Never Annoy a Witch
On Monday, Tina trips over her own feet and spills her herbal tea. She’s often clumsy so she doesn’t think much about it.
On Wednesday, Tina gets a flat tyre on her bicycle and has to push it the rest of the way, making her late for work – her boss is not understanding.
On Friday, Tina cycles through what looked like a small puddle but proves to be hiding a pothole almost deep enough to unseat her as she’s thrown off-balance, and soaks her jeans.
On the following Tuesday, Tina almost has a panic attack when she looks up from her phone and sees a harmless, if large, house spider on her knee. The phone and the spider both go flying as Tina jumps to her feet. The spider scuttles off unharmed. The phone screen gets a small crack.
A week later Tina refuses to walk down the pet food aisle because they have reptile supplies, including a bag with a picture of a spider on it. Her boyfriend, who needs to buy cat food, says she’s over-reacting and to be honest he’s getting sick of it.
In fact a few days later they have a huge row and he tells Tina she should just “pull herself together” and to not call him again until she has.
When someone leaves a nasty comment on the watercolours she sells, saying it is “unrealistic and morbid” Tina is hurt.
Tina’s miserable and wondering why this is happening.
Morgan knows why Tina’s having such terrible luck.
Morgan and Tina were close once.
Until Tina criticised Morgan’s pencil sketches as not commercial enough and too angst-ridden for anyone to like.
Until Tina told Morgan to shut up about Morgan’s brother being sick, and stop moping about it. That Morgan should “get over it” and stop being so depressing and that Tina was done with them and their awful art.
Never mind that the sketches spoke to those wounded too. That they let Morgan express their pain. That while Morgan could not just “get over it” the sketches were a way to cope.
Morgan raged and wept and could not even pick up a pencil for weeks, cut deep by Tina’s betrayal. Morgan was shocked by the hypocrisy, for darkness exists in Tina’s paintings – the memorial of the drowning victim, the woman crouched in fear as a spider lurked nearby – and that Tina’s no shining example of mental health.
When Morgan did pick up a pencil it was to create something to express the sorrow.
And when that was done, and the moon was waxing, Morgan created a ritual to banish the pain and to raise a shield to bring protection and peace where there was anger and hurt.
Morgan summoned up every bit of pain and sent it out to be reflected back to Tina, where it belonged.
Art can be a mirror.
Magic can be too.
Morgan is a witch.
And you should never piss off a witch.
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(And, by the way, I’m no Wiccan and don’t subscribe to the Rule of Three.)