Magic in the house – short story

Unpredictable – the Daily Prompt

He ran through the grass, arms out like an airplane. “Look Mommy, look at me!”  He zoomed around, giggling and screaming at the top of his lungs.

His mom sat on the deck with a mojito in hand, basking in the first nice weather they’d had this year.  She chuckled as she watched the sheer joy in her little boy.  “Come on Daniel, it’s time for dinner.”

The little boy stopped in his tracks and frowned, dragging his feet up the stairs and onto the deck for dinner.

In the morning, Daniel was his usual happy-go-lucky self.  It was July, which meant he got to swim in his grandma’s pool, and play baseball with his friends.  He danced around the living room like he did every day, waving his magic wand.  “Wingardium Leviosa,” he said, pointing at the cat.  Nothing happened.

“Daniel, stop it.  Right now.”

His mother roared, glaring at him.

The little boy paused, looking confused at his mother.  “But mom… I didn’t do anything.”

“I don’t want to hear it, go to your room.”

The little boy hung his head and bit his tongue.  He marched up to his room, sniffling as he tried not to cry.  He looked down at the wand in his hand, and threw it on the floor before slamming his door.

Daniel’s dad stepped out of his office and into the kitchen.  “How do you expect him to know what he needs to do if you are that unpredictable?  You have to be consistent with the rules, or he doesn’t know what they are.”