Title: Erasing Mistakes
Source: 100 Word Challenge – Thin Spiral Notebook
Does anyone remember an Italian comic book series called W.I.T.C.H.? It was about five girls who’d been granted special powers. Of course, now that I’m older, it seems like typical girl-saves-the-world, but when I was about twelve to thirteen, it was mind-blowing for me. A lot of my earlier work (scribbled in notebooks!) was heavily based on it, and to this day, it still influences the way I write magic and fantasy. This piece was inspired by one of the scenes in the book. Of course, supposedly a thousand words make one picture – but I’ll have to make do!
She’d badly botched her first sketch – it had a misshapen nose, and lopsided eyes. Her teacher had smiled and taken out an eraser. In a few swipes, the errors were gone.
“This is what erasers are for,” the man explained. “They fix mistakes. Like magic.”
Now, trapped in this cell, the screams of tortured men around her, she squeezed her eyes shut. Her fingers sparking with the arcane energy they tried to drain from her, she imagined an eraser…
When she opened her eyes, she was standing in smouldering ruins, nary a soul around her. She smiled. Like magic, indeed.