Malice Aforethought

“Oh Aunt Millie, I really do appreciate your hospitality, and I genuinely wish I could stay longer with you and Uncle Harry,” Beth said, “but my wanderlust is kicking in and just can’t vanquish that need. Nor do I want to.”

“Well, dear, it’s in your nature,” Aunt Millie said. “I really wish Harry and I could persuade you stay with us, but I trust your judgment. If you think it’s time for you to move on, then, by all means, do so. Although I will say that I’m green with envy. Harry and I always wanted to be able to travel, but now that he’s wheelchair bound, it’s just not possible.”

“You know that if I could, Aunt Millie, I would try to cast some sort of spell to ameliorate Uncle Harry’s disability,” Beth said, “but that’s just not something I have the power to do.”

“I know, sweetheart,” Aunt Millie said, hugging her niece. “You’ve always been a good witch, unlike several of your cousins. That vindictive witch, Beatrice, is the one who laid Harry up. She is very powerful and, unlike you, she uses her powers for malevolent purposes. It’s always the evil ones who have the greatest powers and who use them for malicious ends.”

“I promise to hone my skills while I’m away,” Beth said, “and I will come back someday soon once I have found a means to reverse Beatrice’s curse, so that you and Uncle Harry will be able to travel if that’s what you want to do.”

“I know, dear, that you will do everything you can to help,” Aunt Millie said.FABE4D8B-F769-4B8A-8EEC-39763040E994“But it’s almost midnight and the moon is full, so you’d best get on your broom and fly off.”

“Thank you, Aunt Millie,” Beth said, grabbing the broom’s handle. “Just remember to keep on cackling while I’m away.”

Written for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (longer), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (wanderlust), Ragtag Daily Prompt (vanquish), The Daily Spur (judgment), Jibber Jabber (green), and Your Daily Word Prompt (ameliorate).

5 thoughts on “Malice Aforethought

  1. Sadje August 17, 2020 / 6:58 pm

    I thought it would be a story about people not traveling due to lockdown. Like your witch-y tale.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. leigha66 August 21, 2020 / 12:47 am

    This was a bewitching tale! Beatrice should be ashamed of herself!

    Liked by 1 person

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