Hi everyone! It’s great to be here for this blog tour. Since my main character works in a very unmagical magic shop, I thought I would give you a glimpse behind the curtain at his pre-story life.
Unicorn Snot • Part One
by Jenn Moffatt
“Dad?” Star Anders let out a heavy sigh when her father set another trio of bowls on the workshop table in the back of the shop. Equinox was closed for the night. Fairy lights and the neon ‘closed’ sign the only illumination from the storefront. It was pitch black through the shop windows in both directions thanks to a simple cantrip that would keep their workings hidden until sunlight hit the windows come morning to break the little spell. She was perched on top of a tall stool, with her sneakered feet tucked behind her. It was only a matter of time until her father made her sit properly, but she still liked to tempt fate. Her hair was pulled into a tight high ponytail, which would hopefully keep it out of the goop they were mixing together. “Dad!” she repeated to get his attention. Under the heavy table there was a bump, a grunt, and a word she’d been told not to use no matter how many times she heard him use it. “Star, love, unless someone is breaking in, could you please not shout when I’m underneath here?” “Sorry. But you didn’t answer. Why are we making this stuff, and what are you looking for?” Her father looked over the edge of the table, the old fluorescent lights reflecting from his slightly curling brown hair. With a sigh of his own, Thomas, shoved a heavy-duty two burner hot plate onto the table and then got to his feet. His back cracked as he reached overhead to plug it into a receptacle near the lights. “I was looking for that. We are making fragrant jelly anti-magic goop and powders that we’ll be applying to mostly everything we sell from now on.” “Is this because of the singing goddess statue Mr. Kensington bought?” Star felt her cheeks warm as the blush spread. “I didn’t mean to make that happen, Dad.” “I know, sweetheart.” He came around the table and kissed the top of her head, or as close as he could with the ponytail. “We both leak magic. We also sell real ingredients for the enlightened customers. But we can’t afford to have the unenlightened and untrained tell the world that we sell statues that sing and dance like Michigan J. Frog.” Thomas set the first burner on the hot plate to high, filled a saucepan with water and set it to boil. Star’s head tilted slightly to the side and her eyebrows rose about her dark brown eyes as if to ask a question. “We can’t use any magic making the Unicorn Snot. We’ve got to do every step the hard, mundane, way. Otherwise we risk contamination,” he said, passing her a pair of latex gloves from the local beauty supply and a facemask from the drug store. “You don’t want to breathe in the secret ingredient either. It might make you sick.” Especially considering Star’s innate powers were stronger than even his mother’s, and she’d been the High Priestess of their coven.
Join us tomorrow at Love Bytes to read the rest of the story! Tour Schedule:
1 Oct: Book Gemz – TA Moore
2 Oct: Paranormal Romance Guild – TA Moore
4 Oct: Boy Meets Boy – Rhys Ford
5 Oct: Reading Reality – Rhys Ford
6 Oct: Blogger Girls – Jenn Moffatt
7 Oct: Love Bytes – Jenn Moffatt
8 Oct: M/M Good Book Reviews – Bru Baker
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