#WIP Wednesday #AppalachianElementals 2/20/2019 Utilitarian Magic

Welcome to Writing Wednesday!

This week I’m picking up where we left off in Chapter Two of Keeping House.  Cent’s getting to ready to leave, and the family’s gathering to say their goodbyes. Betty’s covering Cent’s nails in sigils as well. Oh, and this week you’ll get more of what makes Mama (Cent’s mother) who she is.



But first, an apology to my fellow hoppers. I was running late in my replies and when I went to get them, the links were gone.  I’ll try to backtrack through your blogs this week and play catch up.  #brainfog

Note: the sentence in orange comes from last week’s post.

     “More like what I can’t use it for.” Mama folded her arms across her chest. “Cent gets to use her magic all the time, and she’s just quarter blood.”

     “You’re behavin’ like a child.” Ivan gently admonished. “Tess said she’d work with you while Cent’s away, remember?”

     Aunt Tess is going to teach Mama how to use her magic? Cent gritted her teeth at the idea. Mama was as stable as schizophrenic half-magic could be, but that didn’t mean she should be using her abilities.

     “I know.” Mama’s frown softened. “Tess is only teachin’ me garden and kitchen spells, but I guess it’s somethin’.”

     “Something good,” said Cent. “Those types of spells are important for house witchery.” Aunt Tess’ aging Border Collie, Jack, trotted to Cent’s side to place his head in her lap. “You gonna miss me, old man?” She rubbed his head with the heal of her palm.

     Jack licked her hand and wagged his tail in a decided yes.

Yes, garden and kitchen spells are a good place to start, but with Mama’s power, a dash of herbs, the right words, and nebulous intentions might summon something nasty. Let’s  hope that doesn’t happen while Cent’s dealing with Dane and the Hunters.



  1. Why do I suspect that that’s exactly what might happen while Cent’s away? Or that it’s at least not going to be entirely straightforward?


    • Nothing about what’s about to happen in Cent’s life is going to be straightforward, bless her. I should feel like a rat for putting her through all I do, but I really don’t. She’s up to the challenge(s). She just doesn’t know it yet.


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