Flawed Magic Men, (c) 2018 by Pamela Schloesser Canepa
When I was little, if you told me Papa could catch the sunlight in his little hands, I’d believe it.
I believed it when he caught a firefly. I’d never seen one before. And then, he made the light disappear. Years later, I figured out why he was tugging at his sleeve.
“All gone!” He held up his hands. Nothing. I thought he was some kind of magician.
Truth be told, he really could make the light disappear. He said something to make Grandma cry so bad one time. It was like he sucked the light out of her soul.
Mom just said he had too much to drink. When I looked at her questioningly, she answered, “Sick juice.” Those were the words for the drink left on the coffee table that I shouldn’t touch.
Several times, it did make Papa really sick. I’ll never touch the sick juice. It seems even magic men have a flaw. Sick juice was Papa’s Kryptonite.
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