4 of 5 stars.
Family is complicated. Small towns that emulate an extended family can also be complicated. Not everyone expresses themselves well nor in a manner compatible with how others would wish to be treated. Nor are peoples’ talents and interests the same throughout the group. But it can also be those same differences that make the relationship or family or small town more interesting.
John’s dad knew quite a few magic spells. None were overly practical, but they could prove entertaining at times. Especially if he wasn’t trying so hard. His dad wasn’t known for expressing himself well or being overly nice. He was also overtly disappointed that each of his children could perform exactly 1 magic spell. One could make flowers grow. One could change the temperature by a few degrees. And one could make a quiet bubble of a few feet diameter.
Others magic families found the same things–the next generation could only master a single random spell. The second generation could do none-of-the-above.
What a beautiful metaphor for the many changes between the generations and the transition from rural America to modern urbanized America . . .
This tale was a quarterly contest winner appearing in Writers of the Future: Volume 33 edited by David Farland.
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