Is there a literary precedent for the scroll as a single charge spell device? I always assumed it was a Gygaxian extension of the basic logic of Vancian magic, but it occurred to me earlier today that maybe somewhere lurking in the seedy underbelly of Appendix N one could find a tale of derring-do that actually uses enruned paper that self-erases upon activation.
"Man, is there anything Jeff CAN'T do when it comes to gaming? This guy is like a critical 20 every roll. Jeff can bite the heads offa five game geeks, including their sorry-ass DM, and spit 'em into a large duffel bag ONE AT A TIME!...that's just the kind of messed up bastard he is! You think yer a gamer, punk? Well..do ya? Jeff will depants your weasel-ass right in front of your grandma."