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The Witching Hour XIII
Cowgirl Nymph
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.”

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Oh, yes. Abel is a very practical wizard.

Practical about some things, at least?

About magic, certainly.

He does seem to be missing the point of permanent, solid, physical shelter and secure storage space. Unless he's really pushing the point about not being owned by your possessions,...or something.

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

This rather reminds me of Steven Brust's Vlad Taltos series: "No matter how subtle the wizard, a knife between the shoulder blades will seriously cramp his style." But far more straightforward.

I haven't read the series but yes - sudden pain is not conducive to continuing to cast a spell and ongoing pain/serious blunt damage can disadvantage many if not most. :)

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