November 8th, 2015

Cowgirl Nymph

The Witching Hour X

This follows on from The Witching Hour I to IX and I blame it on Thimbleful Thursday's prompt "The Witching Hour."


His parents had hoped that their son would be a creative polymath, hence the name they’d chosen for him, but who they’d gotten had been Ustinov. He liked words for their precise meanings, but he was a clerk with no ambitions to be otherwise. He craved affection but ate instead of seeking it out, and his main social outlet was his model railway club.

His parents despaired of him.

Perhaps they shouldn’t have, because as Bodram dangled power and glory in front of his nose, Ustinov delicately filled in the details on the model railway station he was making for the hospital’s children’s ward. In it, Bodram was a porter.





Cowgirl Nymph

The Witching Hour XI

This follows on from The Witching Hour I to X and it's all the fault of Thimbleful Thursday's prompt "The Witching Hour."

Walter was a librarian with an interest in calligraphy, and he’d been subject to this sort of attention before. The first time, before he’d discovered how to make them go away, had been frightening. Now it was annoying more than anything else.

He’d rather have been reading a good book or catching up on his sleep, although this harasser was not Walter’s choice for the directed dreaming he’d used on the female warlock who’d last annoyed him, but instead he was writing a letter of rejection.

All reasonably standard, until it was delivered by homing, self-unwrapping, and recipient-sticky paper airplane.

Cowgirl Nymph

The Witching Hour XII

Following on from Witching Hour I to XI, this all came out of the Thimbleful THursday prompt "The Witching Hour.";


The wards that woke Yvonne were meant for rabbits eating her garden, or for cats using the garden beds as a public litter tray. They were not designed for strange men who stood as close to the house as public land would let them, then chanted stuff and nonsense at her.

He wasn’t actually on her property and he wasn’t doing anything that would alarm or harm a passer-by, so Yvonne double-checked that house was locked up and that her protections were holding, then went back to bed. Morning would be time enough to see how she could tweak the garden wards to account for the likes of him.

Cowgirl Nymph

The Witching Hour XIII

Following on from Witching Hour I to XII, this all came out of the Thimbleful Tursday prompt "The Witching Hour."

Bodram couldn’t find the last potential coven member on his list. The homeless man was supposed to be here somewhere and time was running out. He’d just started his finding spell when the staff caught him under the ribs.

“Looking for me?” Abel was lean, pale-haired, stank and carried a big stick.

“We can help you.”

“Do what? I eat, sleep and avoid all you lot because I’m a sensible wizard.”

“You’re a wizard?” Bodram laughed.

“I got an owl,” there was a nearby double hoot, “and a staff. ‘Course I am.”

“An unenchanted staff? What good’s that?”

“I hit you with it, you don’t cast spells at me.”

Cowgirl Nymph

The Witching Hour XIV

Following on from Witching Hour I to XIII, this all came out of the Thimbleful Tursday prompt "The Witching Hour."

Bodram was nursing his ribs and pride on a bench in the park.

“Now the Witching Hour’s over for another month, truce?” The newcomer was from the other power block in town. Her silver hair and gamin face said ‘storybook fairy.’

“All right.” He was reduced to grunting.

“We tried to unite them as subordinates for us a few years ago,” she said conversationally. “Third time wasn’t the charm, so we consulted a Seer.”

“And?”

“Turned out their unity wouldn’t have been in our best interests. It might not be in yours either,” she added.

“So we should see a Seer?”

“Of your choice,” she agreed. “Just in case.”

Cowgirl Nymph

Landing Page: The Unformed Coven

This began with the Thimbleful Tursday prompt "The Witching Hour."

The initial thirteen vignettes introduce to a group of people who 'should' be organised into a coven, and someone wh's trying to do just that.  His problem is that none of thirteen got the script.  So far in this series we have:

The Witching Hour I;


The Witching Hour II;

The Witching Hour III;

The Witching Hour IV;

The Witching Hour V;

The Witching Hour VI;

The Witching Hour VII;

The Witching Hour VIII;

The Witching Hour IX;

The Witching Hour X;

The Witching Hour XI;

The Witching Hour XII;

The Witching Hour XIII; and

The Witching Hour XIV.