First Effort

The first spell he cast, one could say successfully, although only in the broadest sense of the word, sent a lightning bolt from the end of his wand sizzling across the room, reflecting off a mirror, through an open window, and setting the aspen tree out front on fire. The fire department had little trouble containing the blaze and preventing damage to any structures, but they were quite puzzled as to where the lightning strike had originated on such a calm clear-sky morning. He spent the rest of the morning searching out the cat.