Speed Writing #13 – Summer Vacation in Terra Norma

Laura was sitting in the mid-level branches of the oak tree when she heard the garden gate creak open.  From her vantage point she could see Aster’s entire garden, a formal European design in extremely rural Minnesota.  She recognized the blond-haired teen walking along the path, cobblestones that had been placed with liberal use of magic when Laura had been away two summers ago.  She placed a marker in her book and considered calling to Jason, but decided to see how long it took him to find her.

He started by knocking at the back door.  Aster answered fairly quickly, and Laura briefly wondered if he’d come to see her.  Though her grandma had lost the ability to do magic, she’d been highly trained and could still serve as a valuable resource.  Aster waved her arms around a bit, as if indicating the garden, but Laura couldn’t hear her voice.  They had a brief conversation, then Aster went back to the kitchen and Jason turned away from the door and looked around.  

After a moment, in which she was sure he was considering all the options, he walked the path to the bench nestled in a thick patch of lily-of-the valley, right beneath the oak tree.  He took a seat, then looked up and smiled.  “Hello, Laura.”

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Accidental Magic – Sneaking Off – Part 2

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The cabin had been quiet for a long time.  Laura pulled on the dark clothes she’d stuffed under her pillow before going to bed.  She pushed aside her blankets and slipped off her bunk.  She crouched there, her bare feet sticking to the floor and her shoulder level with her mattress, and listened.  Over the pounding of her heart, she could hear the three younger girls breathing, but that was all.  She reached under the bed for her shoes and socks, but carried them as she took baby steps toward the door.

She made it to the hallway without bumping into anything.  She took a slow breath and tried to relax.  She’d never woken anyone up while going to the bathroom.  Why was she worried about it now?  And why did everything seem so loud?  She crept to the couch.  Kaveh looked like he was asleep, and she was half tempted to go back to bed and forget about the whole thing.  She could say she’d fallen asleep. But then he would think she was a wimp.  Besides, how else would she find out what happened at magic camp?  As she reached for his shoulder, he rolled over and looked up at her.

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Accidental Magic – Sneaking Off – Part 1

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The gravel crunched under Laura’s feet as she crossed the road to the old logging trail.  Faint shadows of mist clung to the low spots.  The trees were spread out, so there was plenty of light, and the area had been logged out in the past, so there were no enormous trees.  Her passage startled a Broken Window bird, who crashed and clinked at her as it sought a higher branch.  The grass was long and thick, and Laura’s canvas sneakers were quickly soaked.

Before swapping charms yesterday, Laura and Kaveh found a spot in the woods, where they could practice without being seen.  He’d said they should practice magic in preparation for school, but it was such a secret she suspected they weren’t supposed to be doing it by themselves. Instead of deterring her, it made their trade more exciting.

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