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    The Spook’s Battle – Joseph Delaney

    “The witch was chasing me through the dark wood, getting nearer and nearer by the second.  I ran fast, frantic to escape, weaving desperately, with branches whipping into my face and brambles clutching at my weary legs. The breath rasped harshly in my throat as I drove myself harder and harder towards the edge of the wood. Beyond that lay the slope leading up to the Spook’s western garden. If only I could reach that refuge, I’d be safe!” It is close to a year since Tom became the Spook’s Apprentice. Now that he has mastered the art of defence against boggarts, its on to witches, and there has been…