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MFTS – Accept No Substitutions!

Here is my little story for Barbara Beacham’s Mondays Finish the Story. The supplied sentence is in bold in my story. To read this week’s other contributions, click on the little blue froggy!

Copyright Barbara Beacham

Copyright Barbara W. Beacham

 

From her small balcony, the witch watched the world go by.

She had no choice, actually. And the world went by really really fast. In fact, mostly it was just a blur. She could make out details, sometimes. When she’d cast the spell, people had clippity-clopped by on horses. Now they shot past in horse-less chariots!

It was that “time in a bottle” spell. Maybe she shouldn’t have substituted grapes for eye of newt? But eye of newt was awfully expensive, and grapes looked, well, roughly similar. She didn’t think the Goddess would notice, She was always so busy. And now the witch was the one trapped in time, her house the bottle.

Today, at last, the reversal spell was ready! She raised her hands, chanted… and with a thunderclap four hundred years caught up with her all at once.

It was weeks before someone found the little pile of dust where the witch used to be. Evidently, substituting cheap cotton for expensive silk in the “protection” element of the reversal spell was a no-no.

 

  1. NotAPunkRocker
    September 14, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    Thrifty witch. Sometimes you get what you pay for :/

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    • September 14, 2015 at 7:51 pm

      I was toying with the title “Tight-arsed Witch”. But I’m not sure “tight-arse” works in the US 🙂

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      • September 14, 2015 at 8:17 pm

        “Tight-arse” totally works in the US. 🙂

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      • September 16, 2015 at 11:39 am

        I’m glad 🙂

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  2. September 14, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    Sounds like me!! Great one!

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  3. September 14, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    That’s great!

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    • September 14, 2015 at 7:59 pm

      Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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  4. September 14, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    Geeze, she was too darn cheap to make her own spell work right. LOL! That’ll show that tightwad!

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  5. September 14, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    Yes, we witches must be careful. 🙂

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    • September 16, 2015 at 11:40 am

      Heh heh and yeeks!
      I’m sure you use only the best ingredients 🙂

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  6. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover
    September 14, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    Some people and witches never learn. Nice read.

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    • September 16, 2015 at 11:40 am

      For sure. It’s always “it’ll be okay next time”. Glad you liked it!

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  7. September 14, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    I did have to chuckle when I read this

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  8. Lyn
    September 14, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    That gave me a laugh-out-loud treat with my breakfast. Thanks D-man 😀

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  9. September 14, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    Loved this one… The narrative kept me engrossed. Very entertaining 😀

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  10. Francesca Smith
    September 14, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    I guess, sometimes one must learnt he hard way…even if that means sending oneself into a time warp. Very amusing story!

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    • September 16, 2015 at 11:44 am

      Shame she didn’t learn from that mistake while trying to reverse it!

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  11. September 15, 2015 at 1:11 am

    Dude, I always love it when one of your story appears in my reader. They always make me laugh, this included. 😀

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    • September 16, 2015 at 11:45 am

      Cool, I’m glad you enjoy my stories! Though the FF I have planned for today will not be a comedy 🙂

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  12. September 15, 2015 at 2:10 am

    This is why those fancy spells have all of those silly legal disclaimers… because some witch out there will be stupid enough to use them incorrectly.

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    • September 16, 2015 at 11:47 am

      In this case of course neither she nor her relatives are around to sue 🙂

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  13. September 15, 2015 at 2:42 am

    Fun story! Sometimes being cheap can end up far more expensive!

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    • September 16, 2015 at 11:48 am

      It certainly can. I sometimes try a cheaper substitute just to see, but this wasn’t a good area for experimentation 🙂

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  14. Lata Sunil
    September 15, 2015 at 4:44 am

    Tut tut.. experiments with own self is a strict no.no. Good story.

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  15. September 15, 2015 at 8:20 am

    You still have it, Draliman..MOL… Great story! Thank you for supporting us on our moving bloggie. That really meant a lot to us 🙂 Extra Pawkisses…*clippity clopped by on broom* 🙂 ❤

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    • September 16, 2015 at 11:50 am

      I’m glad you liked my story! I hope you’re all moved in now.
      I’d love to see a selfie of you clippity-clopping by on a broom 🙂

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  16. September 15, 2015 at 8:46 am

    Funny stuff, Ali. Apparently, you “do” get what you pay for. 😀 — Suzanne

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    • September 16, 2015 at 11:50 am

      And this is certainly one area where it pays to get the specified items!

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  17. September 15, 2015 at 10:30 am

    This was fun! hehehe!

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  18. September 15, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    I always tell people — follow the recipe!! Just follow it 🙂

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    • September 16, 2015 at 11:51 am

      Yeah, in this case it’s not like it’s just going to taste a bit salty or something if it all goes wrong.

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  19. September 15, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    Oh dear those recipe substitutes will get you every time. Like using salt instead of sugar, baking powder instead of baking soda, so inedible! LOL Another good one!

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    • September 16, 2015 at 11:52 am

      If this is how she treats something as life-threatening as her spells it’s probably best not to go round to hers for dinner 🙂

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  20. September 15, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    A very amusing story, Ali. 🙂 Hopefully her folly became a warning to all other witches!

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  21. September 15, 2015 at 11:06 pm

    I totally get it. I have had similar experiences when using acrylic instead of wool and visa versa. Baa! 😀

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    • September 16, 2015 at 11:54 am

      The cheaper alternative doesn’t always turn out to be a good idea.

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  22. September 16, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    Masterly stroke Ali…. didn’t see that one coming! Fairy story and modern cautionary tale…. wonderful!

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    • September 16, 2015 at 6:52 pm

      It was a two for one this week! I’m glad you liked it 🙂

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  23. September 16, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    What a good chuckle Ali! This was a fun story! One question though: What was the identifying factor that the dust was this witch and not another? Inquiring minds want to know!! 🙂 Thank you for participating in the Mondays Finish the Story challenge. Be well… ^..^

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    • September 16, 2015 at 6:54 pm

      I’m thinking some kids broke in and just found a pile of dust. Only we know what it used to be 🙂 Ageing 400 years in under a second can be hard on the body 😦

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  24. September 16, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    There’s nothing like the real thing! Thanks for the chuckle.
    My MftS tale is Willamena’s wish

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    • September 16, 2015 at 6:55 pm

      She definitely should have invested in some quality spell-crafting components 🙂

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  25. September 19, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    Great work Ali ~ A whole new meaning of ashes to ashes ~ Save the cash and crash to ash!

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  26. September 21, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    “But eye of newt was awfully expensive, and grapes looked, well, roughly similar. ” One must not be thrifty when practices “The Arts”…. Lesson learned!

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    • September 22, 2015 at 6:55 am

      It’s never a good idea to muck about with spell ingredients 🙂

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