Friday, October 26, 2012

Real Magic


Standing within the dimly-lit confines of the curious little shop known as Madame Zirconia’s Magical Potions, Elixirs, Powders & Pills, Cissys’s mouth hung wide open, in abject disbelief, as the wizened proprietor informed her, in no uncertain terms, she had absolutely nothing in her not-inconsiderable stock that could be even remotely considered a love potion. 

“But, I was told you had a libation for absolutely anything imaginable and yet you’re telling me you don’t even have something as simple as a good old-fashioned love potion in all of this claptrap?”

Shaking her grizzled head from side to side, the old woman chuckled softly. “What I said, child, is it’s true I do has me a concoction of one sort or t’other  to do some powerful amazin’ stuff, but just plain ain’t no such of a thing as no fairy-tale lovey potion. See, child, whilst what I mixes up might seem magical to some, what you gots to understand is Love be the strongest kinda REAL magic there is and I just can’t do me no real magic like that!”


This story was written for the weekly Five Sentence Fiction flash fiction prompt: Potions.

8 comments:

  1. Quite a few entries have gone down the love potion track. Yours is the only one to reverse it.
    Cool!
    JzB

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  2. I like this! No potion can create love -- only infatuation. I think that's been the message of most "love potion" stories. And you've said it well here, too! :-) Nice work!

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  3. I really enjoyed this, such lovely detail. A whole story. Well done.

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  4. great tale... love the voice... and the moral.

    Love is the answer: the magic of John Lennon

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  5. That last sentence gave me the warm fuzzies!True love is real magic...lovely story :)

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  6. You do an impeccable job with your dialects, so of course I love Madame Zirconia. A less scrupulous witch would sell a potion to the naive girl and claim it was a love potion, so the willingness to lose business before deceiving a consumer is pretty awesome from a potion vendor.

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  7. You're right - love IS the real magic. Lovely writing.

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  8. Great imagery and I love her speech, so very true!

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