It might have been small, but I absolutely loved working in my garden. There was just something almost primal about letting the rich earth sift between my fingers ... aiding to bring more life into the world. There was something almost magical about it.
And even though it was small, my garden attracted many people to it. However, I would be the first to admit that my skill with such things was limitless, absolutely limitless! And that reminded me of a thought or two I'd had a while back. Would that I were magical ... how would it affect my garden? My life? Then I remembered someone who might be able to help me figure it out. I figured it was time for me to call Frances McCullough.
Needless to say, when I phoned her, inquiring about her "abilities", she came right over. She practically dropped right out of the sky ... much to my astonishment.
Frances: Greetings, Joseph. It is good to see you. I wondered if I would hear from you after our last encounter.
Joseph: Hello, Frances. I hope you've been well.
Frances: I could hear the eagerness in your voice so I flew right over. What is it that you wish of me?
Joseph: Well ... when I was watching you outside of the Crypt O' Night Club ... I thought that everything you did ... had such a mastery to it. It was like some sort of art form that you'd bent to your own devices.
France: The Magicks have nothing to do with art, Joseph! The Magicks are all about SKILL! They are all about Mind over Matter! Do not mistake the Magicks for such an abstract concept such as art!
Joseph: I ... I didn't mean to offend, Frances. I was just trying to state that you make it look so effortless ... and your skill is beyond exemplary!
Frances (peering closely): So ... you wish to learn my skill in the Magicks then? Is that what you wish?
Joseph: I ... well ... y-yes.
Frances: Very well, Joseph. I will teach you my ways in the Magicks, but not because you wish it. I sense something deep within you, Joseph, something that seems almost desperate for release, to escape. I will teach you my ways because I am curious about what chaos you may cause ... or prevent. Now ... stand there and hold the colored ball in the palm of your hand. Do you feel the weight of the ball? Do you feel the fibers that make up the weight of the ball? Do you feel the molecules that make up the fibers of the ball? Do you feel the particles that make up the molecules of the ball? Concentrate on all of these things in your mind's eyes, Joseph. Concentrate!
I concentrated just as she asked ... and faster than I would have imagined, the ball began to float above my palm. My eyes widened in shock, my mouth dropped open in astonishment.
Frances: That was excellent, Joseph. You have such raw talent. I can't wait to see what you do with it. Now stand absolutely motionless.
Joseph: What're you going to do?
Frances: I'm about to fully awaken the powers churning inside of you.
Joseph: Is this going to hurt?
Frances: Just let the power fill you, Joseph. Don't try to fight it. If you allow your body access to the world around you, allow your mind to remain open to it, it won't hurt at all. In fact, it will feel really good. If you resist ... I won't make any promises.
Joseph: Open my mind ... open my mind ... open my mind ...
I didn't know what was happening to me, but I could feel something deep inside of me ... like a wellspring of energy just build up to the point of overflowing. I could feel the energy in every cell in my body ... and it made me feel lighter than air. And then ...
Frances: Congratulations, Joseph.
I felt absolutely FANTASTIC! WONDERFUL! AMAZING! The power flowing through my veins made me feel high on life!
Frances: A New One is always in danger of letting the Magicks control him or her. You must wrest control. Yes, you are a vessel for the Magicks, but you are in charge. Always remember that ... and gain control, Joseph.
Joseph: I have control ... I have control ... I have the power ...
As I said this mantra to myself, I felt the energy dissipate within me, though I could still feel that it was there ... hovering as if it was a thought preparing to voice itself. I felt myself return to myself ... and the ground.
Frances: Excellent, Joseph! Excellent! It's been a very long time since I've seen someone grasp the Magicks as quickly as you have. You are well on your way I think.
Frances: Teaching always makes me thirsty. While I partake of the waters ... why don't you practice a bit ... get the hang of using your wand.
Joseph: Ooh ... a wand!
I felt like a kid in a candy store. I didn't know what I wanted to do, what I wanted to try. I, of course, had NO idea what I was capable of. I just ... accessed the energy within me ... and let it fly!
What occurred was beyond anything I ever could have imagined! The power ... the POWER!!! Muahahahhahahhaaaaa!!!
However, I don't think Lydia was as impressed with my new found powers as I was. But I was certain I could convince her that it would do nothing but benefit us ... in positive ways, of course.