Creating stories - 1


There was a gargoyle on the wall of a castle.  He had been turned to stone by an Evil Strawberry.

Every day, a handsome young man in a blue robe would walk past the castle. One day, the gargoyle spoke him saying, “Please release me from the spell! “  The gargoyle explained what had happened to him and asked the young man to free him.  If he agreed to help, the gargoyle promised he would give the handsome young man in the blue robe The Spoon Of Plenty, so that he would never want for food or wealth again.

However, the Evil Strawberry lived in another universe. There was only one way to enter it – via the stargate. Carrying a pink bag (the boy was open-minded!) the boy voyaged through the narrow hole (combined with improvised space-travel sound effects, I thought the use of the Chinese coin in this way was marvellous and magical.)  He entered the other universe and found the Strawberry and captured it inside the bag.

When he returned, passing back through the stargate, he came to the castle.  With the Strawberry, he was able to find the key to unlock the spell. Immediately the castle collapsed (the teller rotated the crown-ring upside down on her finger, hiding the crown! Another hugely inventive moment.)  The spell was broken! The gargoyle became a man again. He kept his promise and gave the boy the Spoon of Plenty.

A wolf found the strawberry and ate it.

Using random objects

See also TANGRAM stories as another starter, and creating stories with the Story Dice (more random objects)

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