Rated PG. Contains ghost cats, precocious girls, and amorous spouse-stealers.
Spell of the Sparrow
by Jim C. Hines
I was in the woods behind our cabin, trying yet again to dissuade my daughter from this wizarding business.
“I _like_ magic,” Mel protested. “And I’m good at it. Remember the spell I made up last week?”
“The spell that changed my daggers into caterpillars?” James and I were still pulling cocoons out of the laundry.
“No, the other one.”
I crossed my arms and did my best to look parental. “The one that sent my undergarments on a mad dash for freedom?”
She covered her mouth, trying to hide a gap-toothed grin. “I got it right the next time. Don’t your clothes smell nicer?”
“They do… those that aren’t hightailing it for the border.”
It was no use. After two years, I knew I couldn’t win, but I kept trying. James and I thought that if we could teach her another skill, something respectable…..
About the Author
Jim C. Hines has written more than fifty published short stories. His first professional story sale was the award-winning “Blade of the Bunny,” which took first place in the 1998 Writers of the Future competition and was published in Writers of the Future XV.
Jim is an active blogger about topics ranging from sexism and harassment to zombie-themed Christmas carols, and won the Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer in 2012.
About the Narrator
Tina Connolly is the author of the Ironskin trilogy from Tor Books, and the Seriously Wicked series from Tor Teen. Her novels have been finalists for the Nebula and the Norton. Her very first Escape Pod appearance was in #209, when “On the Eyeball Floor” was narrated by Norm Sherman, and she’s been providing narration for PodCastle since our miniature episode 23, about 8 months prior to her first publication with Escape Pod. Her stories are collected in On the Eyeball Floor and Other Stories, from Fairwood Press. She is one of the current co-hosts of Escape Pod, and her narrations have appeared all over.
She is extremely delighted to have had both her stories and her narrations featured on all four Escape Artists podcasts. Find her intermittent, Parsec-winning flash fiction podcast at Toasted Cake, or find her at tinaconnolly.com.