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sandra-crookCopyright – Sandra Crook

Releasing her hand he rushed the sculpture, clamoring aboard before she could stop him. At eight he didn’t know he shouldn’t touch the art. She reached out, stopping as a hand gripped her arm.

“Let him be,” the aged man smiled.

“He’ll break it!”

“No, he may be the one.”

Uncertainty gripped her chest as she watched her brother grip the handlebars, his eyes closed as fake motorcycle sounds escaped his lips. The crowd gasped when the fake engine roared to life.  The old man smiled.

“He has the magic, he will save us.”

  1. EagleAye says:

    Awesome. It’s important to keep the magic alive. Any chance the boy’s name was Arthur?

  2. Dear ST,
    I really like your story. It seems that you’ve transported us to a desolate place where the magic of childhood is rare. Nicely done.

  3. nightlake says:

    Wise old gentleman. a nice story

  4. Really a beautiful little story, about taking us back to childhood again- liked it very much.

  5. Sandra says:

    What a really beautiful idea! I liked this. Well done.

  6. Anne Orchard says:

    What a magical story. I think I might have left the ‘he will save us’ off the end and just finished on the magic, but that’s only my thought 🙂 A very clever story (and far better to interact with the art – always.)

  7. zookyworld says:

    A sweet story, and I like the transition from the boy making fake motorcycle sounds to the magical ones coming alive.

  8. jwdwrites says:

    Great story turnip! Gave me goose bumps. 🙂

  9. Turnip great story, now what is he saving us from I wonder 🙂

  10. I enjoyed your story. Very sci-fi sounding.

  11. jenniesisler says:

    Wow not what I expected…you realize you have to tell us more now, don’t you?

  12. petrujviljoen says:

    There’s hope yet! For magical things to be allowed to happen. Lovely story!

  13. I had visions of ‘Yoda’… Very well written..! 🙂

  14. kz says:

    magical and mysterious! well done 🙂

  15. The Chosen One: From Luke Skywalker to Harry Potter to this kid! Tell us what’s next …

  16. Sarah Ann says:

    I love this, but save us from what? This has left me wanting much more.

  17. A modern-day sword in the stone. This one begs for a larger story. 🙂

  18. “…And a child shall lead them”…interesting. As with the others..I want to know more.

  19. elappleby says:

    sweet story, made me smile 🙂

  20. camgal says:

    That was sweet 🙂 “he maybe the one” lol I love stories like that.

  21. Joe Owens says:

    A salesman’s dream is for you to become one with the machine. It seems this boy is the rightful owner of the machine, able to use it to its full capability.

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