A Short-Term Spell


So what is the nature of the ideal, anyway?

A number of weight gain fantasies - mine included - end with this question unanswered. Focusing on life-changing transformation, they typically conclude with the suggestion that this process of self-actualization is still incomplete. Unsympathetic readers point to this as reflective of the fanta-sizer's tendency to never be satisfied. More generous readers might be inclined to note that since this all is fantasy, anyway, why be bound by limits?

I do know that the human animal is a remarkably flexible creature. We have, among other things, the capacity to change our physiological and emotional response to great pain, distress, even prolonged periods of happiness. This changeability is both a blessing and a curse: it can save our sanity during extremely catastrophic times and drive us mad with boredom when things are okay for too long. I note this not as a defense of any unethical behavior - as an adult male in his late forties, I know some of the traps this can create - but as a piece of the human condition that we all have to address in our lives.

"A Short-Term Spell" looks at this situation symbolically and somewhat ironically. It is one of my Fast Majicke stories, which means that the level of change in it is larger-than-life in more ways than one. Originally written for BUF, it appeared in the September, 1996 issue of that title with a minimal number of typographical errors. A few additions have been made to this version - in one instance to tie it into several other stories - but the essence of the piece remains.


November, 1997

-- Wilson Barbers