Chapter 5.1

Violet begins her training to become a witch.

Call me naive, or dumb, or ridiculous but I had no idea there would be so much to learn when it came to being a legacy heir.  There are a surprising number of rules and regulations!  Level 10 alchemy and photography!?  Really!?  What does photography have to do with anything?

“In all fairness, Violet, I did tell you about the requirements.  It’s not my fault you weren’t listening.”

“I didn’t mean to say that out loud.”  Nana had been helping me with my spellcasting and my alchemy lately.  Mom wasn’t really talking to me.  Or Nana.  Nana and I were on our own in this.

I knew Mom would be pissed but her level of anger was pretty damn impressive.  I didn’t realize she could actually radiate anger but I saw anger waves emanating from her body.  Apparently Bee got a pass because she wasn’t actively involved in the plot to overthrow Mom’s authority.  Nana was pissed at both of us for that one but once she listened to Bee’s reasons for wanting to turn, Nana understood.  We still got one hell of a lecture though.

Dad was just trying to stay out of it.  He knew better than to get involved in a fight that would play him against his daughters, wife, and mother-in-law.  Instead he just quietly spent time with all of us separately.  We talked about everything but family stuff because duh.

Nana’s mentoring went far beyond spellcasting and alchemy.  When she found out I was planning to start a career in the military after college she decided she would train me in athleticism too.  The woman might be nearly 90 but she’s a beast at the gym.

Nana’s kinda scary now that I’ve really thought about it…huh.

I kept trying to get Bee to join in my training.  It would be so much fun to have a training partner.  Unfortunately she was behind in school.  She had to spend most of her time making up lessons or getting tutored by Nana.

Why was Bee so far behind?

Someone discovered boys.  Well, we both did but I am more respectable about the thing.

We’ve grown up with the Cohen boys next door and suddenly Xantus and Lucifer were interesting.  Weird, right?  Anyway, Bee is super into Xantus which is fine because Lucifer is way more fun in my opinion.  Who doesn’t love a musician with green hair?  I mean, really, it’s a no-brainer.

“Ok.  So when you are attempting to cast a spell to change the state of an object, you have to go big or go home.”

Today Nana was teaching me transmute apples into fancy rocks.  Nana has a serious knack for this.  How else do you think she ended up with so many big ass egg gems?

“Alright, Vi.  Now target an apple.  Don’t whip your wand until you say the final word of the spell.  The timing is key here.”

Nana effortlessly created a Rainbow Gem.

I turned an apple into a cloud of smoke that smelled like dead fish.  Things are going well for me.  I’ll be a top-notch witch in about 75 years.

“I know we’ve been spending a lot of time on your training, Violet.  It’s important in your role as heir.”

“I feel there’s a but coming on and I hope it’s light at the end of the tunnel.”  We’d been training for weeks and I didn’t think I was getting any better.  In fact, I was getting downright discouraged in my decisions.  Maybe Mom was right about this stupid heir thing?  I’d never tell her that though.  Even if she were talking to me.

“BUT,” Nana continued, “what’s more important is your mindset.  You’re going to encounter many challenges as you lead this family.  You’re going to doubt yourself and your choices.  You’re going to feel sad and angry and alone.  But you must stay strong.  Shit happens.  Keep going.  Make it work.”

Nana gave me a hug and told me to take the night off.

Of course I knew that she planned that damn pep talk so I would want to keep practicing.  I’m not practicing because of the talk.  It’s fun.

Does anyone believe me when I say that?


I may have made a boo-boo

Hey everyone!

I was working on setting up my master site yesterday and that meant also pulling over all of my Eternally Yours and Twice Upon a Time posts.  In the process of doing so, I forgot to uncheck the box that pulls over followers.  If you ended up getting 230+ emails from me yesterday, I am so sorry!  I haven’t gotten any complaints yet so maybe it didn’t resend all the chapters but I am terribly sorry if it did.


Versatile Blogger Award

Another lovely award nomination from Kate!

Holy cow!  You all are amazing!  I was nominated for yet another award and I am super grateful!  Thank you again to Kate at the Loewe Legacy for another shout-out!


  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Share the Award on your blog.
  • Share seven random facts about yourself.
  • Tag 10 bloggers with less than 1000 followers and let them know they have been nominated.


