“Oh this is not good... Not good at all...” Yuna muttered as she quickly paced back and forth, her green eyes frantically glancing around in desperate hopes of finding someway to fix her current situation. “I could've sworn I cast the right spell... But...” Yuna glanced over to the thick opened book of spells sitting atop nearby desk, which was so tall it's surface was at her eye level. Hurrying over to the desk, Yuna climbed atop the tall wooden stool, allowing her to see the entire page describing the spell 'Grandeous Statueos.' “This stupid thing was supposed to make me taller.”
Yuna thought back to the casting of the spell. She was sure she got everything correct, even triple checking the words that needed to be spoken as she waved her straight wooden wand. Unfortunately, rather than work correctly and increase her height from it's usual five feet to a more respectable five feet ten, she had instead shrunk down to a diminutive three feet tall. “I just wanted to be a little taller so people would stop patting me on the head” she grumbled to herself as she reread the page. “Is that too much to ask?”
Finishing the page again, Yuna scratched her head in confusion as she leaned forward, the stool's back legs lifting off the ground ever so slightly. “I don't understand” she groaned. “I did everything correctly. Master's book wouldn't be wrong, she's too much of a perfectionist to keep even one flawed spell.” Yuna let out a frustrated growl as she recalled that her master was the one who made fun of her height, patting her, cuddling her, even picking her up off her feet from time to time. “I have to fix this before she gets back. If she sees me like this...” Yuna gulped as she tried to block out the images of how her master would treat her now that she was barely the height of a young child. “Let's just fix this. Maybe there's another spell in here to reverse enchantments...”
Given the book's size and the impressive amount of detail put into every page, it took Yuna longer than she would've liked to find what she was looking for. “Ah, here it is” she said, a lot of relief in her voice as she spotted the spell 'Dispel.' Needing both hands, Yuna lifted the thick spell book off the desk before starting to get off the stool. Unfortunately, her shrunken stature caused her to misjudge the distance to the ground and topple off the stool, the heavy spell book landing on top of her a moment after her back hit the floor. “Oww... Stupid thing...”
After pulling herself out from under the book, Yuna got back to her feet and gave her blue robes a quick brush down. Lifting up the book, which was easily almost half the size of her entire shrunken body, Yuna carried it to the center of the circular room. Playing the book down opened to the Dispel page, Yuna readied her simple wooden wand. Focusing her magical essence inward, Yuna waved her wand twice before giving the top of her head a gentle tap. “Dispel.”
There was a shimmer of green light that sparkled above Yuna's head for a moment, followed by a strange sense of warmth that seemed to build up in her stomach for just a second before vanishing. Lastly, several red lines streamed out from Yuna, crackling into nothingness just a few feet from her. Unfortunately, nothing followed the brief magical display and Yuna remained the same size. “Should work any second now” she assured herself. “Any second now...”
After about twenty seconds of repeating the words 'Any second now' over and over, Yuna's frustration finally forced it's way out of her. “Oh come on!” she shouted. “Why isn't this working?!” After reading the spell's instructions again, once again finding that she had followed them perfectly, Yuna gave the large book a furious kick, immediately regretting it as pain shot up through her leg. “Oww! Oww! Stupid thing!” With her eyes closed and her hands clasped around her aching foot, Yuna didn't notice the golden shimmering lights appearing above her.
As the pain in her foot began to subside, if only a little, Yuna opened her eyes to try and see if she somehow missed something on the Dispel page. However, barely two seconds into scanning the page, Yuna noticed something strange. She seemed to have to lift her head up a little more than she would like in order to see the top of the page. “Wait a minute...” she muttered to herself as her eyes ran up and down the opened spell book. “Why does the spell book... Look... Bigger?!?” Yuna's eyes and jaw flew open when she realized that, somehow, she'd gotten even smaller. Now barely the same size as the book itself, the little Yuna frantically looked around at the chamber's now massively towering walls. Her panicked heart racing, Yuna desperately turned the book back to the Grandeous Statueos spell, needing both hands to turn each of the huge pages. Unfortunately, she found nothing on the page that illuminated any reasons as to why she was still shrinking.
Desperate to fix her stature problem, the foot and a half tall Yuna rushed back to the desk. “There might be something in one of master's other books” she told herself before reaching the stool. Latching onto one of the stool's legs, Yuna tried to shimmy her way up it, managing to get a few inches off the ground before loosing her grip and falling backside-first onto the floor. While rubbing her aching butt, and regretting her decision to hold off learning flight magic until next week, Yuna picked herself off the ground. “Let's try this again...”
After five failed attempts to climb the stool leg, all resulting in her making her backside hurt just a little more, Yuna eventually managed to drag herself on top of the stool. Needing a moment to recover, and also celebrate her rather impressive athletic feat, Yuna flopped onto her back, her tiny body small enough to fit on the stool even with her limbs sprawled out. Once she felt she'd rested enough, Yuna stood and walked to the edge of the stool closest to the desk. Despite her diminutive size, it didn't look too far from the stool to the edge of the desk. It might be possible for her to jump it. “If I mess up though...” she gulped as her gaze fell to the hard wooden floor below. “Better get a running start.”
