Spellbound (Trifecta Week 65)

We’re discussing the list of my shortcomings; this will last considerably longer than reeling off my attributes, which didn’t take much time to exhaust, and the real purpose of which was to serve as an entrée for this part of the assessment.

When I married a warlock, I imagined that life would be exciting, entertaining, and occasionally precarious.  I didn’t expect to have to match his consuming passion for magic, any more than I’d anticipated having monthly evaluations of my nascent skills.

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We begin with my execrable performance in the field of evanesco skills, as evidenced by the wasps’ nest in the attic and the anthill at the bottom of the garden – all still thriving in situ as we speak.

The people at the next table are patently eavesdropping on our conversation, and he adeptly performs a quick muffliato Their expressions turn to bafflement, then disappointment.  They switch their attention to another couple.

This is what I aspire to… speedy utilitarian spell-casting in a dismissive manner, instead of my modus operandi – lots of preparation, tremulous quivering and false starts, culminating usually in disaster.

Now he turns to address my forbidden use of engorgio which he’d uncovered by dexterous use of prior incantato on my wand.  It’s not clear whether it’s attempting to improve my upper vital statistics that’s annoyed him, or the failure to clean my wand after spelling.

On the other hand, he’s overlooked my expert application of reducio, which is a shame really, as he’s often responded negatively to the perennial ‘does my ass look big in this’ question.  That’s good, I may need this one later – profiteroles are on the menu.

I’m bored now, so I stare at him, and allow my widened eyes to fill with tears.

“Stoppit” he hisses, his stern mouth relaxing into a smile.

“Stop what?”  Eyes even wider, lips pouted.

“Using your enchantment spell again,” he mutters, before grabbing my hand and hustling me back to our apartment.

Job done.


This week’s challenge at Trifecta was to use one word, as follows:

 EXHAUST (transitive verb)
1a : to consume entirely : use up <exhausted our funds in a week>
b : to tire extremely or completely <exhausted by overwork>
c : to deprive of a valuable quality or constituent <exhaust a photographic developer>
2a : to draw off or let out completely
b : to empty by drawing off the contents; specifically : to create a vacuum in
3a : to consider or discuss (a subject) thoroughly or completely  

Please remember:
  • Your response must be between 33 and 333 words.
  • You must use the 3rd definition of the given word in your post.
  • The word itself needs to be included in your response.
  • You may not use a variation of the word; it needs to be exactly as stated above.
  • Only one entry per writer.
  • Trifecta is open to everyone.  Please join us.

About Sandra

I used to cruise the French waterways with my husband four or five months a year, and wrote fiction and poetry. Now I live on the beautiful Dorset coast, enjoying the luxury of being able to have a cat, cultivating an extensive garden and getting involved in the community. I still write fiction, but only when the spirit moves me - which isn't as often as before. I love animals, F1 motor racing, French bread and my husband, though not necessarily in that order.
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39 Responses to Spellbound (Trifecta Week 65)

  1. Bee says:

    Argh! My husband is a much more experienced fiction writer than I am, but if he ever gave me monthly evaluations, I think I’d try some sort of spell of my own! I enjoyed this very much.


    • Sandra says:

      Glad you enjoyed it Bee. It must be nice to be able to fully share you hobby with your husband. My husband doesn’t write, but he reads everything I write and is a good arbiter of what works and what doesn’t.


  2. Your opening graph is priceless. And the profiteroles on the menu. Terrific!


  3. Dawn Lamond says:

    When in doubt, go for the tear-filled pout 😉 Nice!


  4. Lumdog says:

    I think your character underestimates her skills! Nice one.


  5. yerpirate says:

    This is clever psychology! And easy-access too…I found it very innovative..


  6. Annabelle says:

    Ha! Nice twist. And I think we could all probably make good use of those spells here and there…


  7. deanabo says:

    If anyone would try to list my shortcomings it would take awhile… great post.


  8. Linda says:

    What a delightful story! “This is what I aspire to… speedy utilitarian spell-casting in a dismissive manner,” haha! I think that’s what I aspire to as well! 😀


  9. Trifecta says:

    That’s hilarious. Nice job!


  10. Draug419 says:

    Geeking out over the spells. Oh and great post lol (:


  11. kymminbarcelona says:

    lol No matter the walk of life, everyone’s a critic! Fun post. Had me absolutely at the first paragraph!


  12. Brian Benoit says:

    Cool real life use of the spells. I’m actually on a marathon Harry Potter kick right now, revisiting them all, so I got an extra kick out of this. Nice one!


  13. hmmm. to be married to a warlock. I could use a little magic:)


  14. joetwo says:

    I love your take on this! Well done!


  15. steph says:

    So imaginative and so funny. I’m in the mood for some profiteroles. Well done!


  16. “When I married a warlock…”

    I love how casual that line is!


  17. jannatwrites says:

    Hehehe…enchantment spell was a good one. I got a little worried, listing the shortcomings can be dangerous territory but all ended well!


  18. I love how she proves her prowess at the end! Enchanted indeed!


  19. atrm61 says:

    What a fun-filed read Sandra!Women!Even warlocks can’t win,lol!Great spells & she has the best in her kitty-imagine if she used “reducio” on him-he better not upset her;-)Had to look up profitrole-looks yummy:-)


  20. Suzanne says:

    This is great Sandra! So playful and such a great twist on relationships. Thankfully my husband doesn’t feel the need to list my shortcomings – or maybe he just doesn’t have the time! 😉 And now I want a profiterole…


  21. Christine says:

    Loved this! It was right up my alley. The mixing of the magical and the mundane was very well done.


  22. Abraham says:

    I had to look up the various spells so the flow was a bit interrupted for me.


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