Monday 17 May 2021

The Week That Was

 by Allison Symes


Jenny knew it wasn’t going to be her week when her mother, Eileen, told her on Monday she was a fairy godmother's daughter and, worse still, proved it.

On Tuesday the magic wand appeared. Jenny had to admit it was beautiful. The silver handle was covered in etched spirals and as a work of art Jenny thought it was splendid. The fact she was expected to use it did not go down well.

On Wednesday Jenny made three internal doors, half of Waitrose, and every Audi and BMW driver who had ever cut her up vanish into thin air. Jenny restored everything except the drivers until the Fairy Queen turned up and insisted Jenny send the drivers home. So Jenny did but the spell wasn't gentle. The pleasure Jenny felt at that was removed by her mother's gloating. Jenny clearly inherited her vindictive streak.

Thursday saw Jenny scouring the local media and reading eyewitness statements from those  caught up in the Great Waitrose Vanishing Act. There were also several disgruntled comments from Audi and BMW drivers.  Jenny saw that as a result. But the wand was still misbehaving and no matter how  she turned the handle something was burnt or vanished and only turning the wand handle the other way restored things. Eileen's comment that the wand was matching Jenny's mood did nothing for that mood. The only positive was it was felt the good people of Waitrose had had a mass hallucination and it was well known few people trusted Audi and BMW drivers so there was no comeback there.

Friday - having checked there were no further awkward to explain scorch marks anywhere, Jenny decided to practice with her wand outdoors, knowing her neighbours would be out for hours.

Jenny changed her mind on how good an idea that was when several frightened squirrels had all the branches they sat on removed from underneath them. Jenny stomped off indoors and threw the wand into an old box in disgust only for the box to turn into Lego pieces which fell to the floor and somehow managed to get underneath her bare feet. Eileen turned up in time to give Jenny full marks for inventive swearing. Naturally that generated more!

The plus side on Saturday was Jenny managed to stun her mother with a transformation spell that turned Eileen's roses into dust. Eileen had not used magic on these and it was her turn to show Jenny how she could come up with inventive swearing.

Sunday saw Jenny, in her father's absence, restore her mother's roses, which went so well a third red rose bush appeared on the garage roof. Jenny reluctantly removed it. Eileen's comment Jenny was improving marginally sank the girl's mood. She'd never wanted magic in the first place.

But when Jenny used magic to get home instantaneously, she conceded it had its place. If there was one thing she disliked more than magic, it was traffic jams.


About the author 

Allison Symes, who loves quirky fiction, is published by Chapeltown Books, CafeLit, and Bridge House Publishing.



Her latest flash fiction collection, Tripping The Flash Fantastic, is out in Kindle and paperback.

Her Youtube channel, with book trailers and story videos, is at



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