Dozy Dave Gets It Right - We are all good at something
David was known as Dave the Dozy Wizard. He had been at the Merlin's School for Magic for two years and failed Basic Magic twice already. Dave said "I can't get my head round it". He was about to embark on his third year and could not understand why he had not been kicked out by now. A friend said it was because he was such a nice and honest young wizard and no one had ever been kicked out before.
You know there is a saying "If anything can go wrong, it will go wrong". Well that applied to Dave during Basic Magic lessons. Every lesson teachers and classmates reminded him how rubbish at magic. No matter how many times they said this to him, he got no better.
David got very disheartened and started to hate Basic Magic. He felt no one gave him any encouragement. David wanted some kind words or help but all he got was ridicule.
The problem started when David was given his first magic wand. The class was shown how to do a simple exercise. It was to cast a conversion spell. Dave messed it up big time. He converted is magic wand into a limp stick of celery with leaves sticking out the top.
David's teacher tried to turn it back into a normal wand but could not. So his dad tried and he failed as well. In fact all the other wizards, including the Elder Wizards, could not turn the limp celery with leaves sticking out the top back to a normal magic wand.
David thought it was a good spell because it was a permanent spell. The one and only good thing was that the celery did not get any limper and did not rot to mush. But the limp celery with leaves sticking out the top could never point in the right direction when he was making a spell.
But to make things worse it appeared that Dave could never get a spell right. Once he turned his baby sister, (Isabelle), into a scarlet pumpkin. He thought she looked funny as a bright red pumpkin, but his mum wasn’t amused. She screamed and screamed as she thought that Isabelle was going to be like the limp celery with leaves sticking out the top. A change that nobody could fix. Luckily the Highest of the Elder Wizards of the village broke the spell. And his sister turned back to normal.
Soon after this the village came under attack from a Magic-Proof Monster. It was like a winged dinosaur, some said it was a dragon. The Magic-Proof Monster smashed through buildings and grabbed villagers to eat for dinner. The villagers lived in fear, as they were powerless. The Highest Elder Wizard’s spells were useless. The Council of Elder Wizards combined their best magic power, but nothing stopped the Magic-Proof Monster.
Dave began to see the monster as his problem. He was the only person in the village that had ever cast a magic spell so strong that it could not be broken. He visualised conquering it. The saw himself as being the village hero. Dave wanted to be accepted in a way that nobody had accepted him before. In this quest he spent hours and hours in his father’s shed. He was practicing all the magic spells to create the perfect one to slay the Magic-Proof Monster.
One night he decided he was ready and snuck out of the house. In his hand was the limp stick of celery with leaves sticking out the top magic wand. There were no other villagers out so the Magic-Proof Monster soon turned up. The rest of the villagers were all hiding in their houses or cellars. They could hear the monster’s earth shaking footsteps as it walked by.
They sighed with relief as it left them alone but wondered whose home it might target next. Some looked out their windows and saw Dave standing in the road. He was looking at the Magic-Proof Monster and holding his limp stick of celery with leaves sticking out the top. The villagers held their breath in fear.
Dave pointed his limp celery with leaves sticking out the top at the Magic-Proof Monster. he took a deep breath and called out some powerful magic words. There was a bright flash of lightening from his limp stick of celery with leaves sticking out the top. It went straight up into the air. It hit a flying owl and blew its tail feathers off. Looking very surprised the poor owl spun out of control and plummeted to the ground with thump. This encouraged the Magic-Proof Monster to stomp closer to Dozy Dave.
The villagers shouted for Dave to run away. He might be Dozy Dave but nobody wanted to see him get eaten by the Magic-Proof Monster.
David drew himself up to his tallest and shouted out the spell again. The lightning shot from his limp stick of celery with leaves sticking out the top, and struck the steeple on top of the village church. It crashed to the ground and hit three houses. “Oh, no,” screamed people from their windows. “Dozy Dave is doing more damage than the Magic-Proof Monster.”
But Dave had a secret plan up. He knew that he was not good at magic, and he was fighting a Magic-Proof Monster. He had to do something that did not rely on magic that couldn’t work.
Dave looked at his magic wand made of limp celery with leaves sticking out the top and threw it in the air. As he did so he shouted another magic spell - "Celeryum Hardus Rockum". The Magic-Proof Monster's jaws snapped forward to catch the magic limp celery with leaves sticking out the top wand. And it bit hard to into it. Dave heard the Magic-Proof Monster's teeth start to crunch and break. The monster looked startled - after all it was a Magic-Proof Monster. That was what Dave was hoping for. The Magic-Proof Monster started to jump up and down and running about with bad tooth ache. Dave saw his chance. When the monster was close enough for Dave ran in to deploy his secret weapons. He threw a bunch of over-ripe bananas under each of the Magic-Proof Monster's massive clawed feet. The Magic-Proof Monster slipped and fell heavily and hit its head on the hard ground, and knocked itself out cold.
Dozy Dave had worked out that the Magic-Proof Monster relied on people only trying magic to defeat it. Nobody ever tried non-magic ways to overcome it.
After all Dave was very good at doing things without magic - he did not rely on it like everyone else in the village.
The villagers ran out and quickly tied down the unconscious Magic-Proof Monster. When they moved the toothless Magic-Proof Monster. They did not find a limp stick of celery with leaves sticking out the end. They found a solid gold magic wand with the inscription etched along its length. David High Wizard and Guardian of Common Sense.
If you ever to visit that village of wizards. You will see a statue of a hero standing where the Magic-Proof Monster fell. It is of a young boy named David holding a limp stick of celery with leaves sticking out the end in one hand and a bunch of bananas in the other.
And if you look into his eyes and he can see magic in you he will give you a wink and a smile.