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Day 29: Fog
She disappeared whenever it was convenient for her. At first, he had been trying to catch up with her because the two were paired up for a science project. He’d be damned if he ended up doing the work himself. Yet, she was always gone, no matter how closely behind he had been, whenever she left school. It wasn’t until he saw her at the park one evening at dusk. He called her name, determined to talk about their project, but she merely glanced at him. Before he got too close, she vanished like a ghost into the fog.
Day 30: Bright
Her hands grew bright as she threw a force field up between them and the hot rocks and lava the volcano spewed. He noticed the sweat rolling down her forehead and cheeks. She did her best not to waver against nature trying to beat down her force field. He commanded the villagers’ attention, getting them to move farther back from the volcano now destroying their homes. Someone asked why she didn’t just force field the entire village. He didn’t regret clocking the guy for having the gall to ask her to spend even more energy for their ungrateful asses.
Oct. Day 1: Mischief
It was a right of passage to get into mischief as a teenager. Harmless pranks — TP-ing the neighbor’s house, smashing eggs on someone’s doorstep, ringing the bell and hiding — should be expected by the adults of the world. Let the teens have a little bit of fun before they need to worry about things like taxes, he said as he started to clean up the silly string that decorated his bushes. They were all young only once, if they were lucky. He was one who grew up too quickly and he’d be damned if he ruined that for someone else.
Day 2: Broomstick
The broomstick was dancing. She stared, dumbfounded, as the broomstick wiggled its way around the living room. Low jazz came from the old boombox sitting in the cabinet. When she enchanted the broomstick, it must have somehow gained both her love of music and her lack of rhythm. Yet, dancing was not what she enchanted the broom for, despite how much guilt she felt when she turned off the boombox. The broomstick’s bristles drooped as it returned to sweeping the kitchen. She stared at the boombox before bringing it to the kitchen so the broomstick could listen while it worked.
Day 3: Cat
It was the cat’s fault. It yowled like something was wrong and, thanks to Finn’s bleeding heart, Finn followed it into the woods. There was enough daylight streaming through the treetops so Finn wasn’t worried about getting lost. He was too surprised at seeing the quaint cottage to feel anything but. The cat wandered inside, its yowls met by someone asking, “What did you bring today?” A young man, his hair sticking to his forehead from beneath a pointed hat, popped his head out of the cottage. His green eyes stared at Finn, the surprise mutual. Damn Finn’s bleeding heart.
Day 4: Potion
She stared at the bubbling liquid in the vial, hoping that she wouldn’t taste it if she downed it like a shot. Glancing at the old woman who had given it to her, she asked, “You’re sure this works?” She got a slow nod in return, even as the woman’s gnarled hand snatched the money. She awkwardly thanked her before making her way to the end of the beach. Sitting at the edge of water, she drank the potion. With gasps and writhes, her legs stitched together, her feet flattening into fins until she could swim away from the land.
Day 5: Transform
The legends regarding werewolves were all similar. By the light of the full moon, a man would transform into a beast, a monstrous canine slave only to its desires and hunger. The afflicted man would remember nothing of his time as a wolf, save for torn clothing and perhaps the taste of a recent kill in his mouth. No legend ever mentioned about the reverse happening. What did one do with a werewolf pup that transformed into a human toddler? One entertained him, of course, until the full moon disappeared until the next month. Toilet training was a chore, though.