Pretoria Preetus and the Shop of Troublesome Household Goods

PHOTO PROMPT © Mary Shipman

PHOTO PROMPT © Mary Shipman

“Returnis Shelvum.”

Nothing happened. Exasperated, Pretoria peered in the cubby beneath the register for the Book of Retail Spells. But of course, it was gone.

“Does nothing stay put in this store?” She blew a wisp of hair off her forehead and looked up. The sleepwalking nightgowns had arranged themselves nicely over the bed-buggery short-sheets. But everything else had been a complete disaster since Madame Terminus had left for lunch.

The rickrolling pins had beaned the last two customers.  Madame Terminus was due back any minute. There was only one thing to do.

She lifted her wand and waved. “Confringo!”

This has been an edition of the Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle Wisoff Fields. This week’s photo courtesy Mary Shipman. To read more or to submit your own, click the blue froggy button.

29 Comments

  1. That’s delightful. I can almost hear the music.

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  2. Where’s Snape when you need him? This was a lovely romp

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    1. I know, right? Thanks for reading!

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  3. Dear Karen,

    A fun little foray into the supernatural.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  4. Somehow I’m reminded of the wonderful Disney film “the sorcerer’s apprentice” here… maybe using the wand will bring worst trouble. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rrm8usaH0sM

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    1. I hadn’t even realized but you’re right. And yes, it’s going to go really wrong, I fear. Thanks for reading.

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  5. I, too, thought of the sorcerers apprentice! Five wands for this tale

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    1. Thank you kindly 🙂

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  6. Bibbety bobbedy boo! Smiling I am 🙂

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  7. Mike

    Troublesome household goods indeed. Like😀

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  8. Very imaginative and I loved the idea of bed-buggery short sheets. 🙂

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    1. Lol can’t imagine one would get much rest in them. Thanks for reading.

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  9. This is a wonderful story, Karen. I too had images of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice as well as hints of Harry Potter. You crafted a delightful scene into such a short tale.

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    1. Thanks for the kind words! Glad you liked it.

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  10. I loved this, JK Rowling may be stealing it 😉

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  11. Tons of fun! Great job.

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  12. This reminds me of bed knobs and broomsticks.

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  13. Hmmm. Reminds me of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice in a way. Pretty cool story, though. Well-told!!! Marvelous, Karen. 🙂

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  14. A cute story! And what a title! 🙂

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  15. IfeomaO

    Another Harry Potter series in the making 🙂

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  16. Love this! Love the idea of nightgowns that move on their own and I love the language you’ve used, the world you’ve constructed in such a limited word count. Super writing – would love to read more magical tales 🙂

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  17. I think maybe it’s time for her to put the wand down and do everything manually 🙂

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  18. Lovely story. Great fun. Magic.

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  19. lillmcgill

    Very clever!

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  20. Brilliant. This story was so much fun! And quite well written.

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  21. Whoa, whoa, Confringo may just be a bit over the top, no? Great story, just the right grade of whimsical, fits perfectly into the potterverse.

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  22. What fun. I love this. ‘Troublesome household goods’ – fantastic.

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  23. There is often a confringo in my classroom. I could do with some of those rickrolling pins to sort it out.

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    1. LOL what could possibly go wrong? 😉

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