Published on 2011/10/02

The World within the Magic Glasses

Rachel Woolsey

1

I gazed out the window of our Chevy pickup truck. Today, I was supposed to be getting a new pair of glasses. My old ones accidentally got smashed at school. So my mom was taking me back to the eye doctor to get my new ones.

Anyway, when we arrived, my mom and I got out of the truck and entered a red, brick building.

Once inside, I went over and signed my name at the front desk. I then sat myself down on a wooden chair in the waiting room. Shortly after, my name was called. So I got up and went over to the assistant, who handed me a pair of shiny, new glasses. They were light, navy blue and square framed. Quickly, I tried them on.

“How are they?” my mom asked.

“They’re okay, but my eyes still need to adjust to them,” I replied, fiddling with them.

My mom thanked the assistant and the two of us left the building.

As soon as my mom and I got home, I raced toward the house. But as I was about to make it up the front step, I suddenly stopped in my tracks. There, directly in front of me, was a strange animal, a fox. And the weird thing about it was its color. The fox was completely blue all over. On top of that, its eyes were the color of silver. I froze, staring at it.

“What’s the matter?” my mom asked.

“Don’t you see it?” I answered.

“See what?”

“The fox!” I pointed.

“Honey, are you okay?”

I didn’t say anything. What could I say? After all, I was looking at a blue fox. Was I hallucinating?

“Come on, let’s go in the house!” my mom gestured.

My mom went on into the house, but I didn’t move from my spot. I just stared at the fox and it stared back at me. My head then began to hurt. It was the strain from my glasses. I wasn’t used to wearing them. So I took them off. As I did so, I could no longer see the fox, even though my vision was blurry. I could still distinguish my surroundings.

Thinking that I must have been seeing things, I put my glasses back on. In doing so, I jumped back in surprise as I spotted the blue fox again.

When I saw the fox again, I decided that there was only one way to find out if I was really seeing the fox or not. I had to touch it. Slowly, I approached the animal.

“Are you real?” I whispered as I stretched out my shaking hand.

“Are you?” asked the fox.

Shocked, my mouth dropped open and I jerked my hand back. I couldn’t believe what I had just heard. I wasn’t expecting this.

“You, you can talk!” I sputtered.

“Yeah and I can walk too!” it replied. “How is it that you can see me?”

“What?”

“Well, humans aren’t supposed to be able to see Nightreons.”

“Who are Nightreons?”

“Why you’re looking at one!” said the fox. “I’m a Nightreon.”

“No offense, but you look like a fox.”

“I’m a magical fox.”

“You are?”

“Seeing is believing, right…?”

“I suppose so.”

“So, why couldn’t you see me before?” he questioned.

“How do you know what I can see?”

“I’m here a lot and you’ve never been able to see me before,” the fox remarked.

“Yes, but…”

“So, why now?” wondered the fox, examining me.

“I don’t know,” I shrugged. “There’s nothing new about me, except that I got some new glasses.”

“That’s it!”

“What is?”

“That’s what’s different!”

“Different?”

“Yes, but it doesn’t explain where the magic comes from.”

“Pardon?”

“Well, how else can you see a Nightreon?” he demanded. “It can’t be done without magic!”

“It can’t?”

“No, I don’t see how it could be possible!”

“So… why are you over here all the time?” I asked, changing the subject.

“So that I can keep track of you humans,” the fox answered. “I can smell humans who have magic less than a mile away.”

“But that doesn’t explain why you’re over here all the time.”

“Sure it does.”

“How?”

“Simple, I’m always making my rounds,” he said. “It’s my duty to check up on humans who have magic.”

“Why?”

“Well, humans that obtain magic are usually unstable.”

“Why do you say that?”

“Because humans get sidetracked by the silliest things.”

“Like what?” I crossed my arms.

“Look, I don’t mean to offend you, but it’s just not good to give a human magic.”

“Oh really?”

“Yes, so I would really appreciate it if you would just give me your glasses.”

“What!”

“You heard me.”

“I’m not giving you my glasses!” I shouted. “Besides, what harm is there in seeing you?”

“A great deal!”

“Oh really?”

“Yes, I will be punished if I don’t report any magic that a human possesses.”

