This is a magic and, therefore, relatively weird story. It was created and developed by my grandsons, Vlad and Radu, while the three of us were playing a cards story-telling game. This is the result. They read and approved of what I wrote. I hope for the time when they themselves will be actually writing the story.
Once upon a time there was a bad witch who was greenish and very mean. Her name was Greedy, don’t ask why. She had a cat, as most witches do, and lived in a place protected by a blue door. Greedy had put a curse on a beautiful and rich kingdom called Altar. She would have loved to have the kingdom of Altar all for herself, but even her evil spells could not make the good people of Altar accept her as their ruler. So, she placed one of her aficionados as the ruler of Altar. This puppet ruler was a frog which had a beautiful ring with a precious stone. The precious stone had in it a tiny fairy which could escape from the stone during the night when she did her best to undo the many evil things Greedy had been doing during the day. The tiny fairy, called Nemesis, because she loved justice and would not find her peace until she brought it to the people in need, had a magic wand and she was an ardent defender of Altar and its inhabitants. Through Nemesis’s good spells Altar was a wonderful place, full of sunshine during the day, a clear, starry sky during the night and many, many riches on the ground, underground and in its beautiful crystal-clear waters.
Actually, the beauty and richness of the kingdom of Altar was one of the main reasons Greedy had laid her eyes on it and placed her evil spells on all those who would fight against her, including placing Nemesis into the stone during the day. And so, the kingdom of Altar turned during the days in which Greedy was powerful into a gloomy place with lots of bad weather, damaging storms and bad rain and hail. Not really a place you wanted to live in. However, the inhabitants could not go away because they were kept prisoners by king frog who had grown many poisonous mushrooms in the area. Those were very special poisonous mushrooms: you needn’t really eat them to be made sick. No. These mushrooms would develop some invisible spores who when inhaled by the people of Altar made them submissive and hard working for their frog king and his mistress Greedy.
Somewhere in a forgotten and well-hidden corner of Altar there lived a good princess who was hidden and protected by fairy Nemesis. The princess was very wise because she had been reading the great book of wisdom and was learning all the good and useful things from it. Her only friend was a little mouse, who helped in many wonderful ways to make her lonely life bearable. The princess discovered that there was a key which could have saved the world, and therefore the kingdom of Altar as well, from Greedy and her frog king. But it was essential that Greedy wasn’t the first to find the key. So, the princess sent her little mouse to hide the tiny key into the dinner of her father, the old king Silly the third, who was kept by both Greedy and the frog king as a façade for their evil manoeuvrings.
The tiny mouse hid the key in the fish with the hope that Silly the third would find it and use it. As it happened Silly the third preferred to eat something else than fish which was really difficult to eat properly, with the right cutlery, in front of a respectful court. He obviously couldn’t find the tiny key which was thrown away with the left overs from the king’s dinner including the fish.
Larry the leprechaun, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, had just arrived in Altar brought over in one of the bags of a mule bringing supplies to Altar. As all illegal immigrants Larry was poor and starving, but lucky to find the leftovers. He started to eat and was almost ready to start on the fish when a hungry looking dog or maybe wolf suddenly jumped from a bush and swallowed the fish with the tiny key in it. All poor Larry had been left with were the fruit leftovers. He was happy to eat them all remembering how healthy it was to eat as many fruit and vegetables as one can get.
During this time Silly the third was talking to his good and loyal wife, queen Fiona, who actually was Greedy who had managed to take Fiona’s appearance in order to find out what happened with the tiny key. Little did Greedy know that she was watched all the time by an invisible dragon who was living deep down in a cave that Greedy thought was only hers. This dragon could spit fire on all those who would harm Silly and Fiona, but he could not undo the powerful spell that enslaved them and their kingdom Altar to Greedy.
Unfortunately, Greedy disguised as Fiona could not find anything useful about the tiny key. So she went back to her place beyond the blue door to start making another plan to discover where the key had been hidden and to finally get rid of all the good characters in this story such as Nemesis the tiny fairy, the wise princess looking for a way to free Altar, the kingdom of her parents, king Silly the third and queen Fiona, the mouse helping her and the invisible dragon protecting the good people.
As this is a story and strange things happen all the time you may want to know that the dog/wolf that had swallowed the fish and the key had an enchanted stomach in which the fish rematerialized together with key. The dog/wolf was so upset by this weird phenomenon which gave him some pretty strong discomfort that it started to cough strongly. So strongly that he vomited the fish and the key into the tiny stream on whose bank it was trying to rest. The fish found its way into the sea where it discovered a bottle with a strange message in it.
During this time Patrick, the Irish man, who was actually the reincarnation of Larry the leprechaun, appeared and wanted to go into the cave where the invisible dragon was living in order to make an alliance with the dragon and fight Greedy. He discovered Greedy’s cat and started to study how he could make the cat leave its comfortable place and help him discover the key which was to unlock all the mysteries, solve all the problems of Altar and defeat Greedy. Patrick whispered the word “fish” into the cat’s ear and, miraculously, or maybe not so miraculously if we remember how much cats love fish, Greedy’s cat jumped out of her comfy basket and ran all the way to the cave where, among many hanging and flying bats, well hidden in a dark corner, it found a bag and in the bag the tiny key.
“If you turn the key three times clock-wise and five times counter clockwise pointing towards the moon” – the message in the bottle had said – the spell would break and Greedy would become a prisoner in a small bottle from which she could no longer escape.
And this is what the cat and Patrick did.
And this is how the story ends – evil has been once again defeated and the kingdom of Altar with all its good people is thriving again.