  1. I am a certified veterinary nurse.
  2. My favorite holiday is Halloween into Christmas.  (Let’s be honest, it’s all one big happy holiday.)
  3. I love NFL football.  A lot.  Like, I’d watch every game if I could.  It’s a good thing we don’t have cable.
  4. I am almost blind!  I have a super strong prescription for glasses and if I ever lost them I’d be screwed.
  5. I don’t like writing.  I really don’t.  But I can’t stop.  I’ve been writing since I was a kid and I can’t turn it off.
  6. I met my husband online.
  7. I tweet about museums and antiquities looting a lot on my personal twitter.


I am so late to the game on this one and I know so many people did it around the time I did.  Feel free to nominate yourself.  I just don’t want to make extra work for folks!

Introducing: Violet Friend

Learn all about our new leading lady!


Full Name: Violet Grace Friend
Gender and Sexuality: Female, Unknown
Ethnicity/Species: White, Witch
Birthplace and Birthdate: Hidden Springs, September 8
Guilty Pleasures: Political drama
Phobias: Being disliked
What They Would Be Famous For: Only time will tell
What They Would Get Arrested For: Doing something really stupid
OC You Ship Them With: Dunno yet
OC Most Likely To Murder Them: A lot of people (stay tuned)
Favorite Movie/Book Genre: Biography
Least Favorite Movie/Book Cliche: Women are weak
Talents and/or Powers: Charisma
Why Someone Might Love Them: She’s bold
Why Someone Might Hate Them: She’s a woman
How They Change: We’ll see!
Why You Love Them: She’s gonna be a fun one!

Generation 5 Prologue

Generation 5 starts now!

After Mom shot down my plan to be heir, Nana and I decided to come up with our own plans.

“Your biggest issue, Violet, is that you aren’t a witch.”

“Why is that an issue, Nana?  I’m more than willing to take on this role!”

“It’s part of the ‘rules,’ dear.  All heirs must be female and they must be a witch.”

“Well then nobody gets to be heir, Nana!  What was the point of this whole conversation!?”

“Hold your horses, dear.  Lucian wasn’t always a witch, was he?”

I gasped.  

“The spellbook!  Where is it, Nana?”

“There’s a box in your mother’s closet.  All the ingredients and the spell recipe are in there.  If you need help, you know where to find me.  But you must make the potion on your own.  If you want this as badly as you say you do, then you must do it yourself.”

It was a few months before I felt ready to tackle a large alchemy spell.  I’d been dabbling in the cellar for awhile but never very seriously or anything more than a skill potion.  After some bigger successes, I decided it was time to move.  I was only a month away from my 18th birthday and time was running out.

Every day when Mom left for Snickerdoodles, I ran to the closet to memorize more of the spell.

It was a doozy.  Longer and more complex than any spell potion I’d ever created.  And I’d only have one chance to get it right.

It was another week before I felt confident enough to head down to the cellar with my ingredients.  I waited until I was sure everyone was sleeping and then I turned into my toy form for the last time and crept out of the house and down to the cellar.

It would take me a few hours to complete the potion and then use it.  I had only just started my work when I heard the shed door open.

I turned around ready to fight.  But there was no need.

“How did you even know I was down here?  And you aren’t changing my mind so don’t even try!”

“Well, when I heard your bedroom door open I didn’t think much of it.  But then the patio door opened and when I looked outside the shed door opened all by itself.  Since I only know one person who can turn invisible and people only want to be invisible when trouble is brewing, I figured I needed in on the action.”

“Ugh.  Fine.  Just sit down and don’t get in the way.”

“What are you doing anyway, Violet?”

“I’m making a witch potion.  To turn me.  So I can be heir.  And can you stop levitating Nana’s egg lamp?  If you break it, we’re both dead.  Seriously.  She won’t even do you the service of killing you where you stand.  She’ll just stare at you with those disappointed eyes until you’re soul dies.”

“That’s a bit of an exaggeration don’t you think?  Jeez, just chill.”

“I’ll chill when this potion is complete, okay?  Fuck!  Someone’s coming!  Shut up!”

“Hey what are you guys doing?!”

