Sequel to Winter Witch manymasksmanyfaces.deviantart.…
and Spring Witch manymasksmanyfaces.deviantart.…
The sun situated comfortably over a cove with a white sandy beach and tropical trees around the brim. The water in the bay was tranquil, and all but one of the seasonal witches gathered to enjoy the sea breeze of the domain of summer. The three: winter, spring, and summer all had their familiars and those that tagged along.
Harmony had an extra large umbrella covering her as she sat in her beach chair. A cooler sat beside her with sodas and glasses of milk (and bags of cookies) but no ice. She took out a soda and one could see the condensation of the drink turning to frost from her touch. She had a white one piece swimsuit that had an impression of mistletoe on her left side. Additionally, comically large sunglasses graced her face to protect her from the brightness of the sun.
Newlyn sat to the winter witch’s right and also had an umbrella shielding her fair skin from the high sun. The maternal witch ate bits of mango from a bowl while she kept an eye on the familiars who were enjoying a dip in the bay. Ethan and Winter, both whom shed their antlers leaving just nubs, splashed each other in the refreshing water. Sarah the griffon flew up into the air then did a cannonball into the water splashing the other two.
Newlyn looked over to Harmony, “Harmony dear, how is that fellow you employed as a Clydesdale?”
Harmony grinned, “He felt that he was ready to return to his true form after this last Christmas, so I returned him home with my blessing. He just needed a little time to get some perspective on life to realize that there were better things than being a bully. I’ve talked to Winter and Ethan though and they feel up to pulling my sleigh when the time comes, would be a bit more fitting with the whole Santa thing I do.”
Newlyn laid back out again a tea in her hand, “Indeed it would. Mind giving me an ice refill?”
Harmony motioned for her sister to present her glass, and when she did the winter witch held her hand over it. She manifests ice between her fingers, shaped it into spirals, and dropped it into Newlyn’s drink. Newlyn raised her glass for a toast and touched the sand sowing cactus seeds with a touch. “Twas’ an interesting start the year in some parts of the world.”
Three nymphs were present lying on blankets around Newlyn. They stayed away from the salty water but their chlorophyll enjoyed the sunlight and the flowers on their bodies shown in full bloom. One had roses woven into her leafy clothing, a different nymph enjoyed saffron, and the final one adorned gardenias on herself. They each stretched still exhausted from the work they did to brush away all of the snows to set everything how it needed to be.
Harmony nodded, “I worked a bit of overtime. You know that city Atlanta? I did as much as one witch could do there without blowing my cover and in many other places.”
“Yes,” Came the spicy voice of their hostess and sister Julia whose realm they relaxed in, “Now it is time for the sun to shine and the rain to fall.”
The Summer Witch wore a pale blue, two piece swimsuit that showed off her sun kissed body that was more toned than the slimmer Harmony or the fuller figured Newlyn. Next to her was a man and a woman both laying on the same blanket. All three of them had raven black hair.
“Pass me a coconut Joaquin.” Julia said with a spice of a tropical accent.
The beak nosed man next to her did so from a pile of them beside him. He had an unbuttoned red shirt that had decals of Mesoamerican art and a red swim suit that had flares of yellow and blue as well. The woman who wrapped herself around him sported a black one piece swimsuit with a yellow flare along her collarbone. She never let go of Joaquin while he passed the coconut and cooed when he settled back down with her. He on the other hand played it cool.
Julia rolled over, “Where’s Aurelia?”
Newlyn drank as she glanced over to her cacti that reached adolescence, “She told me she was on vacation to see her in-laws.”
Julia giggled, “Aurie, I don’t understand her. She goes off and gets married to a human, and takes all of her world with her to Earth. Jack alone is enough to cause trouble not to mention the-”
Harmony crossed one leg over the other then spoke with, “Maybe if you talked to her more you would understand her. Don’t you have some duties to perform anyways? It’s a little past the solstice.”
Julia sat up with a smirk pointing a finger up to the sky proud of herself, “I know! We should have a Halloween party at her house. That way I can talk to her a bit more.”
Harmony threw her head back laughing, “I knew you would somehow bring in a party.”
The Summer witch swept her hand in front of her and a sudden great windswept from the sea and blew away Harmony’s umbrella.
“Hey!” Harmony shouted as she fumed receiving the full brunt of the sun. She held her arms to the ground and shot ice that crystallized an arch around her to act as her placebo shield from the sun. Of course the sun’s reflection off the ice became blinding at the right angles. The bright light and shouting brought Winter and Ethan over to Harmony concerned, but then they saw she was overreacting so they kept their distance relieved it was nothing life threatening. Newlyn raised a brow but bit not intervene just yet. Her nymphs on the other hand huddled together behind Sarah as if they expected shots to go off.
Julia laughed and its sound was reminiscent of a cascading waterfall. Joaquin flashed a suave grin while Tia covered her giggle. Julia recomposed herself. “Bit of an overreaction there, it’s not like you’ll melt like ice. They have this thing called sunscreen. I can give you some if you come out of your snowglobe I can give you some.”
Harmony melted her covering and she crossed her arms. She stared at her sister silently for a moment; then sighed melting the ice, “Alright fine, I overreacted.”
The tension on the beach diffused as Julia played with some of her own hair. “Now, I imagine you and your entourage would like some sunscreen.”
