TITLE: Adventures With Auntie Mischief
GENRE: MG - Fantasy
A big brother learns he has a powerful magic, that if he does not learn to control, will get him in a lot of trouble, all while keeping his precocious little brother safe and out of the clutches of a sinister organization bent on taking that magic for themselves.
There’s nothing worse than an itch you can’t scratch.
Joshua clucked and coughed, gagged and grimaced, as he rubbed his tongue against the roof of his mouth. If only he could get at that annoying tickle. He finally attacked it with a carrot stick. Then the tickle moved around like it was trying to escape.
Joshua growled in frustration. It seemed getting rid of this tickle was going to be impossible. He knew what it meant too. Somewhere in this crowded house, among the many family and friends attending Christmas dinner was a secret conversation. He was sure of it. First the roof of his mouth would tickle, then itch, then he’d happen to find himself in just the right place to hear it. Then there would be trouble. Grown-up conversations are for grown-ups, not children. But he didn’t mean to eavesdrop. It wasn’t his fault, really. It was the tickle. It was almost impossible to ignore. It was like it called to him and he couldn't help himself.
"Joshua," his father said, as he walked by, three drinks in his hand. "Where's your brother?"
Joshua shrugged. His father frowned for a moment but then smiled as his guest took their drinks. When he looked back at his son, his frown had returned.
"Remember what we talked about."
Joshua sighed but nodded. He looked around the room for Brandon.
Ignoring this tickle was only the second impossible task he'd been assigned today. The other was even harder.