“Who do you report to?”

“Prince Dimwit.”

“Prince Dimwit?”

“Yes, now hand over the glasses!”

“Come on, be reasonable.”

“I am being reasonable!” proclaimed the fox. “So give me the glasses!”

“But if I give them to you, how will you carry them?” I asked.

“With my mouth!”

“And I thought you were a Nightreon.”

“I am!”

“So, why aren’t you using magic to get them?” I demanded. “Since you want them so bad…”

“For your information, my magic doesn’t work that way,” he announced. “I can avoid human senses, sense magic, and teleport.”

“Is that so?”

“Yes, and right now I’m planning to get those glasses!” announced the fox. “And then I’m going home!”

“Where’s home?”

“Far far away from here, so there’s no chance of you going there.”

“You mean, you won’t take me.”

“Look, I’ve told you more than what you need to know,” said the fox. “So would you please hand me those glasses.”

“Only if you can catch them.”

I then sped off to get inside the house, but the fox was so fast that as I reached the front door, he leaped on me. Luckily, for me, my mom unexpectedly swung open the front door and startled the fox, causing it to fall off of me.

“Felice, who are you running from?” my mom asked me, eyeing around.

“Well, who do you think I’m running from?” I said, gasping for air.

My mom glanced around, but couldn’t see anything. Deciding that it was nothing, she motioned for me to come inside.

In haste, I scurried inside the house. However, the fox followed me inside, stalking me. As for my mom, she rushed off into the kitchen, leaving me alone with the fox in the entrance way.

“Give me the glasses!” growled the fox in anger.

“And what do I tell my mom?” I inquired. “That I’ve lost my glasses!”

“She’ll understand!”

“You know, money doesn’t grow on trees!”

Glaring at me, the fox sat down on the floor. He then bared his white teeth at me. I could see that he wasn’t going to give up.

“Oh, come on!” I cried.

“……”

“Don’t you at least like talking to me?” I asked.

“I’ll admit that you’re interesting, but I must report those glasses!” he barked.

“Why, who’s going to know?”

“Oh, trust me, there are ways,” he said, darkly.

“Like how?”

“Prince Dimwit has great powers.”

“Does he not like humans?”

“Look, I’m not going to keep this up all day!” remarked the fox. “So would you please hand me the glasses?”

“Why should I?”

“Because it will make my life easier!”

“Sorry, but that’s not a very good answer!”

But the fox wouldn’t reply back and just kept staring at me. Finally, when I could see that it was no use, I decided to give in. I took off my glasses and lowered them to the floor for the fox to take. Immediately, the glasses vanished. Shortly after, my mom appeared.

“Felice, I thought you were going to help me!” spoke my mom.

“I am!”

“Felice, where are your glasses?”

My checks began to turn beat red as I blushed. I knew that I was in trouble. What was I going to tell her?

“Well… they’ve seemed to have disappeared.”

“Disappeared?”

“Yeah, you see…”

“Felice, those glasses cost a fortune!” she hollered, cutting me off. “I want you to search this house until you find them!”

Therefore, I got on my hands and knees, searching for a pair of glasses that I knew I would never find.

2

An hour later, when I still couldn’t find my glasses, my mom sent me to my room. She was in an uproar. I’m sure she meant nothing by it. She was just disappointed in me because she thought that I had carelessly lost my glasses.

With a sigh, I sat on my bed, pondering. What was I going to do when my mom realized that my glasses were really gone? How was I going to get out of this mess?

Anyhow, as I sat there on my bed, something extraordinary happened. My vision suddenly became clear. Out of surprise, I nearly fell off my bed. When I recovered from my shock, I turned my head to see the fox sitting next to me.

“I thought you were going to report my glasses,” I said in surprise.

“I was, but I’ve been thinking…”

“About what?”

“Well, it isn’t your fault that the glasses are magic,” he said. “And since I did get you into trouble, I’m willing to take a risk.”

“You are?”

“Yes, besides I enjoyed our conversation,” he responded. “But you must promise me something.”

“What?”

“That you must never tell anyone about me.”

“Okay, I promise.”

“Good, now that we’ve got that settled, I want you to go help your mother.”

