Yesterday I woke up with a sore throat and it is still here. I was worried it was somehow caused by the extra-crunchy bacon, or the avocado since I haven’t had avocado in a while, but it appears likely that no, I’m sick. Getting sick. Something.
So what happens if two people who have promised their firstborn to separate witches have a child together? Do they both just pop up in the nursery and have a custody battle?
I need a book about a little girl whose parents had promised their firstborn to different witches and the only way that both ends of the deal were fulfilled was for them to have joint custody of the child.
I love it!
And then the witches, forced to share a cottage while raising their joint stolen child, fall in love…
“joint custody" doesn’t mean the two parents/guardians have to live together. Like that is an option for the witches to take, but that’s not what that term means.
Maybe the kid spends half the year with Witch A locked up in a tower, and half the year transformed into a bird by Watch B, flying between isolated meadows and a magical island with a flock of other witchnapped children.
Or the kid lives with Witch A during the school year, at a little cottage in the wood surrounded by trees that grow every type of fruit imaginable, and has to go to the top of a mountain and live in Witch B’s Ice Palace for the summer/spring/winter break. And when the kid’s a teenager the witches start having nasty arguments about
"They need to be with me for the Summer Solstice! It’s important! We never get to do family holidays together!"
"Oh yeah? You’ve got them almost the whole year, I’m missing out on all the little day to day things!"
"Day to day things she says, like someone who lives in an Ice Palace knows anything about daily life! They came home last fall asking why we never get the four Cardinal Winds as visitors!"
"The four Cardinal Winds are part of everyone’s daily life!"
"Not as visitors that you roll out the snowflake carpet for they’re not, you stuck up old icicle!"
And the witches have to notify each other of the kid’s education and any would-be rescuers that show up, and they got a nasty cold last winter and I don’t trust your doctor’s methods send me the health records so I can consult my own doctor about the kid’s health, and who’s claiming them as a dependent on their tax records this year?
i’ve seen a lot of it on my dash recently so REMINDER:
"she/her/hers" are not feminine pronouns, they’re she/her/hers pronouns
"he/him/his" are not masculine pronouns, they’re he/him/his pronouns
please don’t gender pronouns!! that can make a lot of people that don’t identify with a particular gender but still use said pronouns uncomfortable!! and arguably arbitrarily shoves the pronouns into a societal gender binary, which just isn’t helpful
This is a very equitable precriptivist position with good intentions.
It is an inaccurate description of the bulk of pronoun usage in English.
I’d like to talk about this more, but don’t have time at the moment, so I am reblogging it as a reminder to myself, and when I do a detailed post later, I will edit this reblog to add a link.
worth mentioning, I don’t think the original post is intended to be a description of the bulk of pronoun usage, but pointing out that plenty of folks use she/her and he/him without wanting to be specifically gendered for it - and pointing out a fairly simple way that folks can alter their vocabulary to avoid doing that.
anyway, I’m interested to hear your thoughts! just wanted to put out there that (by my understanding) the OP’s intent is a bit different.