There was darkness.
Complete, utter, enveloping darkness.
And then, there was light.
No apparent source, no little lamps standing anywhere, but a slight glow fading in from…everywhere.
And then the source was apparent, for though there was light, nobody could see through the glowing mist that seemed to permeate every available space. There was no exit in sight, because there were no walls, and so there was nothing to exit.
And then suddenly, a golden beam of light flashed down from the sky, drawing all the meandering mist into it with a rush of air. It pulsed slowly with an airy light before, from within this light, emerged a teenager.
He was of average height, spiky brown hair atop his head and sea blue eyes that surveyed the audience with an almost bored expression, and he raised a disappointed eyebrow at the meager gathering before pulling out a glowing purple sphere and dropping it.
It shattered when it hit the ground, as things are wont to do, but not into shards. It shattered into smoke, gathering into a thick cloud that quivered with restrained power. Then it dispersed into nothing, sinking into the ground, to reveal a girl. She was a few inches taller than the boy, with jet black hair and eyes of purest emerald. She gave the audience a dazzling smile.
The boy grinned a bit at her in greeting, then turned back to the audience and announced grandly, "Greetings to thee! I am called Phoenix. You are here today to witness a completely legal and not-at-all morally ambiguous game of Truth or Dare, starring the cast of Hocus Pocus."
Gesturing at the girl, he continued, "Joining me as hostess is none other than May Tanaka.", before dropping his hand and finishing, "Now, without further ado, the players!"
A commanding tune laced with compulsion magic issued from nowhere and everywhere, echoing across the empty plain and whispering its way into the minds of all present. Its soft notes of harp and piano were plucked and flowed forth, and all were entranced by its melody.
A swirling green portal then opened up in the air, behind which chanting could be heard in an arcane language. The words were pure nonsense to any who heard them, but behind the voices there was something…darker. More primal.
The portal slowly lowered to the ground and cleared, revealing three women. Winnifred, Mary, and Sarah Sanderson slowly stepped through their gate and onto the playing field, their eyes glazed and their movements slowed. Magic was clearly at work, both from them and upon them, and once inside they stopped and waited.
They didn't have to wait long, for two minutes later came Max and Dani Dennison, the two siblings also enchanted and entranced. Behind them was Allison, and finally was Billy Butcherson, whose stitches were still embedded in his lips.
As soon as they were all inside, the swirling green portal collapsed into nothing, and the vacant look vanished from everyone's eyes. Dani looked around and gave a little scream, tugging on her brother's sleeve and immediately pointing the Sisters out to him.
His eyes narrowed as he promptly pulled out a container of salt, darting forward quickly to trace a circle around the sisters. Strangely enough, the salt seemed to stick to the mist permeating the air instead of falling to the ground, but it worked all the same. Panicked and groggy from the mind magic still, the Sisters made no move to resist, and they were trapped quite effectively. Billy snickered and gave the teen a thumbs up, which he returned.
Allison gave Max a questioning look as he jogged back towards her and his sister, but Max merely shrugged and asked, "You didn't think I'd go around without protection, did you? This is Salem."
Absently popping the container of salt closed again, he took a look around and added hesitantly, "I think..."
Everyone took this opportunity to get a good look at the mist covered field, for the first time beginning to wonder where they were. Dani put her hand down to touch the ground, but she snatched it back pretty quickly when it went right through. The others stared.
"It's wet." she said shakily, "And whispy, and kinda fluffy, like a…"
She trailed off as her eyes went wide, and with a quick glance around she finished, "Like a cloud."
All the participants froze and grew wide-eyed, slowly looking around to try and locate an edge. When they didn't succeed, they all took a deep breath and plunged their heads through the ground...only to see the lights of Salem far below them. They could see the forest, and the Sister's cottage in the middle.
They pulled their heads up to see Phoenix and May giving them amused looks, the boy with his arms crossed and the girl laughing quietly. Max immediately stormed up to them and demanded in a deadly tone, "Where are we and why are we here?"
Phoenix gave him a lazy smile and took a pocket watch out of his jeans, glancing at it before answering, "We're hovering two thousand feet above Salem, Massachusetts, and you are all here to participate in a giant game of Truth or Dare."
Ignoring the cast's distressed noises and girlish shrieking ("Shut up, Max!"), Phoenix smiled at the audience once more and said simply, "We can't start without thee. Review with your Truths and Dares, please."