White/Blue – Between the jars (I)

(Between the jars – Sidebar to fable)

How to bottle the weather:

The lady of the jars has many of nature’s wonders stacked and stored in her secret room, away from prying eyes (though she keeps the door unlocked). This magical art was not taught to her by anyone in particular. Which perhaps is a shame, as she does like company. Instead, she learnt how to do this from the Guāng-shu, her own little magic bible that was passed down through her family. Pages have been ripped out, new pages added. A suspicious crystalline stain permeates one of the sections towards the back which refuses to be cleaned. Though passed down through her family, the book was never intended to end up in her hands. This may have been to save her from her fate, or because of the doubt in her abilities. But through a series of events that still surprise her to this day, the book was hers when she was old enough to read. And read she did.

Jars fill her little cottage there by the stream. She is forever getting new vials, and jugs and glass jars delivered. Not so much through her proficiency of usage; but lately, more to her failing eyesight which refuses to be remedy by the wearing of glasses. Which leaves the broken jars tipped away in the rubbish, and many a swear word emanating from her little house.

To bottle the weather….

1.    Pick a day that the weather you wish for is at its most potent. The intensity leads to longer shelf life.

2.    Set your jar in a pool of water (this conducts the elements required for storage).

3.    Place a ‘Tan-ya’ stone in the bottom of the jar (imitation stones will not work).

4.    Recite the incantation located in the Guāng-shu.

5.    Channel the power down into the bottle, sealing it quickly. This may take some time depending on the nature of it. NOTE: Hurricanes are decidedly tricky.

6.    Once bottled, swirl the jar until the Tan-ya stone breaks like an egg. This seals the condition inside and prevents escape or leakage.

7.    Store in a cool place where sunlight cannot enter.

As impressive as bottling the weather is, her favourite bit of magic has to be the ‘Dragon’s tongue’. A single little red flame that ignites and burns within one of her little jars with the ability to burn the strength of the smouldering centre of the earth. This she keeps tucked under the blanket in her bed.
Her own little wizardry water bottle.

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21 thoughts on “White/Blue – Between the jars (I)

  1. Firstly, she’s vain! Breaking bottles defying the need for glasses, she would probably love selfies in our time huh?! I am intrigued (yet again!) by the cracked egg. you pick up something static in the atmosphere and just build on it. did you know we use the egg to diagnose typhoid fever in the village I grew up in? rub the hard boiled egg over a person’s skin when fever is at its highest then crack it open, dark threads that appear are the bacteria. I swear its true! Oh and love the hot water bottle from dragon’s breath! so inventive!

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    • Oh wow, no i didn’t know about the egg and typhoid. That’s really interesting. I love those practical remedies/uses for things like that. I liked the idea of stones smashing in that fashion, reacting to the magic.
      Haha, to the glasses…lenses are too much of a chore for her. Maybe she’ll find something in the book to help with her eyesight 🙂 [hope you liked the ‘behind the scenes to the tale].

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      • Asian remedies are so interesting and traditional medicine is still practiced widely here.

        yes – when she old enough to read, that was very sneaky smart, tells me you scrutinize what I write!

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      • Hehe, i can be sneaky, but rarely smart. I do like the Asian remedies and the holistic approach to health care. Just not when it moves into the animals and living things territory, tiger bladders and ground bear bones i think are shameful.

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      • always smart, you never take the credit but you are, very!

        yes those that deal with animal cruelty make me furious and I will boycott vehemently, like shark fin soup and honey bear bile, very popular at one time but slowly losing it’s marketability as awareness increases. many older traditionalists pretend to be ignorant of how its acquired but the younger more informed generation are making a stand. the traditional medicine industry here is mainly plant based as we have many Buddhists and Hindu’s who are vegetarian subscribing to the remedies.

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      • That’s good, glad things are changing. A lot of it is ignorance sometimes like you say. But sometimes it’s just being closed minded to how that thing got to be in the product, People don’t want to know. I like the plant remedies though.

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  2. Such an entertaining magical recipe! I love the behind the scenes snooping you offer here. It makes your readers feel like VIPs <3. There is so much potential to this story. I agree with Nara. I am a huge Harry Potter fan and your story holds the same potential. I would buy the book and read it day and night until I reach the back cover. Anxiously waiting for the next instalment.

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