“Okay, hey… wait just a second!” I said, stopping in my tracks.

“What, what is it?”

“Well, it’s just that… you never told me your name.”

“Oh, well… I suppose introductions are in order,” he replied.

“Good, so what’s your name?”

“Cobaltis.”

“Great, nice to meet you, Cobaltis!”

3

I kept my promise with Cobaltis and never told anyone about him. As a result, he would and visit me constantly. But one day something happened as I came home from school. Cobaltis was waiting for me in my living room, sitting in a green, cushioned chair.

“Hey, Cobaltis, what’s up?”

“A lot I’m afraid.”

“What do you mean?”

“Come with me and I will show you.”

“Where are we going?”

“To my home.”

“Wha-?

“Yes, you heard me.”

“But why?”

“Because I need your help.”

“I don’t understand,” I confessed. “How can I help you?”

“Come with me and I will explain.”

Before I could reject, Cobaltis’s eyes suddenly flashed brightly and the two of us disappeared.

When we reappeared, I found myself in a street surround by many buildings. The buildings were tall and gray and looked as if they were being squished together. Stunned, I was astonished to see how empty this place was.

“Where is everyone?” I asked.

“They are there!” pointed Cobaltis at a dull, square building.

“Is that where we’re going?”

“Yes, but we’ll have to sneak around back,” gestured Cobaltis with his head.

“Why?”

“Because there is a guard blocking the backdoor.”

“A guard?”

“Yes and you will need to knock him out for me.”

“Knock him out!”

“Yes.”

“Whoa, wait a second!” I held up my hands.

“What?”

“I don’t understand!” I said. “Besides, you said you would explain!”

“Oh, I’m sorry,” apologized Cobaltis. “I’ll quickly give you a brief summary.”

“Good.”

“Okay, Felice, basically what’s happened is that Prince Dimwit has gone insane.”

“Really?”

“Yes and he has ordered his troops to imprison his civilians,” informed Cobaltis.

“Wow!”

“Yes and he claims that they are horrid and repulsive because they don’t obtain magic like him.”

“Huh, but I thought all Nightreons have magic?”

“No, I’m afraid not,” shook Cobaltis. “Which is why I need your help to take out the guard, so that I can free the civilians,” explained Cobaltis.

“But why can’t you just teleport them to safety?” I asked.

“Because I can only teleport one at a time,” he clarified. “Besides, it will take too long and I will surely be caught.”

“Oh.”

“Right, so I need you to knock out the guard.”

“Okay, but I don’t know if I’m the right person for the job.”

“You’ll do just fine,” assured Cobaltis. “Now, we must hurry!”

So, at a fast pace, I followed Cobaltis behind the square building where the civilians were being kept. When we got to the backside, I saw the guard, which happened to be a monster.

From the waist up, the guard had the appearance of a wild boar. But from the waist down, he looked as if he were half donkey. It was going to be tricky to take this guy out. What was I going to do? I then stepped out into the open.

“Hey, what are you doing out here?” I called out to the guard.

The guard turned and examined me. He didn’t know what to make of me.

“Who are you?” he bellowed at me.

“I’m a guard!” I said. “And I have orders to take your spot!”

“You have?”

“Yes, Prince Dimwit needs to see you!” I answered.

Fortunately, for me, the guard wasn’t all that bright. So he let out a grunt and left.

“That was ingenious!” exploded Cobaltis, coming out of hiding.

“It was?”

“Yes, I wish I had thought of that,” he commented. “But now we’ve got to open this door.”

So I opened the gray, metal door and Cobaltis entered inside. I would have followed Cobaltis in, but just as I was about to go on in after him, he stopped me.

“You wait out here until I come back,” he said. “I will need you to open the door when I get back.”

Nodding, I did what he said and waited outside the door. About a minute later, I heard scratching and jerked open the door. Cobaltis ran out with different creatures following behind him. Many of them were animals that were in shades of the most peculiar colors. For instance, I saw a black deer with white antlers and a plum, colored dog. Animals in a variety of colors that I would have never seen back home.

Anyway, Cobaltis then stood off to the side to talk to me while I held the door open.

“Felice, I want you to meet someone,” he said.

