Black Magic

Posted: September 9, 2020 in Friday Fictioneers
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Lacy’s shop is packed with found objects. Townpeople claim magic hides within them. Some say good, others whisper wicked.
Mamma says, “Nope, you ain’t goin’ in!” Today I disobey. The bell above the door jingle-jangles. Lacy shoots me the stink-eye. Don’t care. Her store smells like magic: dried rosemary, old books, mouse droppings. I rattle a bowl of colored shells, rub the forehead of a human skull. Lacy raises an eyebrow. I shuffle on.
When Mamma finds me, she shakes me hard. Twirls me towards a mirror. My eyes are purple cowry shells and my curly blonde hair has vanished.

  1. neilmacdon says:

    I can just here Mamma shouting “What you done with your eyes, child?”

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  2. And, if she’s anything like my mom, a whole lot more.


  3. pennygadd51 says:

    Wow. Purple cowrie shells for eyes. Result!
    A fun story with a tendency to horror – nicely done, Lish

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  4. trishsplace says:

    Nice little horror piece.

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  5. plaridel says:

    what can you say? kids will be kids. 🙂

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  6. OMG! Does she EVER sell anything at this rate? Nice horror story, Lish!

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  7. Iain Kelly says:

    Magically terrifying!

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  8. Dear Lish,

    Eew. Sensory story, mouse droppings and all. Hopefully the effects can be undone.



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  9. trentpmcd says:

    That’ll teach you to disobey Mom!

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  10. Bill says:

    From “Mama Told Me Not to Come”, written by American singer-songwriter Randy Newman…

    “Mama told me not to come
    Mama told me not to come
    That ain’t the way to have fun”

    Very good story. Loved it.

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  11. Dora says:

    And those are shells that were her eyes …. Oh wow! I think the poor girl learned what Lacy’s magic was all about the hard way.

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  12. Peculiar and sinister love it

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  13. granonine says:

    Always listen to mamma!

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  14. Dale says:

    Nothing more enticing than defying mama’s orders…. love the descriptions. I could just smell and feel the place. And am not that inclined to enter, myself 😉

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  15. draliman says:

    I had a feeling with all the rattling and rubbing something unexpected was going to happen 🙂

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  16. Hopefully, when Mamma drags her out she’ll revert to her former self. Chillingly descriptive!

    Here’s mine!

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  17. James McEwan says:

    Lacy put a spell on her things. I like how the disobedience is rewarded with an evil magical spellbound punishment. Who would want to visit that shop?

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  18. Sue says:

    Oh my! Spooky, and I loved it!


  19. msjadeli says:

    Powerful juju! It works if you believe in it, and she’s been conditioned to believe in it. Hopefully the curl will grow back.

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  20. Oh dear, mama did know best. Love this horror story nicely woven.

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  21. Sandra says:

    I hope the blonde curls were replaced by something else. Going bald seems like a tough punishment for rattling a few shells. Lovely piece.

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  22. Nobbinmaug says:

    “Her store smells like magic: dried rosemary, old books, mouse droppings.” My garage must be the most magical place in the world.

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  23. Not your regular place to go for beauty products… sounds like a bad choice

    Ceaseless rosemary … google that.


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