Sign #writephoto

Image: Sue Vincent

Belladonna Shadowbend climbed the creaky stairs of her dead aunt’s ancient Victorian home. Gossamer cobwebs draped the corners like grayed wedding veils. The eyeballs in the portraits tracked her progress, and a transparent child hissed from the next landing. Belladonna rolled her eyes and blew out a sigh. Honestly, so cliched.

Witchcraft had become so trendy among modern teenagers that Belladonna considered it passé. Gone were the glorious days when witches drowned tied to chairs or sizzled at the stake.

Was she feeling sorry for herself? Probably. Her dreams of building an online clearinghouse for magical accessories had shattered. She’d believed people wanted quality over crap and would pay for it, but Amazon was a start-up’s nightmare. Cheap magic wands, love potions, and cursed amulets were as popular as iphones. Everyone owned at least one, and the local bodegas sold them beside the tabloids and gum.

Her options were limited. No one was making any money in fortune telling, casting hexes, or selling souls. The white witches complained about global warming and saving the bees, but few listened to them. They needed a little help from the devil if they wanted someone to pay serious attention. She chuckled at the thought. An unexpected visit to hell would do wonders in Washington.

No, selling the old place with it’s slamming doors and undulating curtains would buy her some time while she figured out her next venture.

Another staircase led to the attic, a rat’s nest of iron-strapped trunks, twig brooms, and garment bags stuffed with black capes. Shelves along one wall held dozens of peaked hats. She picked one up, brushed off the brim, and coughed in the cloud of dust. The stuff appeared authentic, but what the heck? How many hats did one old witch need? She half expected a stash of pointy shoes and blurted a laugh when she flipped the lid on a trunk and found them. Cleaning the place out would take a year. Generations of witches in her family and her legacy amounted to a house full of vintage… oh… oh my…

Belladonna smiled. All she needed was a sign.

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Written for Sue Vincent’s magical #writephoto prompt.

 

109 thoughts on “Sign #writephoto

  1. Anneberly says:

    What a great story. The last line was so clever. I also smiled when I read this line. “Belladonna smiled. All she needed was a sign.”

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  2. Clever witch – perfect spot to hang her sign and sell ‘vintage.’ I love Belladonna’s voice. If she lived nearby, I’d stop by and sip some brewed witch’s tea….maybe even buy a broom. xo

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  3. Sue Vincent says:

    I was hoping the story would go on… Mind, I’m inclined to agree about Washinton and Amazon both 😉 Brilliant, Diana.

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  4. This was a good laugh. I can only imagine her trying an online witches store on Amazon. Thanks.

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    • I did some research, Michele, and Amazon has pages and pages of witchcraft accessories! Lol. Belladonna didn’t stand a chance. I think her “authentic” paraphernalia is going to do just fine, though. Thank so much for stopping by to read. ❤

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  5. Teri Polen says:

    Oh, I enjoyed this one, Diana – thanks for the laughs!

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  6. Annika Perry says:

    Diana, you leave us wanting so much more … what sign will Belladonna find? 😀 I love how this started with the traditional mode of witch stories including the poetic ‘Gossamer cobwebs draped the corners like grayed wedding veils’ but switched neatly to the modern world and humour of Amazon even ruining the sale of witchcraft items.

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  7. rijanjks says:

    Oh my goodness, Diana, I wanted this to keep going! What was Belladonna going to find next? Love it!!

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  8. Staci Troilo says:

    Amazon is ruining everyone’s livelihoods. Poor Belladonna.

    Loved this, Diana.

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  9. Great flash, Diana! Great idea Belladonna has; might have to revisit her in a year to see how well her venture is going 🙂

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  10. Great story🍎I’m with Belladonna😉 When things are too easily accessible where’s the fun, the mystery?

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  11. Ah I love this, kind of gave me a Harry Potter vibe 🤗

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  12. I was feeling breathless as Belladonna Shadowbend explored the house, and then cracked up when I read, ‘Belladonna rolled her eyes and blew out a sigh. Honestly, so cliched.’ I should have known this would not be a cookie cutter story written by the likes of you! Oh, how Amazon has impacted so many businesses but not aware of the effect on the small witchcraft store trying to survive. Belladonna is a great example of what can happen with ‘The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up.’ Haha!

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  13. Ahh…let’s get our imagination going! Great piece, Diana!

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  14. memadtwo says:

    The last sentence is perfect.
    A nice smile for the end of my day. (K)

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  15. mylilplace says:

    How I have missed reading your writing, Diana and I am so glad I popped in tonight before I call it a night. A real gift was waiting indeed – a modern story of a witch’s dilemma…I could imagine all the details you shared. I truly love the warm undertone that is always so uniquely yours. How clever of you to include Amazon in the story. More more more…I am always greedy to read your work. Thanks for sharing this, my friend. Have a great start to the week.

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  16. areilly88 says:

    So clever. I could really imagine this! Thank you, Diana 🙂

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  17. Wonderful story – I love how you incorporated all the elements of sign, the witch hat, and everything!

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  18. trentpmcd says:

    Ah, a story that isn’t a wizard’s tavern! (Truthfully, most of the wizard’s tavern stories were good, but…) I was just beginning to feel sorry for her, “what’s a witch to do?”, when I hit the end and had a little chuckle. And I hope she keeps all of those cliches in the shop – the kids will love them 😉

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  19. dgkaye says:

    Oh, now I want to know what happens! Great little tale Diana. And me thinks the devil is already in Washington lol ❤

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  20. A bewitching tale Diana! Although, I was hoping for more magic. 🙂

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  21. jenanita01 says:

    Interesting story, Diana… Left me wanting so much more and beautifully told!

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  22. Steven Baird says:

    Wonderful writing, Diana, and yes, with a very authentic feel.

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  23. Beautiful prose and I couldn’t stop reading!

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  24. Everything passes. What’s a witch to do in a modern world? She has to reinvent herself.

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  25. joylennick says:

    Authentic? I had to shake the dust off my shoulders…And I’m sure I can smell warm, moldy paper and rags…..and is that the scamper of mice I hear? Always a delight, Diana.

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  26. Wow an awesome piece of imaginative writing, Diana and what an apt picture. Great post on a witch.

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  27. I wanted to read more, too…I felt like I was up in that attic exploring through the family heirlooms, wondering how I fit in a world that has gone sideways! Belladonna is a lovely character and yes, I could hear her wry comments clear as a witch’s bell!

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  28. Such an intriguing piece, Diana. Excellent job!

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  29. I wanted to read so much more – will there be, Diana?

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  30. balroop2013 says:

    I like this modern approach to witchcraft yet Belladonna settles for an old priceless sign…fantastic Diana! First paragraph is more of poetry, with some amazing images. 🙂

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  31. I thought this piece was brilliant, Diana. I love how you integrate the modern concepts into your writing.

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  32. Love it! So descriptive!

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  33. Alexander De says:

    The voice is perfect! A blending of reality and fantasy, all filled with teen-aged angst and sarcasm.

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  34. *insert clapping hands* YES!!!! Sometimes a witch’s gotta do what a witch’s gotta do. 😉

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  35. Beautifully written Diana. Intriguing story. I loved reading about all the vintage discoveries of this house.

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  36. Ramyani Bhattacharya says:

    Amazing story and very interesting 😊

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  37. Diana, you always amaze me with your writing, always beautiful, always, intriguing and truly lovely. Sue’s prompt is excellent! ❤

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  38. I love this piece. So charming, so witty, so beautifully written!

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  39. Sadje says:

    Very interesting and authentic feel to the story.

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