‘The Strange Old Wizard and His Wand of Silver’ – Kitty D, Year 10

Once upon a time in a land far, far away, there lived a wizard with his goblins in a small cottage. It was small and damp but it was the best they could do. The wizard was usually very grumpy, and the goblins worked for him day and night. The wizard dealt in magic potions, selling them hither and thither to anyone who might take a fancy to his strange potions and powders. You might think that because he sold such amazing magical things, he could afford an amazing castle with beautiful fountains and towers that stretched right up to the heavens. You would be right to think so, for this was true, however the wizard had been banished from his kingdom and left to rot in this dingy little cottage. Despite their misfortune the goblins still went about delivering the magic packages to all who wanted them and the wizard still concocted his magical creations. Every day the wizard would get up, make his favourite breakfast of frogspawn on toast, then set about making his magical potions to sell to all the land. Then at night, when the stars twinkled and the moon shone brightly, the goblins would go out to all of their loyal customers and deliver their packages and potions in exchange for gold, which they would take back to the wizard. One night however the goblins left with 10 potions and came back with only 9 pieces of gold! How could this happen? Where was the 10th piece of gold? When the goblins told the wizard he was furious! He waved his wand  in anger and shouted at the goblins, sending books and jars and stars and lizards and frogs and cauldrons and candles and hats and cloaks flying everywhere. This was just too bad. They needed to do something about this troublesome customer, and the wizard knew exactly what to do. The next day, after the wizard had made his potions, he made something very special for the goblins. It was a wand of silvery starlight and had a distant gleam of rubies and garnets, it had a wooden part, carved from the finest of oak and a case made of the softest leather. He told the goblins to go to the customer, and this device would have the magical power to instantly persuade them to give them the gold. So the goblins did what they were told and crept through the village to the house that had not paid the last night. They knocked in the door and a young man who they supposed was a carpenter came to the door. “give us our gold or we will bring out our special silver persuasion device, “ they said. The carpenter stopped and chuckled at the goblins “you fools,” he said snidely “you aren’t getting an ounce of my gold! I’m not giving it to you and what’s more is that I have hidden it, so you’ll never get your slimy fingers on any of it”. The goblins were displeased by this. How dare he take their potion and not pay for it! He was a thief! They grumbled and took out their sliver wand from its case. They swished it at the carpenter, just as the wizard had shown them.  He crumbled to the ground and magical streams of scarlet spurted out of him like beautiful birthday streamers. He had no time to speak before the streams descended into soft trickles of molten red. The silver wand had taken the carpenter away, he had paid for his terrible behaviour. The goblins finished their nightly rounds and trotted off back home to the wizard. He was very pleased with their work and gave each of them a goblin treat of sugared slugs. The wizard and goblins continued with their potion business and they all live happily ever after.