Yuna was thankful for her smart thinking as, despite putting all her effort into her jump, she just barely reached the desk, landing on her feet just an inch from the edge. A few moments of waving and wobbling was what it took for Yuna to regain her balance, and she quickly moved away from what would be a fatal fall.
Turning her attention toward the small collection of books lined across the back of the desk, Each one as tall as she was, Yuna hurried closer, hoping that at the very least one of them contained the a spell to reverse her reduction. “Maybe that one?” she pondered aloud as she read the spine of a bright red book. “Conjuring Cures for Magical Aliments... That might have something. I hope.”
Gripping the edges of the spine with both hands, Yuna slowly pulled the heavy book out, needing to put one foot up against another book to do so. “Come on... Stupid thing...” she grunted. Thanks to her small size, it took Yuna a good thirty seconds to pull the book free from the line. “Now... Let's have a-” Yuna's eagerness to open the book quickly turned to fear as the instant she tried, the quite large book started to tilt away from her. Apparently, the line the book was a part of was the only thing holding it up. Unable to do anything but watch, Yuna was nearly knocked off her feet when the heavy book slammed into the desk.
After freezing up for a few moments, afraid the very act of moving would cause the rest of the stacked books to fall over, Yuna let out a relieved sigh. “Alright... Now let's give this thing a read” she thought as she made her way around to the side of the cover. Using both hands, Yuna lifted the cover up as high as she could, needing to use every ounce of strength she had to simply open the book. Letting out one last grunt, Yuna threw the cover open before letting out an exhausted sigh. “That was tough...” she huffed as she closed her eyes and wiped sweat from her forehead, not noticing the golden shimmering lights briefly reappearing around her head.
When she opened her eyes, the lights now gone, Yuna tried to read the book's first page. It only took her a moment to notice something that brought on a terrible sinking feeling. “I'm even smaller?!” she gasped aloud, her body now barely half the length of the now enormous looking book. “What?! How?! Why?!” Panic gripping her, Yuna desperately wracked her brain for an idea as she paced back and forth once again. “Oh no... Oh no, oh no, oh no... Why is this happening? Is this going to continue? What if I don't stop shrinking?”
Glancing down, Yuna ran a finger across the small amulet around her neck. Given to her by her master, Yuna could use the quite beautiful decoration to contact her magical mentor at anytime, and vice versa. Should she contact her master? It would be incredibly embarrassing and Yuna was sure her master would probably punish her for reading her master's secret book of spells. Then again, she was sure her master could fix this problem and all it would cost Yuna was an apology. A long, long apology... “I've got no choice...” she sighed. “I've got to-”
“Meow?” Yuna questioned, confused as to why in the world she'd have to do such a thing. A second meow, sounding quite loud and nearby, caused Yuna to freeze up when she realized what must've been right behind her. Slowly turning her head, Yuna found her worst fears confirmed. Behind her was her master's newest familiar, a small tabby kitten that was now the size of an elephant, comparatively speaking. “Oh... Hello Mister Mittens... What brings you here?”
Mister Mittens let out a quiet meow as he went from a sitting position to laying on his stomach, his paws curling in slightly as if he was preparing to pounce.
Knowing exactly what to do, Yuna threw up her arms. “Hey!” she shouted. “No! Bad kitty!”
Startled by the tiny Yuna, Mister Mittens leaped backwards as his fur poofed out.
“Let that be a lesson to you” Yuna growled, a pleased smirk on her face as she crossed her arms. “Now then I need to-” Yuna quickly cut her sentence short when she noticed several small shimmering lights appear around her head. “What are those?” Suddenly, the lights flickered out of existence. “That was strange. Now then...”
Mister Mittens let out another meow, this one sounding louder and much deeper than the previous meows.
After letting out a sigh, Yuna turned her attention back to the kitten, throwing up her arms and getting ready to tell the familiar off. However, she quickly found herself unable to speak a word when she noticed Mister Mittens had somehow doubled in size and was now looming over her. “Huh...” a quick scan of her surroundings revealed to Yuna that, once again, she'd shrunk down once again. “Oh dear... H-hey Mister Mittens... Y-you know I w-was only kidding when I c-called you a bad kitty right?” When Mister Mittens suddenly prepared to pounce, Yuna quickly tapped her thigh with her wand and whispered two words. “Fleet Foot...” Like a bolt of lightning, Yuna took off across the now vast wooden desk, Mister Mittens quickly chasing after her.
“This sucks! This sucks!” Yuna screamed as terrified tears poured from her eyes. Snatching her amulet up in one hand, Yuna screamed into it. “Master! Master help!” Yuna was forced to dive to the side when Mister Mittens tried to slam his paw down on top of her. Springing back to her feet, Yuna found herself barely a few inches from the desk's edge, the enormous kitten mere moments away from catching her. “Help! Help! Help!”
