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The Wizardville Rescue
By Peter Collins
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The Story Begins
One summer Saturday morning, Andy finished his chores early and decided to ride his bike to town. Along the way he was to stop and meet up with one of his best friends who lived a short distance away. His mother packed him his favorite lunch of peanut butter and honey sandwiches, carrot sticks and an extra apple for his friend. He packed the lunch away in his backpack. His mother also gave him some money to buy something sweet as a special treat as he had worked extra hard on his chores that morning. As it was a hot summer day, he looked forward to buying a nice dish of cookie dough ice cream – his favorite!
As he was riding down the road that led to town, he saw a shimmering, misty, foggy, floating column of light off to the side. At first he was a little afraid of it and kept his distance. Then curiosity got the better of him and as he got closer, he could feel the coolness of the air. When he reached out to touch it, he was immediately surrounded by the mysterious mist!
"What was happening?" he thought.
When the cool foggy mist cleared, Andy found himself in a very different place.
The grass was brown and dried up, the flowers were drooping, leaves were falling from the trees, and the sun was covered by a thick smoky looking cloud.
"What is this place?" he wondered. He had never seen anything like this before.
Then he noticed a strange looking house with a strange looking man who was calling out to him. The house had odd shaped windows, a crooked chimney, a large door, and two tall towers. Andy was unsure of what to do, but moved closer to hear what the man was saying. As he got closer, he could see that the man had a kind, worn face, was dressed in long robes and wore a large colorful hat. His clothing was covered with various shaped stars and other different symbols. He was also carrying a strange shaped cane like object that looked like it was carved from a knobby tree branch. The cane also had symbols carved all over it. Who can this be? thought Andy.
The Wizard's Tale
"Welcome! I am the good Wizard of North Valley. I hope you have come to help me. My magic Orb has been stolen by the evil witch of South Valley."
"The Orb is a round, lighted magical ball. It provides life to our kingdom and must be returned to restore beauty to our land. Without it, we will all perish."
The Wizard invited Andy into his magic shop and showed him the empty stand where the Orb used to be.
The shop was filled with many interesting things such as maps, old books, a large candle and a tall shelf with many curious looking bottles. There was also a large round object on the shelf with strange markings. The Wizard then said "I must not leave my magic house to help recover the Orb as I need to remain on guard in case the wicked witch returns. There are many magic spells here that must not fall into the wrong hands. Can you please help me?
"Why yes, I would love to help, but what can I do?" Andy asked.
The Wizard then said "You must travel to the witch of South Valleys' castle, find the Orb and bring it here, to its' rightful place."
Then he provided a map which would help Andy find his way. He also explained that the bottles were really magic vials and let Andy pick three of them from his magic shop.
"Use the magic vials only when you have no other choice. The journey will have many unknown dangers and challenges which you will need to overcome. Beware, as the wicked Witch controls many creatures and they will do everything possible to make you fail!" said the Wizard.
There were many vials to choose from, but they were only marked with names. There was no further description as to the magic they may contain so choosing was difficult and uncertain.
Andy finally picked three vials labelled:
Light of Lights
See Me Not
He put them in his backpack and then started on his way, uncertain of what they could do, but trusting the Wizard and his promise that they would come in handy.
The Journey Starts
The path seemed easy enough, but shortly Andy came to signs that showed the trail splits in two.
The map showed that the mountain pass will be a harder climb, but may provide a better view of the journey. The River Road trail would be cooler, shady, but looked to be longer.
"Which way should I go?" he thought.
Andy decided the mountain pass trail was the best choice and started up the steep, narrow, winding path.
As he continued on his way, he noticed a strange looking bird circling high in the sky, but thought nothing of it.
Andy continued up the trail, hoping he would soon be at the top.
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