Winter tapped Ethan’s red shoulder much to his chagrin. He winced, “Yeah… I forgot all about that stuff…”
Julia gave Harmony a parasol and two vials of sunscreen, “Now if you excuse me, I have some duties to perform. Why don’t you go swimming and relax? There are many months to go ‘til you need to work.”
“A good witch’s work is never done.” Harmony replied as she twirled the parasol.
Julia winked, “I agree.”
She waved her hands and an airy blue dress appeared over her swimsuit. A red parasol appeared in her now silk bridal glove covered hands. Her blue wide brimmed hat that now topped her head gave her the appearance of a classy socialite from roaring twenties Cuba. The sting of melancholy crossed Joaquin’s face as he rose up as well. Tia rose up after him clinging to his arm. He nuzzled her cheek as his face became the visage of a scarlet macaw. His nuzzles brought out Tia’s long toucan beak.
He gave her a hug then whispered in her ear. She nodded then closed her eyes as she stepped back. His red magic enveloped her and revealed her true form, a toucan. She flew over to Newlyn who gladly fed her bits of mango. Then Joaquin changed himself into a large scarlet macaw flying through the air until he glided onto Julia’s shoulder. He squawked then pointed with his beak to a nearby palm tree. The summer witch reached her parasol out towards the tree and from its tip the epicenter of a brilliant corona portal opened to Earth. She waved to all gathered in her realm, “Farewell and adios for now.”
They waved goodbye and then Julia stepped through with a crackling excitement.
She reappeared on a remote beach in the human world, she went straight to work. She felt the coursing winds of the world around her flowing like blood through veins. She stuck her parasol up and closed her eyes so that she could see all of the world’s channels of weather. She liked what she saw. All was proceeding as it should.
Content with her assessment of the world’s weather, she then walked along the beach enjoying the surge of the waves as they crashed against the beach and the feel of the wind against her cheek. It was a beautiful, cloudless night with the moon shining brightly overhead. The distant lights of a festival shone bright like fallen stars.
Joaquin looked off to the horizon then spoke with a voice not unlike his human form, “Almost like home.”
Julia gazed out over the horizon, “Not quite.”
The witch’s gaze suddenly snapped to the nearby foliage. She felt like she was being watched, and not by animal eyes. Before she took action, a small girl revealed herself. She had on a pink dress that was tattered along with stains from dirt and grass all over herself. She looked scared of Julia as if the woman before her was a ghost. She sniffled like she had been crying for some time. It did not take long for Julia to deduce that the girl was likely lost in the jungle. She looked as if she never even conceived of such, and was too scared to just stay in one place to wait for help. It was possible she heard Julia and thought it was a rescue party. The witch did not approach the girl fearing it would spook her like a wild rabbit, but she did give her a warm smile.
Finally, the girl spoke, “That… parrot talked…”
Julia laughed, “Of course, I trained it. Joaquin.”
The parrot squawked now more like any other talking parrot. He bobbed his head as he mimicked, “Joaquin, Joaquin.”
“No it talked like a person.” she reiterated shyly.
“Indeed I did.” Joaquin spoke in a voice that perfectly replicated hers.
Julia smacked her familiar’s beak, “Don’t scare the kid for no reason!”
Joaquin bowed speaking in his own voice, “My sincerest apologies miss. I am at your service.”
The witch could see plainly that the girl was beyond mystified, so she knelt down and handed the handle of her parasol to the girl, “Here, take this. I will take you to that festival okay. There, we can get in touch with your parents. Okay?”
The girl took it, surprised that Julia gave it to her, and held onto it. Julia then rose and extended her hand. The girl took it and they walked down the beach to reach the festival lights. Joaquin took flight overhead, and what seemed like a long walk took no time at all. Julia let the girl open up and by the end of the journey, they were talking like family. When Julia brought her to the festival staff, they did not ask too many questions just from how comfortable the girl was around Julia. They didn’t have too much time to either because as soon as they turned their backs she was nowhere to be seen.
Human Joaquin tapped Julia on her shoulder. “I imagine you want to hang out here some before we do a bit of a world tour.”
Julia placed her hands on his shoulders, “You know it!”
The two partied through the night mingling and having a good time. Only occasionally did they do magic tricks for other’s (and their own) amusement, but overall they just hung loose and had fun. Julia’s kisses were sweeter than the most expensive rum. She used it to lull men to sleep if she feared they were in danger if they tried to go home. Both of the magic wielders danced with many strangers, Julia favored the heartbroken men who just needed a reminder that there was love in the world; however, Joaquin stole the women’s hearts with his graceful movements. He took it upon himself to protect them. If his eagle eye spotted foul play against women he would intervene no matter the size of the aggressor. He had a particular affinity either giving the offenders duck beaks for a few minutes. Long enough for them to know what is happening but short enough that it would be gone before anyone would believe them. Furthermore, if the beak sensed a reflective surface nearby such as a mirror or a camera- it would vanish.
Such was how the two partied. The good times came to an end when Julia crashed the stage of live music. One security escort later, Joaquin and Julia walked away arm in arm supporting each other against the alcohol that flushed through them from the many drinks bought as gifts of gratitude. That night was over, but there were many more short nights of summer to come. Julia (while she had a few drinks now) had the responsibility to preside over it all.