A Grown Woman with Magic
I turn 80 today. Birthdays don’t mean much anymore, but I’ve been lucky. I'm the only one of my friends to have lived to this age, the only one of my kind who has acquired eight decades.
I’m a magical girl- or rather, a magical woman.
The nursing home attendant opens my blinds, giggling a ’"good morning". I could tell her about the wars my girlfriends and I fought. I could tell her how I used to be famous for summoning a blizzard of light and rose petals that would send nearly all demons reeling. Judging by her sensational heels, she might have enjoyed our outfits at least.
But I don’t say anything of the sort. No need to be put on an Alzheimer’s pill. My mind- and my magic- are still strong.
Besides, I convinced my daughter that this nursing home was the best fit for me for a reason. It's built on the site where we first battled Abaddon, and the magic from our sealing ritual is wearing thin. I'll protect these people like I did 62 years ago. I may not be beautiful anymore, but the world still needs me.
No prequels yet. Why not write one?
No sequels yet. Why not write one?
Comments (6 so far!)
Average reader rating 5.00/5
There was a challenge on ficly regarding the magical girl trope that I never got around to entering, I had started this piece and wanted to finish it!
- #1004 Posted 6 years ago
I love it! There is hope for her, something to fight to live for. She is not finished. :) We always have old men, sensei for example, but not old women.
- #1007 Posted 6 years ago
Thanks so much, ElshaHawk! That's a very insightful observation. We should celebrate old women as well!
- #1008 Posted 6 years ago
Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg are both old women and very powerful in their own way, but I agree: old warriors are usually blokes.
The question remains, though, what happens when she does die? Are there enough of her kind left to hold back the tide?
I love the concept and I love the execution. Well done.
- #1027 Posted 6 years ago
- #1029 Posted 6 years ago
I love this and the hints at backstory. Would love to read more!
- #1032 Posted 6 years ago
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