“Who?”

“I want you to meet Sari,” responded Cobaltis. “She is a good friend of mine.”

My eyes fell upon a small, red cat that had green eyes.

“Hi, it’s nice to meet you,” I said.

“No, it’s nice to meet you,” she answered. “The pleasure is mine.”

“Oh.”

“Yes, I am grateful for your help.”

“Really?”

“Yes, you have saved us all!”

Shortly after Sari said this, Cobaltis went back inside the building to make sure everyone was out. When he came back out, he got in front of the crowd of Nightreon citizens.

“Nightreons, we must hurry!” he said to the crowd. “The troops will soon find out that there is no one left in the building.”

Cobaltis said this with such urgency that I saw some of the animals shudder. Cobaltis then came around to me and Sari.

“Sari, I need you to guide the Nightreon civilians away from here,” he replied. “Felice and I will hold up the rear to make sure everyone stays together.”

With a nod from Sari, she rushed over to lead everyone else while Cobaltis and I took our positions in the back. Traveling, we hurried away from the buildings and found ourselves wondering into a green valley. Just as we entered the valley, I heard the sound of horns blowing.

“Oh no, they’ve figured out we’ve escaped!” cried Cobaltis to me. “We must move faster!”

“Where are we going?” I asked.

“Into a forest, which is just up ahead.”

“A forest?”

“Yes, if we can make it there, I know we’ll be able to get everyone away.”

And so, we trudged on. But as we were moving, I turned around and I saw, to my amaze, hundreds of troops chasing after us. The troops were composed of all kinds of monsters, such as flying pigs and creatures that looked like they could pass off as centaurs. Deciding that it was best not to look back, I faced the other direction and soon found myself entering into a forest.

Running and jumping, I avoided briers and decomposed sticks that crossed my path. I could hear the troops just behind me.

“Cobaltis!” I shouted. “Cobaltis!”

“What?” he cried.

“The troops are in the woods!”

“Yes, but we must keep moving!” he urged. “We have to make it!”

So I ran until I exploded out of the forest, coming to a clear-crystal river, which was so translucent that you could see the color of emerald fish swimming in it.

Anyway, on the riverbed, there were wooden rowboats. Examining them, I could see that there were at least twenty of them and they were just lying there, waiting for us to take off in them.

Therefore, the Nightreon civilians scrambled into the boats. One by one, they took off, rowing down the river. I was the last one to hop in a boat. Cobaltis had waited patiently for me. As soon as I was on, he gave the order and we rowed away.

The river moved quickly. It was so fast that I had to look back to see the troops, who were furious when they realized that they couldn’t reach us. Relieved, the Nightreon civilians and I traveled down the mighty river.

4

“Cobaltis, do you know where this river flows to?” I curiously asked.

“I’m afraid not,” he shook his head. “I don’t know anyone who has ever traveled along this way.”

“Really?”

“Yes.”

“But that’s so odd,” I commented.

“Why is that odd?” asked Cobaltis.

“It’s odd because you’ve traveled into my so world many times, but you’ve never really explored your own world.”

“Well, we’ve never had to explore more than what we’ve needed,” replied Cobaltis. “Besides, we use to live in your world.”

“Really?”

“Well, not me personally, but my ancestors did,” he said.

“Wow.”

“Yes.”

“So… how did they find this place?”

“Well, it was an accident,” explained Cobaltis. “Supposedly, the Nightreon ancestors found this place without meaning to.”

“Sounds crazy!”

“Yes, but it was an amazing find,” replied Cobaltis. “And to keep humans from ever finding this place, the Nightreons used their magic to protect it.”

“I see,” I nodded.

“Yes.”

“Well, now that you’ve explained to me why you don’t know where this river leads, I have another question.”

“And what is that?”

“Well, if Prince Dimwit is very powerful, why hasn’t he been able to stop us?”

“Because there are many different types of power.”

“I’m afraid I don’t understand.”

“You see, Prince Dimwit is limited in his powers just like me,” clarified Cobaltis. “He can only do so much.”

“So what can he not do?”

“Well, for one, he lacks knowledge.”

“Knowledge?”

“Yes, that is why we are able to outsmart him,” said Cobaltis. “Do you understand?”

