• She came out of the trees and into a small clearing. It was round and lined with trees, this seemed to be the only way open. Sitting in the middle was a man. He had white gloves on and was wearing a green suit. His top hat was purple, as were his shoes. A grin was placed upon his face. “Welcome!” he shouted suddenly, making the girl jump. “Who are you?” she asked, in a small voice. The man stood and bowed. “I have no name, but I am a magician.” He said cheerfully. The moonlight lit up the clearing so the girl could see the dimples on the man’s cheeks. The magician invited he rover to sit, and so she did just that. “What is a magician?” the girl asked. The magician’s smile got larger. “The better question is what can a magician do?” He said. “I can trick you.” He added. “No one can trick me.” The girl stated boldly. The magician smile got even larger, taking up half his face. “Is that a challenge?” he asked. The girl nodded at him, being sure she couldn’t be tricked by him. “We shall see.” The magician said.
    ““Answer me this riddle then, ‘my thunder comes before the lightning; my lightning comes before the clouds; my rain dries all the land it touches. What am I?’” The girl thought it over. “A volcano.” She said. The Magicians smile decreased a bit. “You are clever.” He said. “What is greater than God, more evil than the devil, the poor have it, the rich need it, and when you eat it, you die?” The girl looked at him. “Nothing. Because nothing is greater than God. Nothing is more evil than the devil. The poor have nothing. The rich need nothing. And when you eat nothing, you die.” The girl answered. The magician studied the girl carefully. “You are a clever one.” He said to her and stretched out his longs legs. The girl smiled cheerfully. “I will let you go tonight, but only if you promise to come back tomorrow, the same time for more riddles.” He said to her. The girl promised and went back home. She slipped into her house and snuggled into her bed.