone' skull, assorted pins, a rusted needle, rusted safety pins, and a rusted key.
By the time dawn arrived the shoes finally looked their best.

And as a final touch, ArachnoGoth bound the two shoes together with more wire and then she and the mouse bid their silent farewells and left.
Their work here was done.

At 12 inches long and 6 inches tall, they were the most beautiful and functional wicked-cool pincushions in the house.
ElizaLouWho HotGoth could display her beautiful hat pins in the cushions, special belly button rings, straight pins, or her awesome collection of acupuncture needles.

Of course, at the moment, she was content to have her rusty safety pins and old buttons.
By the time ElizaLouWho HotGoth woke up, the Witch shoes were sitting next to her bed, just as she left them, only they had been completely transformed.

One day I'll have to tell you about the terrible scissor accident when the evil GothMother tried to take the Witch shoes pincushions for herself. It got nasty.

Anyway, all is well in Gothville now. ElizaLouWho HotGoth spends her time being almost happy.

Copyright August 28, 2007, September 6, 2010 Catt Alexander


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