The Halloween party had just started when the doorbell rang. Scarlet answered and found a huge owl standing on her porch. The bird hooted, puffed itself up, and pushed past her into the house.
“Ignacio?” she called to her husband, unsure how to wrangle the bird as it stepped boldly into her front hall. Then she realized that it was wearing a fancy hat, glasses, and high-heeled shoes. “Evelyn? Is that you? What happened?”
The owl flapped her wings and tilted her head in reply. The witch’s curse was inconvenient, but at least she’d win the costume contest this year.

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