This is my effort in this weeks trifecta.
1: to affix a band to or tie up with a band
2: to finish or decorate with a band
3: to gather together : unite <banded themselves together for protection>
My mother and her two sisters had the reputation within their community of being witches.
My mother grew herbs and made a variety of concoctions to cure a multitude of ailments, from ingrown toenails to odd rashes from lying in the meadows.
Her sisters ran their own apothecary’s business. It was actually a front for their own black market business in underground covens.
One day when the three were discussing a new business venture, they were approached by two men, one of whom was obviously important and influential because of the glittery ornaments he wore.
Mother said she was overcome by a premonition of this man and his companion. Out of their mouths came strange promises, dangerous promises, that should never have been uttered.
Afterwards the three realised the terrifying nature of their words and promised to say nothing to another person.
The young man realised his premonition and went on to be a dreadful and feared ruler.
Bloodshed followed him everywhere.
But as blood begets blood the young man found himself back at my mothers ordering her to reveal more of his future.
Consulting her sisters my mother found they had a message, a message of hope and of dread.
The sisters under my mother’s direction decided to band together against this ambitious young man and forbid him to return to them as they feared more bloodshed and eventually their own reputations would be in tatters.
They told him that no man born of woman would harm him. This prediction they hoped would send him away in the knowledge that he was safe now from all harm.
Thus leaving them to get on with their busy lives.
Some time later mother heard from a travelling salesman that the young man had met an untimely death at the hands of his rival, a man born by caesarean section.