small but good enough

It was unfortunately true, Bryce wasn’t a very good magician.  He’d taken all the classes, had studied as much as he could, had done well on all the written tests, but he lacked what was needed to turn all that knowledge into practical application.  His professors had been largely disappointed in him, and while they met numerous times over the course of his studies to figure out how to make him more successful, all of their attempts were made in vain, not unlike his spells.

When he tried to cast a fireball, he usually only got a spark.  When he tried to gather clouds and make it rain, his spells would only bring the wispy white clouds rather than the dark thunderheads.  When he tried to use the sleep hex, those he used it against would only get headaches.  No matter how much he studied and how much he practiced he couldn’t get his magic to perform like his fellow pupils.

Bryce’s professors considered kicking him out of school and forbidding him from practicing altogether, but they hoped that eventually something would click inside him and all of his vast expertise in the craft would suddenly translate into skill, so they let him graduate when his studies were complete.  They collectively held their breath has he performed the complex piece of magic that was his right, his gift, upon commencement.  The student before Bryce had placed a charm on an eagle, to soar far and be his wide seeing eyes.

He finished chanting and opened his eyes.  At first nothing seemed to happen, and the professors didn’t know if that meant they should be relieved or not.  Then, just as they had all been ready to call out the next magician’s name, a fine specimen who would have no problem casting the spell, a small black spider crawled up Bryce’s gown and came to a rest on his shoulder.

The spell had worked, Bryce had his animal servant, and his schooling was complete.


Word Count: 333

Who would have guess that I would come up with another silly and magic related response to this week’s Trifecta Writing Challenge:

CHARM (verb)1a : to affect by or as if by magic : compel
b : to please, soothe, or delight by compelling attraction<charms customers with his suave manner>
2: to endow with or as if with supernatural powers by means of charms; also : to protect by or as if by spells, charms, or supernatural influences
3: to control (an animal) typically by charms (as the playing of music) <charm a snake>

    • Your response must be between 33 and 333 words.
    • You must use the 3rd definition of the given word in your post.
    • The word itself needs to be included in your response.
    • You may not use a variation of the word; it needs to be exactly as stated above.
    • Only one entry per writer.
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37 thoughts on “small but good enough

  1. well, now I’m a little embarrassed about the time I got all upset when a large wolf spider jumped out from behind my dryer unexpectedly & crawled up my arm onto my shoulder – I didn’t realize I had charmed him (blushing) – hehe

    • Um… well, now that you know you have this talent, there’s no limit to what you and your wolf spider friend can accomplish. Muahahahahaahahahahah.
      Ew! 😛

    • I’m not sure that’s what he wanted… I think it’s all he could manage. Based on how his spells just didn’t quite perform as they were supposed to. I think we should really be worrying about what he actually wanted to only end up with the spider…

      • It’s an amazing book …. though, it is one of those books that you’ll either love (and re-read over and over), or you’ll think it the most boring thing ever.

        P.S. Don’t pay any attention to the publisher blurbs about being “Harry Potter for adults” … that’s so far from the truth.

        If you like Victorian, Dickensian novels, you’ll love this one….

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