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The Wizard

The wizard has lived in the tower for a very long time, he is old and he is weary.

 

He will not help the boy.

 

The boy is young and inexperienced, but he learns fast and works hard. He asks only to be taught how to strike against the Darkness, as the prophecies demand.

 

The wizard sets the boy to menial tasks, he sends him to gather wood in the forest, or lay another coat of paint on the towers exterior. He makes the boy clean out his stable. He sends him on long pointless errands, and offers nought but discouragement.

 

The boy perseveres and, in time, begins to see wisdom in the wizard’s demands. He believes that he sees how they make him stronger, how they test his resolve. The boy shows nought but determination.

 

Eventually the wizards acquiesces, he gives the boy a sword and tells him the secrets. He speaks of dragons, of werewolf haunted forests, of dangerous swamps, icy tundra, and treacherous ravines. Most of all, he warns about the Darkness.

 

The boy takes the sword. The sword is notched and battered, it is dented, and the binding is charred, but it is unmistakeably the sword from the prophecy. It is the sword that will slay the shadow.

 

The wizard hopes that the boy is the hero of legend, the Wolf of Autumn, a just and glorious saviour, praised by happy smiling children for millennia to come. After all, it is prophesised.

 

The boy knows that he is the one. The hero, who will right the world, and avenge his family. He will bring a light into the darkness, which will burn for millennia to come. After all, it is prophesised.

 

The wizard thinks of the other boys who found the tower. The ones he could not drive away, the ones who lie crushed and burned, drowned and frozen. He remembers children who now run with the wolves in the woods, children who now serve the Darkness.

 

The boy leaves the tower, he fears the road ahead, a little, but he is resolved. In his mind’s eye he already sees the sword shattering the Darkness. Beyond that, he sees pennants and princesses, a bright shining future stretching ahead.

 

The wizard has lived in the tower for a very long time, he is old and he is weary.

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