“Yes, I see what you’re saying.”

With that thought in my mind, I remained quiet and peered down off the side of the boat into the water, watching the ripples.

5

Nighttime soon came while the Nightreons and I floated down the river.

“Wow, this must be the longest river ever!” I exclaimed.

“True, but there is a bright side to all this,” responded Cobaltis.

“What’s that?”

“That there’s no way that Prince Dimwit can get us.”

“Are you sure?”

Cobaltis raised his head to look at me. He pointed his ears in my direction.

“Look, I’m sorry,” I apologized. “I don’t mean to be offensive.”

“That’s okay, I understand,” nodded Cobaltis. “But, tell me, isn’t there something else that’s bothering you?” he asked a moment later.

“What do you mean?”

“I mean, is there something wrong.”

“Well, now that you mention it.”

“Yes.”

“Well, it’s just that…”

“Yes.”

“That I need to go home,” I finished in an uneasy tone.

“Now?”

“Well!”

“But, don’t you want to see what happens?” asked Cobaltis. “Besides, I really can’t take you home now.”

“Why not?”

“Because if I take you home, I won’t know where to appear when I want to come back here.”

“But can’t you just appear back on the boat?”

“I’m afraid not,” smiled Cobaltis. “I can only teleport onto a firm surface.”

“Oh.”

“Yes, otherwise I could end up zapping myself somewhere very unpleasant.”

“Oh.”

“Yes, so I’m terribly sorry,” said Cobaltis. “But you’ll just have to wait.”

6

The next day, I found that our boat wasn’t moving. And it was because we had reached land. Eagerly, I woke up Cobaltis.

“Cobaltis!” I hollered.

“What, what is it?” he asked.

“Look, Cobaltis!”

Sprinting into action, Cobaltis jumped up and rushed over to the new land where he found the rest of the Nightreon civilians.

In excitement, the Nightreons were running to and fro as they explored this new land, which was lush and green. It was a most wonderful place indeed, a place that was alive with vegetation. Gazing around, I felt peaceful.

“Can you believe it?” spoke a voice from below.

Looking down, I saw Sari. Her green eyes widened as she scanned the area. She had a pleasant look on her face.

“Isn’t this place fabulous!” she exclaimed. “It’s just perrrfect!”

“Do you think so?”

“I know so,” she replied. “Why do you doubt?”

“I don’t mean to doubt, but isn’t it still possible the Prince Dimwit will find you here,” I answered.

“Yes, but not if we can out think him,” she said. “He doesn’t stand a chance!”

I sure hope so. I thought to myself. But I wasn’t convinced.

Thinking hard, Cobaltis suddenly interrupted my thoughts.

“I suppose you want to go home now,” he suddenly said to me.

“Home?” questioned Sari.

“Yes, I must.”

“But why?” she asked.

“Because I have responsibilities,” I answered. “Besides, my mom is probably worried about me.”

“I see,” thought Sari. “Well, then I hope you will come back and visit us.”

“Don’t worry, I’ll make sure that she does,” remarked Cobaltis.

So, with a bright light, Cobaltis and I disappeared.

Several seconds later, Cobaltis and I reappeared in my bedroom. The sun had just come up and a stream of light was pouring in from one of my windows. I had to admit. It was good to be back home.

“Cobaltis, thank you for taking me home,” I spoke. “I hope you don’t think that I’m a worrywart.”

“Nonsense, I understand,” said Cobaltis.

“Good, because we, humans, aren’t as sidetracked as you think we are,” I joked.

“Yes, I can see that now,” he smiled at me.

Cobaltis stared at me for a good while. I wondered what he was thinking. What thoughts were hidden behind those silver eyes of his? Whatever they were, he kept them to himself.

“Well, I better go back now,” answered Cobaltis a minute later.

“Okay, I’ll see you later!”

A bright light then surrounded Cobaltis from head to foot. If I hadn’t known any better, I would have said that he was a star. Yes, as I watched. He reminded me of a star. And like a star, Cobaltis faded, vanishing away.


Rachel Woolsey is from Ozark, AR. She enjoys writing children stories, which are typically sci-fi, fantasy, and horror.