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The Magic Ball
Written by
Gage

Art by Donna Ridgway



There was once a boy named Lenny. He was a very poor boy, very sad all the time. Then, one day, as he rummaged through a chest in his parents home, he saw a glowing ball.

"Ooh," he said, dazed by the beautiful thing.

The ball reflected shiny colors, shimmering in the dim light if his flashlight, spewing rainbows of color like a bubble on it's surface.

What does this do? he pondered. He cupped it in his hands, looking deep, deep, into the glowing center of it. Words glowed on the ball:

You have a choice:
Where do you want to go, or what do you want to do?


Lenny mouthed the words slowly, flickers of excitement shining in his eyes.

"I want to. . . ." he said. He considered this for a moment. "I want to go to Grandma's and Grandpa's."

The world suddenly slurred. It blurred and slurred and twisted and turned and spun and twirled and jumped and spurred and a whole bucket of ur's.

Then, he was at a small little house in a big field and his grandparents were waving.

"Hi," they called.

It's just an illusion, thought Lenny. More words appeared in the ball:

Two more wishes.
Where do you want to go, or what do you want to do?


I want to go to France, thought Lenny. He smiled. Then the Eiffel Tower loomed over him. People ate snails.

"Do you know where I am?" Lenny asked one man.

"Wee monsieur," the man replied. Then he spoke gibberish.

Again, more words in the ball:

What do you want to do?


World peace, thought Lenny. I want to make world peace. He was back home. He flipped on the news. No conflicts, no wars, no violence, nothing. He felt for the ball. It was not there.

I must go somewhere else.


The words sliced the air. He knew he had done the right thing. Lenny never saw the ball again.

* * *


Steven saw a ball in the attic. Words flowed in the center.

Ah, my new owner.
Where do you want to go, or what do you want to do?

The End


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Gage About the Author: Gage

Gage is a talented 13-year-old author from Florida. In his free time, he enjoys acting, video games, reading and writing stories. What inspires Gage is reading other great horror stories and wanting to make his own to inspire others.



Donna Ridgway About the Artist: Donna Ridgway

I feel this way about my art, it can be included in awards and shows and I'm glad. But what really matters to me, is to have my work speak to your heart. I enjoy hearing your comments, feedback and animal stories. Click Here to read more about Donna and her art.