ZofiaTrickenbod had no choice but to leave her beloved planet in order to keep herself, family and the Stone of Irdisi safe and out of the hands of the evil sorcerer, Vesselvod Blood. She and her Aunt Tillie came to a planet where they could not use their magic openly. Think of Samantha Stevens of Bewitched, and you get the idea.
Her daughter, Blanche, who is going to turn 16 soon, has adapted well, but wants to fit in, like all teens do, and to the shagrin of her mother wears very little in the way of clothing. On their planet, they wear full dresses, petticotes and so on--something in the way of our 16th century, or there abouts.
Her son, Elton--who they had named Eltony, but had to change it so that he wouldn't be teased--is constantly told to not talk about the magical things that they can do, such as float a platter of meat over to the end of the table, or float themselves, for that matter. Blanch is hoping to be able to disappear and reappear at will--it skips a generation, you know.
And then there is Biddle--the strangest being of the whole family (aside from the demon in the mirror, but that's a different kettle of fish). Biddle is the family servant. You can't see Biddle because he's invisible, a ghogal who is committed to the family for all his existance--which is like forever. Although once in a while he might become cantankerous and do something irresponsible like jinx the door bell which will give people who use it a bit of a shock, and laughs about it.
What sorceress wouldn't be without her feline helpers? Well, Perth and Argyll may look like cats, but they're not, I'm here to tell ya. They're Frisian warriors who were turned into cats to prevent them from snacking on the good people of Euphoria. Yes, they were cannibals, and the Imortals of their planet saw fit to turn them into domesticated animals for the good of their planet. Perth and Argyll are Zofia's protectors, and when she feels threatened enough, she may just turn them back into warrior women. Oh! I shudder to think of it!
Then there is Zofia's nosy neighbor Lolly. Lolly has been known to call the police on Zofia for the smallest things, and today would not be any different when she spies a strange man walk up to Zofia's door, knock and is let inside. Of course she wouldn't know that the stranger was Zofia's husband who has been missing for five long years. Of course Zofia knows enough to keep the real truth behind zipped lips. Dorian is not exactly human any more. He's not even a living person. He's actually (dare we say it?), a vampire.
Well, I've run out of time, my pretties, looking at the clock on the wall. If you see a couple of cats chasing a small white dog (Lolly's) down the street, don't worry. The cats won't hurt him. Much.
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|Zofia Trickenbod is about to save her planet from the dark |
ex-wizard, Vesselvod Blood... whether she wants to or not!