Aquatus and the Dark Sorcerer
26th October 2021
Written by Noah (Age 7, Co. Galway)
Translated by 龐啟真 張仁奎 王翔岳 李長軒 游政諺
Illustrated by 何驊臻 莊皓婷 錢欣伶 楊鎧憶 郭芷妤
Long ago, the River Aurania was a peaceful place. Aquatus the water centaur watched over all the creatures that lived in the river.
Aquatus was brave, strong and magical.
However, one day, a dark sorcerer came to live beside the river. He was rude, unfriendly and he didn’t like his new neighbours one little bit.
Every night when he finished with his spell-making, the sorcerer poured the gunge from his cauldron into the clean water of the river.
The river got dirtier and dirtier, and the fish, birds and otters became very sick. Aquatus noticed all of this and he knew that this was the work of the dark sorcerer.
Aquatus stormed into the dark sorcerer’s house and shouted, “What have you done?! You’re destroying the river!”
The Dark Sorcerer laughed. “They call me The Dark Sorcerer, don’t they? So, I’m going to make your river so filthy that all your annoying little friends will go away.”
“We’ll see about that,” Aquatus muttered.
The next day, Aquatus had a plan. He sent a message to the Dark Sorcerer that read: I challenge you to a duel today at three o’clock. Don’t be late!
At three o’clock, the Dark Sorcerer left his house but couldn’t see Aquatus anywhere! He sailed his boat into the river to try to find Aquatus.
Suddenly, the whole world began to spin…he was caught in a whirlpool!
The Dark Sorcerer sank further and further into the water and then finally saw Aquatus on the bottom of the riverbed.
“I knew you’d come out here!” Aquatus jeered. He spun his arm and the whirlpool spun even faster.
The Dark Sorcerer yelled, “This isn’t over!” as he disappeared.
The whirlpool cleaned up the river and all was well once again.