“Enough!” a woman's voice suddenly snapped, scaring both Yuna and Mister Mittens stiff.
“Master?!” Yuna gasped as she and the familiar frantically glanced around. “Master where are you?”
Suddenly, a woman no bigger than a few inches appeared laying atop Mister Mittens' head, one boot in the air as she rested her chin on her palms. On her head she wore a curved, pointy purple hat, angling it just enough so that her smirk could be seen. “Right here Yuna” the sorceress snickered, easily able to stay balanced thanks to Mister Mittens being too terrified to move. “You look like you're having a LITTLE trouble.”
As the sorceress' snickering increased in intensity, Yuna rolled her eyes and put her hands on her hips. “Not funny” she sighed.
“Oh Yuna” the sorceress giggled. “You really need to GROW your sense of humor.”
“Not funny” Yuna growled as she clenched her trembling fists.
“This looks like a very SMALL problem you've got here” the sorceress cackled, tears of joy pouring out of her eyes.
“NOT FUNNY!” a furious Yuna snapped, her fury quickly changing to fear when she felt her master's hand upon her shoulder. Glancing back, Yuna nearly jumped out of her skin when she saw her master now standing behind her, a wicked smirk on her face.
“Oh but it is funny” the sorceress giggled. “Yuna... Why did you think it would be a good idea to go through my most private book of spells? Did you not think I would have a little 'insurance' attached to it?” Hearing her apprentice gulp nervously brought a smile to the sorceress' face. “I put a reversal enchantment on that book. Anyone other than me who reads from the book will find every spell they cast reversed. Therefore... That silly little height increase spell you cast...”
“Will actually shrink me...” Yuna finished in an annoyed grumble. “And the Dispel I cast to get rid of it...”
“Only enhanced it” the sorceress snickered as she gave leaned forward, resting her arms and then chin atop Yuna's head. “I hope you've learned your lesson Yuna. Touching other people's property without permission is wrong.”
“I know...” Yuna sighed. “I'm sorry master.”
“Apology accepted” the sorceress said with a smile before snapping her fingers. Both the sorceress and Yuna suddenly vanished, reappearing on the floor just a few yards away from the desk.
Yuna let out a relieved sigh when she realized she was back to her normal size. “Oh thank you...” she said, only for her relief to be quickly turned to irritation when her master, who was also back to her normal height, to give her a super tight hug.
Thanks to the sorceress' impressive stature just shy of six feet, the simple act of a hug nearly buried Yuna in her chest. “You're most welcome” the sorceress giggled, ignoring her apprentice's muffled cries of protest. “Don't worry Yuna. I won't let anything happen to someone so cute.” Suddenly, a curious expression appeared on the sorceress' face and she loosed her grasp, allowing Yuna to take a much needed breath. “Yuna I have to ask; Why did you want to make yourself taller anyway?”
“I... I just wanted to get a little respect...” Yuna said, averting her eyes in shame. “That's all...”
“And you think a little height would give you more respect?” the sorceress asked, without a hint of sarcasm in her voice. When Yuna slowly nodded, a big smile appeared on the sorceress' face. “Well... I suppose after what you went through, I can help you get all the respect you could ever want.”
Yuna's eyes lit up for a moment before returning to a more concerned width, one eyebrow raising up slightly. “Wait... What does that mean?” she questioned as she stared up at her master's smile.
Snapping her fingers, the sorceress took a few steps away from Yuna. “Enjoy” she giggled before snapping her fingers a second time, causing her and Mister Mittens to vanish completely.
A strange tingling feeling overcame Yuna and she glanced down to her right hand, where the tingling seemed to be the most intense. A second later, her hand suddenly bulged out, becoming four times it's size in an instant. “Oh no...” was all the terrified Yuna could mutter before her entire body suddenly started to do the same. “Not funny...” she grunted as she quickly found herself pressing against both the roof and the floor of the chamber. “Not funny!”
Outside, atop a small hill, the sorceress stared at a large circular tower in the valley below, Mister Mittens resting comfortably in her hands. A little giggle escaped her lips as she watched the now gargantuan limbs of her apprentice explode out of the tower, followed by Yuna's head erupting from it's top. “I'll gladly take the extra hour to restore my tower with time magic if it means Yuna will stop going through my things” she said before glancing down at her cat. “Well Mister Mittens. How long do you think I'll have to leave her like that for her to learn her lesson?” When the kitten simply meowed once, the sorceress smiled and nodded. “All day? So be it.” Turning her attention back to her now crumbling tower, the sorceress couldn't help but laugh as her colossal, and very annoyed, apprentice appeared within the towering dust cloud.
“NOT FUNNY!” Yuna's voice boomed, causing the entire valley to shake.