Eddie followed Levi inside the cabin. Scattered around the room were an array of peculiar items. Mysterious symbols, bizarre paintings. An eerie silence hung in the air, broken only by the sound of Levi’s footsteps as he creaked along the wooden floor.
As Eddie perched on the edge of a dilapidated wooden chair, a strange object glistened on the table in front of him. It was a small, ancient-looking necklace with a glowing stone and markings etched into the surface.
Without warning, Levi snatched the necklace from the table. He held it close to his eyes, examining it.
“Do you know what this is, Eddie?” Levi asked, his eyes fixed on the jewel.
Eddie shook his head, feeling uneasy. “No, sir.”
“Boy, this here is an amulet… a key to unlocking unimaginable power.” Levi’s lips curled into a sly grin. “The power to control the forces of nature, to bend the world to your will.”
“What do you mean? How is that possible?”
Levi leaned in closer, his voice low and conspiratorial. “There are ancient forces in this world, Eddie. Forces that most people are unaware of. But I have spent my life studying them, learning their secrets. And with this amulet, I have the power to control them.”
Eddie’s mind raced as he tried to comprehend what Levi was saying. Was this man really capable of such things? And if so, what did that mean for the town of Oak Hill?
As if reading his thoughts, Levi spoke up again. “I see questions burnin’ in your blue eyes, Mr. Mayor. Yer wondering what all of this means. What it means for your little town down in the valley.”
Eddie nodded, his heart pounding. “Yes, I am. What does it mean?”
Levi’s grin widened. “It means that I hold the power, Eddie. The power to do anything I desire. And soon, the people of Oak Hill will come to realize that.”
Eddie’s fists clenched. “We’re good people, you know. Families. Hard-working. My kids live down there in that Valley, Mr. Blackwood. I won’t let you use some devil spells to harm my town or anyone in it. By God, I’ll stop you. Whatever it takes.”
Levi chuckled darkly. “Oh, sonny boy. You got no idea what you’re up against. But if you’re feeling brave, I have a proposition for ye.”