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Leif Rideout, 10
Tolland, MA

The Wish

Leif Rideout, 10

Geese flew above Pete’s head. He craned his neck to look up at them, then decided to keep hiking. Pete continued on his walk through the woods. He soon found that he was lost. He did not know where to go, so he chose one direction and went that way. After about ten minutes, he found a box-shaped stone building. Pete went around to find a huge wooden door. He slowly pushed the door open. As soon as he went in, a small pocketman in a robe and pointy hat said, “Ah, I see you have stumbled upon my house.”

“Uh, sorry,” Pete said. “I did not know this was your house.”

“You do not need to apologize. What is your name, boy?”

“Pete.”

“Come inside, Pete. And if you were wondering, my name is Timothy.” Pete followed Timothy inside. “Sit down, if you please,” Timothy said. Timothy settled into an armchair and Pete sat on a stool.

“What’s with the robe and hat, Tim?” Pete said.

“I am a wizard, Pete. I have been since I was born,” replied Timothy.

“Cool! Can you give me wings?”

“If you would like, Pete. But first, I must know how you got here.”

“I was lost in the woods, and this was the first place I found.”

“I see,” said Timothy. “Are you sure you want wings?”

“Yes,” replied Pete.

Timothy pulled a wand out of his pocket. “Ready?”

“Yes!” Pete said.

“I suggest you close your eyes,” Timothy said

Pete closed his eyes. He heard Timothy saying a spell. A blinding flash of light came out of Timothy’s wand. “You can open your eyes now.”

“Whoa!” Pete said, opening his eyes. “Goodbye and thank you!”

Pete walked out the door of the stone house and flew into the sky.


Author's note: Because of coronavirus, we moved to our cabin in Western Massachusetts. I'm hiking in the woods a lot and that's one of the reasons I came up with the idea for this story. I think most people wish they had wings and could fly. But because of coronavirus a lot of people feel trapped inside and wish they had wings and could be free.

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