John was a true talent, but he lacked the same identifying characteristics of those of his special trade.  He didn’t argue.  He didn’t question authority.  He didn’t question everything.  Additionally, he lacked the crystal clear blue eyes and pitch black hair that marked most elite magicians.  It wasn’t until much later that the School of Sorcery at Santros realized they had a very large crack in their screening process.  They fretted about it.  They worried over it.  They pondered how many others like John they had missed.

By then, however, it was too late.

John had honed his magic on his own, without the assistance and guiding hand of the school, and had delved into areas of sorcery that had been banned for time out of mind.  No one left living knew how to combat the sorcery he was capable of.  No one left living was even aware that the dark magic John was capable of existed.  By the time he had finished dismantling the School of Sorcery at Santros brick by brick, there weren’t too many magicians left living at all.

His fury was palpable.  His knowledge and sorcery were untouchable.  His revenge was complete.

Or, rather, it would be complete once he had built a new school on top of the ashes of the old one.  His school would welcome all who were interested.  At his school, all forms of magic would be taught and revered.


Word Count: 238

This is my response to this week’s Trifecta Writing Challenge:

1a : a loud roll or peal <a crack of thunder>
b : a sudden sharp noise <the crack of rifle fire>
2: a sharp witty remark : quip
3a : a narrow break : fissure <a crack in the ice>  
b : a narrow opening <leave the door open a crack><cracks between floorboards> —used figuratively in phrases like fall through the cracks to describe one that has been improperly or inadvertently ignored or left out <a player who fell through the cracks in the college draft> <children slipping through the cracks of available youth services>
4a : a weakness or flaw caused by decay, age, or deficiency :unsoundness
b : a broken tone of the voice
c : crackpot
5: moment, instant <the crack of dawn>

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  • You must use the 3rd definition of the given word in your post.
  • The word itself needs to be included in your response.
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32 thoughts on “institution

  1. Ha! Good for him! I like that all of his destruction was for the greater good of creating a new and improved magical school. Love when bad guys have this kind of spin to them.

    • Me too. When you can’t really tell who is “good” and who is “bad,” or when the roles are reversed halfway through – challenging your perceptions as the reader. 😉 Thanks for commenting!

  2. Definitely wouldn’t want to be getting on the wrong side of the vengeful, bloodthirsty John. Except…we don’t really know, do we? Maybe he did his world a favour by smiting the other magicians. Intriguing!

    • “Same” isn’t necessary to convey the message in that first sentence, but was written in the conversational style I’ve been experimenting with recently. Glad it didn’t throw you for too much of a loop. Thanks for reading and commenting. Yes, I’m toying with the idea of expanding this into a novel… just have to wait and see.

  3. Take that, staid institutions! I thought it was funny that they even had a look as a requirement, and I say good for John for smashing the establishment. Of course, all magic includes the darker sides so who knows what may be unleashed…

    • Untold horrors and untold wonders… and it will be up to those magicians who are left to sort it all out. “The look” – have you seen the movie MoneyBall (I think that’s what it was called) – I was picturing all those old men sitting around the table examining the potential students (players) and saying, “Nope, he doesn’t look like a magician.”

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