Witchery is about half-again as long as Prophecy of Honor. It has many more contributing characters and a lot more magic, as the title implies.
I reviewed my entries and realized I was supposed to explain the origin of "Battle Scars" last posting. Sorry 'bout that; I was distracted by 9/11.
I am certainly a product of my times. In 1972 Harry Chapin recorded the song "Taxi," about a chance encounter by former lovers many years after they've said their goodbyes. Then in 1980 Dan Fogelberg released "Same Old Lang Syne," a song with the same theme—old lovers meet unexpectedly after a long separation. This one is a little happier, though, but in both cases the woman is living in a marriage with a man she does not love.
In 1970 the trial of Lt. William Calley began. He was accused of killing 109 Vietnamese, mostly women and children, in the village of My Lai in 1968.
Sometime around 1980, with the memory of the My Lai Massacre and the two songs, I got to wondering, what would the reunion be like if the man was accused of horrible war crimes? "Battle Scars" was the final result. I tried to write the story back in the early eighties, but I couldn't come up with anything I was satisfied with. When I took up writing seriously in 2011 the story idea reemerged and this time I was able to get something I liked. It's been revised a time or two even after the version that won an Honorable Mention in The Robyn Herrington Memorial Short Fiction Competition in 2013.