The spell looked simple enough. He knew how to pronounce all the words of the incantation. And the few material components required were things he had with him. The only question was whether he could control the results. Never before had he attempted such a high level spell, but he had to try.
“Kevin! What are you doing?”
Startled, he tried to shove the book under his pillow, but it was already too late. His mother walked over and grabbed it from him.
“Is this one of those D&D books?”
“I told you I didn’t want you playing this game. The pastor says it’s an introduction to Satan worship.”
“No buts, young man. This discussion is over.”
“But mom, the book is John’s. I have to give it back to him.”
“Does John’s mom know about this?”
Kevin shrugged. John’s mom didn’t care about this stuff, but he knew that wouldn’t mean anything to his own mom.
“Well, I think I will give her a call.”
The conversation went about how he expected. The pastor had said it was satanic, and that was the final word. But his mom did agree to return the book, though she insisted it was a mistake.
* * *
Kevin gave John his book back the next day at school. During lunch, they talked about it.
“I can’t believe your mom called.”
“I know. She always does this sort of thing to embarrass me.”
“My mom laughed when she hung up.”
“Yeah.” Kevin wished the whole thing would just go away.
“So you want to come over tonight? Matt wants to finish the adventure. He even agreed to let us try the spell.”
“I’m not sure I can. My mom was really unhappy last night. Said she wasn’t sure she wanted me hanging out with you. That you were a bad influence.”
“Well that sucks.”
“Tell me about it.”
“We’re almost done. We’ve got to get this guy. Your spell is going to work, I just know it. We can’t stop now.”
“I know, but my mom…”
“Can you sneak out?”
“I don’t know…”
“How about telling her you’re going to Jason’s house to study?”
“My mom will never believe that.” John’s face fell in defeat. “But I’ll come up with something. I”ll be there.”
His friend perked up again. “Awesome!”
Kevin started trying to figure out how he was going to keep his promise.
* * *
It turned out, he didn’t need to come up with any ideas. His mom was going to an event at church, so he just left after she did. Matt and Jason were already at John’s house, gathered around the card table in the basement.
“Okay, Kevin is here. We can start.” John was obviously eager.
“Shouldn’t we wait for Rob?” Kevin asked.
John shook his head. “He said he couldn’t make it tonight.”
Matt spoke up. “Don’t worry about his character. I’ll run it. Just let me know if you want him to do something. Now, last time the Necromancer had just summoned his bone dragon.”
“I want to teleport it outside of the castle.” Kevin smiled as he said it.
Jason frowned. “That’s not how the teleport spell works. You have to touch it, and you teleport with it.”
John scowled at Jason. “That’s why he made it a higher level spell. Matt already said he could try it.”
“Well, I still think it’s cheating.”
“It won’t matter if the dragon makes its saving throw,” said Matt, as he picked up a die and rolled. A one.
Kevin and John cheered as Jason sat looking unhappy. Matt seemed to be having trouble believing it himself, but he turned to Kevin. “Okay, roll for the destination. I’d say you have seen the outside of the castle casually. You didn’t really take time to study it carefully.”
Kevin nodded and picked up two ten-sided dice. When they hit the table, both dice came up with zeroes on them. Then a blinding flash of light blotted out the world.
* * *
When Kevin came to, he was in a large, dimly lit room. At one end was a large set of doors; at the other was a dais with a throne on it. He was in the middle of the room, with both John and Jason stirring nearby.
“Where are we?”
Matt’s voice seemed to come from nowhere. “You guys really don’t pay attention, do you? This is the Necromancer’s castle. It’s just like how I described it to you.”