“Nothing!  Just sit down and shut up.”

“She’s making a witch’s potion, Red.  She wants to be heir or something.”

I gritted my teeth in frustration.  This was hard enough without their chattering.  “Can you guys please just be quiet?”

“Fine.  But I want a potion, too.”

“I don’t even know if I can make one, let alone two, Bee.  And why do you even need one?  It’s not like you want to be heir.”

“No, but I want to fit in more.”

“You have translucent skin, blue hair, and wings.  Fitting in isn’t really for you.”  Ok, so that was a little mean but she was really getting on my nerves.

“A tanning bed and hair dye will take care of some of my issues but the wings are a little obvious don’t you think, Vi?  Being a witch gets rid of that problem.”

“Touche.  If I can manage to make two potion you can have one but you have to let me work!”

“I want a potion, too!”  Now it was Hadley’s turn to be obnoxious.  Awesome.

“No, Red, absolutely not!”

“WHY!?  I don’t want to be the only not-witch in the family!  Let me have one, Bee!  Vi, can I have one?”

I sighed.  Apparently working in peace isn’t a real thing.  “No, Hadley, Bee’s right.  You’re too little to make that decision.”

“I’m a whole decade old, you guys!  I’m big enough!”  Hadley suddenly went quiet.  “I’ll tell if you don’t give me one.”

“Ok ok ok.  On the off chance that I can make three, you can have one.  But you guys have to be quiet.  Now.  This is the hard part and if I don’t get it right nobody gets to be a witch.”

That got their attention.  They both jumped up and crowded around the cauldron as I dropped in the last few ingredients.  It had to be perfectly timed and perfectly measured.  I didn’t know what would happen if I missed up but I was hoping it was nothing fatal.

“Ok.  It’s done.  Let’s fill theses bottles and see what we get.”  I was able to make two full morphing potions.  “Sorry, Hadley.  Looks like it’s just Bee and I who get to change.”

“No worries, Vi.  I didn’t really want to be killed by your stupid potions anyway.  You probably messed it up so I’m glad I don’t get one.”  She pouted a bit more but I had more important issues to deal with — like not dying if I messed up the spell.

“Bee, you go first.”

“WHAT!?  Fine.  But if you kill me I’m totally coming back from the grave and I will haunt you for-ev-er.”

“I’m not watching this mess.  Tell me when it’s over!”

“Ready, Bee?”  I reeled back my arm and prepared to lob the potion.  “One…Two…THREE!”

A crazy green hazy filled the cellar but we were still alive.  Bee held out her left hand and with a simple flick of her right hand, she pulled an apple out of the air.

“YOU DID IT, VI!  You did it!”

“Holy shit!  I did!”  I was a little baffled that it worked.

“Ok, now you’re turn!  Ready, Vi?”

“I’m still not watching — just in case!”

“Nope!  But go ahead!”  I really wasn’t ready.  I wasn’t entirely sure that I wanted to lead this family into a new era.  It was important to Nana that someone carry things on but maybe Mom was right.

“One.  Two.  THREE!”  Bee lobbed the potion at my feet and my body started to buzz with some kind of electric power!  I raised my hand and pulled an apple out of the air.  I was a witch.

Too late to change my mind now, I guess.

All About Dani

Featuring: Dani Orfeo


Full Name: Danielle Jayne McNamara
Gender and Sexuality: Female, Straight
Ethnicity/Species: White, Witch
Birthplace and Birthdate: Meadow Glen, June 23
Guilty Pleasures: Marshmellows
Phobias: Mice
What They Would Be Famous For: Pediatric Neurosurgery
What They Would Get Arrested For: Nothing
OC You Ship Them With: Lucian!
OC Most Likely To Murder Them: Probably Penny (Penny would murder so many people).
Favorite Movie/Book Genre: Documentary
Least Favorite Movie/Book Cliche: Vampires are mean and/or sparkly
Talents and/or Powers: Level 10 witch
Why Someone Might Love Them: She’s super sweet
Why Someone Might Hate Them: She refuses to pick an heir
How They Change: She becomes stronger and more confident
Why You Love Them: Honestly, I don’t really like her.  She never really spoke to me like the others did.  Round hole, square peg with this one.