Michael’s challenge this week:
This week something different. Write your response to the topic, “Library of the Imagination”. What creative response can you make to this prompt?
It could be a reflection on your own creative process, a story in itself, be it fiction or not.
Paulie was interested in dragons and his Grandad said he knew just the book to read.
Deep at the back in a secluded corner of the old house, the old man reached up and removed a dusty book from the second highest shelf.
Together they sat down to read.
From the first chapter, dragons, witches and wizards came out of the pages, alighting on the paper to peer over Paulie’s chubby fingers and enhance the story as it progressed.
Paulie was mesmerised by the magic, and the twinkle in his Grandfather’s eye suggested there was more to this book than a fairy tale.
Within half an hour, Paulie was transported into the land of these giant reptiles, and unafraid he learned they were not the demons he had originally believed them to be.
He was given rides along rivers, round mountains and up into the clouds, hanging on to silky feathers atop shiny scales, secure and safe on the backs of his new friends.
Everyone he met was friendly and kind, living in harmony and benefiting from each other with no squabbles.
It was such a perfect world, Paulie wanted to stay, but a shrill call of DINNER! from his mother brought him back to reality with a bump, as if he’d fallen off his graceful steed.
His grandfather returned the book from whence he’d found it, and told Paulie that they would sit down to read it again one day.
Paulie was full of his adventure at the dinner table, and recounted his journey as his parents nodded absentmindedly. His enthusiasm hadn’t diminished by bedtime, and as he was getting undressed, he felt something in his pocket and pulled out a shiny scale.
His blue eyes rounded in awe as his grandfather smiled knowingly.
The next time they sat down to read the book, Paulie would be older than his imaginative five years and the story would be different.
That was the thing with being a Wizard, the magic is real and he could make the story come to life.