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Regretting the Firing Line

It wasn’t all the busy yesterday, and I was in one of those afternoon funks where I didn’t feel like doing a lot.  It does seem like afternoons are not good for me; most of my writing is done in the morning and evening these days, and the rest of the day is spent for running around and relaxing–or taking deep naps, if you want to look at it that way.

Though, once more, between what I wrote in the morning an what I wrote in the evening, I still managed to add about a thousand and fifty words to the story.  If you consider that I also managed close to a thousand words on my first review–yeah, I know:  shut up.  Just shuttity up, up, up.

Go about your jobs, Cassie.

Back to the Firing Line, where things are not going well . . .


(All excerpts from The Foundation Chronicles, Book Two: B For Bewitching, copyright 2015 by Cassidy Frazee)

There were times early on during his A Levels when Kerry felt worried that he wasn’t getting spells right, or fearful that he was going to screw up something and had a spell go sideways on him. There were even times he considered the possibility that he simply wouldn’t get the spell, and never figure it out.

Today, just over a year after he began understanding how to craft spells, and do magic, he encountered an emotion that he’d yet to experience:



We saw Kerry, early on in the last book, get frustrated with magic–not a lot of times, but it was there.  We saw Annie get flustered once when she couldn’t get a spell.  Both times the other was there to help out, and they got through their moments.

When you’ve been around someone long enough, however, sometimes you forget they have those moments.  Kerry is sort of like, “I don’t remember the last time this happened to me.”  Unfortunately, Annie’s feeling the same way, and she’s also getting a bit flustered by his inability to bleed out his practice torso.  Maybe Annie should try another approach:  “My love, why don’t you just bleed that torso out.  Do it for me?”

But that’s not what happens:


His last attempt produced the same results, causing him to flip his hands into the air. “Ah, screw this.”

Annie wasn’t about to accept his comment as the last word. “It’s all right. Let’s try again—”

He shook his head. “I’ll get the same result.”

“You will if you think that way.” She crossed her arms as she shifted her weight from foot to foot. “Please, try again.”

He stared blankly at the torso. “I’m just gonna do the same thing—”

“I know you know you can do this.”

He half turned and scowled. “I’ve been trying—”

You aren’t trying hard enough.”

Kerry almost recoiled as Annie snapped. She didn’t shout or yell: she didn’t even raise her voice. But her tone let him know that she wasn’t pleased, and that he needed to work harder. Instead he lowered his head and stared at the floor, wondering what he was doing wrong, why he couldn’t get the spell to bend to his will—

Annie was there, along side, with a light touch on his arm and a soft and comforting look upon her face. “I’m sorry, my darling. I shouldn’t have spoke that way.”

He leaned his head towards her and shrugged. “It’s okay, Sweetie.”

“It’s not. I didn’t mean that.”

“Yeah, you did.” Kerry chuckled. “Because it’s true.” He reached across his body to pat her hand. “Can we take a break?”

She tugged on his arm. “Let’s go sit in the viewing gallery.”


You’re always hardest on the one you love, right?  We’ve not seen that with these two, but of the two it seemed likely that Annie might be the one to get a little . . . stern with Kerry.

Perhaps they can talk about it when they walk back to the Pentagram for dinner . . .

"It's okay.  You were right:  I should have been able to bleed out that dummy and kill it--"

“It’s okay. You were right: I should have been able to bleed out that dummy and kill it–“

Ah, young love:  doing spells and killing homunculus together.

It doesn’t get any better.

6 thoughts on “Regretting the Firing Line

  1. Maybe he’s not into Dark Witch thingies. Just lke Annie’s father, his only real interest is flying and racing. Of course, he’s good at other things, too, like Transformation. He isn’t cut out to be a Guardian, methinks. Change your career, Kerry.

      • Annie had already saved his ass in 2 battles, a mock one and the real McCoy. He needs to step up his game or step out. He has to be honest to Annie and tell her what the real deal is. Maybe he can join Security with Isis, checking out the computers and security of the school. I think it’s more like right up his alley. That’s where he’ll excel and that’s where he should concentrate. I think Annie is the only one who’ll be at Helena’s level in the future, as far as Sorcery is concerned, and the only one who has the Flying Gift, Not even Helena possesses that gift.

        • And Kerry would be the first to tell you Annie probably IS the next Helena, because he knows she’s that good. Also, give him a little credit the first time she saved his ass: he didn’t know magic as well as her, and he DID help extend it once he figured out what she was saying. But he knows where he messed up the second time, and won’t let it happen again.

          • I know. Kerry is on defense mode, securing the area and protecting the team with barriers or something like that. Defense is as important as offence .

            I think he’s messing up his spells because his heart is not totally in it. Just my opinion. Like I can never be an engineer because my brain is not wired to engineering problems. Transformation magic is purely defense asset. Transformation cannot kill an enemy.

            I can already visualize Annie jumping off, then casting out her killing spells from the air. I’m wishing for Helena and Annie team together in a battle.

          • Um . . . one of the things he’s learning in Advanced Transformations is “Transform (name of transformation) of Other”. As in another person. Remember he changed Erywin’s hair? You better believe transformation magic can be used to hurt or kill someone else. And Jessica would surely give you an argument if she were real. 😉

            It seems like you couldn’t do anything to anyone with it, but once they learn Far Sight/Far Touch, and Kerry knows how to affect transformations on others, it’s just as deadly as sorcery.

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