The Magic Cow Part 3 - a Short Story

Updated on June 6, 2020
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Tim is a freelance writer, poet, artist and storyteller. He always tries to find and include lessons for everyone in his writing.

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We headed into the woods away from my mother’s house. We hadn't been on the road long maybe an hour or two before we ran into the first person needing my help. It was your usual damsel in distress.

She was blond haired, blue eyed about six feet tall. Kind of attractive in her own sort of way. Hey what am I doing? Before I could say anything she came up and embraced me. Such a tight grip for someone so skinny.

“I think I need to get some more exercise.”.

Althea laughed. “Welcome back hero.”

The girl broke her embrace.

I slipped Althea one of my, “I’m not amused looks.” She didn't care. I turned back to the girl.

“What can I do for you…”

“I’m so glad I found you. I have been searching high and low for you for over an hour.”

“What’s your name?

“My name is Wilda...I”m from Nazir.”

“How did you find me so quickly. I only just activated the...nevermind. I don't want to sound rude or anything but I am on a quest and must be on my way. So please state the nature of your request.” I looked over at Althea. A scowl creased her forehead.

“What?” I said as I threw up my arms.” We’re kind of in a hurry.”

“Don’t be so rude.” She scolded. “Let the woman state her case”

“Well,” She began.. “ My boyfriend was carried off by some golden colored soldiers and I need to get him back so we can be married.”

“It just so happens that is where we are headed to find the golden warriors. If we see your boyfriend we will free him and send him back.”

“May I go with you? That way when you free him I can throw myself into his arms and we can…”

“I am sorry.” I said holding back a laugh. “But no, it is much too dangerous for someone who is not trained or battle ready.”

“If it is because I’m a woman.” She pointed at Althea. “Well how come she can go then?”

“She is not really... “ I looked at Althea. She understood. She pointed at a tree and it blew apart.
“Ok never mind. You two have a good trip.” The girl scurried off up the trail.

We headed into the woods away from my mother’s house. We hadn't been on the, road long maybe an hour or two, before we ran into the first person needing my help. It was your usual damsel in distress.

She was blond haired, blue eyed about six feet tall. Kind of attractive in her own sort of way. Hey what am I doing? Before I could say anything she came up and embraced me. Such a tight grip for someone so skinny.

“I think I need to get some more exercise.”.

Althea laughed. “Welcome back hero.”

The girl broke her embrace.

I slipped Althea one of my, “I’m not amused looks.” She didn't care. I turned back to the girl.

“What can I do for you…”

“I’m so glad I found you. I have been searching high and low for you for over an hour.”

“What’s your name?

“My name is Wilda...I”m from Nazir.”

“How did you find me so quickly. I only just activated the...never mind. I don't want to sound rude or anything but I am on a quest and must be on my way. So please state the nature of your request.” I looked over at Althea. A scowl creased her forehead.

“What?” I said as I threw up my arms.” We’re kind of in a hurry.”

“Don’t be so rude.” She scolded. “Let the woman state her case”

“Well,” She began.. “ My boyfriend was carried off by some golden colored soldiers and I need to get him back so we can be married.”

“It just so happens that is where we are headed to find the golden warriors. If we see your boyfriend we will free him and send him back.”

“May I go with you? That way when you free him I can throw myself into his arms and we can…”

“I am sorry.” I said holding back a laugh. “But no, it is much too dangerous for someone who is not trained or battle ready.”

“If it is because I’m a woman.” She pointed at Althea. “Well how come she can go then?”

“She is not really... “ I looked at Althea. She understood. She pointed at a tree and it blew apart.

“Okay, never mind. You two have a good trip.” The girl scurried off up the trail.

We hurried off along the trail, no idea where we were going or what we were looking for but sure sooner not later something would come our way. Althea dropped out of sight. She left me alone trudging along the trail.

After a couple of miles my stomach started to grumble and my lips felt starchy. I rounded a bend in the trail and what before my wandering eyes should appear but Knor and Selda.

“I feared we would not find you sir druid.” Said Knor. “Now May we speak with you?”
“As long as you don’t try to hit me over the head again. My head still hurts from the last time.”

Knor looked at Selda then back at me. “What?”

Knor truly looked puzzled or was one good actress. I decided to go with my gut. “Let’s just say the last time...you hit me over the head and left me on the trail.”

“No, you blinked out on us before we…”

Now it was my turn to say, “What?”

“One minute you were there the next gone.” Said exclaimed.

“But when I woke up...my head hurt and I was lying…” I thought back. When I awoke I was on a different part of the trail. A new mystery for another time. I looked over at the two of them.

“So explain to me again one more time why you came looking for me when you knew I had not the sword anymore.”

“Well we came seeking the help of the druid sword bearer but when we got here and found you in the woods...well...no offense but we discovered you were just you. We wanted the brave druid who took on the demon Dracut at the Castle Dedham. The part I left out was on our journey….well we formed a plan to get you and your sword reacquainted.”

We sought out a place to sit down. Knor made some food and drink appear out of nowhere. We sat down and ate.

I had a burning question for Knor. “Why do you not just change yourself back to being human?”

She looked at me rather quizzically, anyway with her cow face I deemed the face quizzical.

She let out a snort. “As I said I transformed myself accidentally and under the circumstances I have not worked out a spell to change myself back.”

Just then Althea popped back in. “Are these the two who struck you down? I should smite them down for making me get back into the sword.”

I put my hand. “Nobody is getting smited. We had a little while you were out...just where’d you go anyway?”

Althea looked at me. I could see she really didn't want me to know where she was. I whispered to her. “You got a boyfriend angel?”

She blushed.

“We can hear you by the way.” Said Knor.

Althea and I looked at them. “We’ll talk about it later.” I said as I turned my attention back to Knor and Selda. “Now can you explain to Althea what we talked about while she was gone.”

We sat there as Knor explained the state of affairs to Althea. After she’d listened for a while Althea had heard more than enough. “So let me get this straight. The old magic is dying which is why your spell to transform back did not work.”

“Yes…” Said Knor.

“And if the old magic ceases to exist then all the other magic both good and black will exist also?”

“Right again.” Chimed in Selda.

Althea smiled. “I don’t see anything wrong...after all the world will be a better place…”

“Althea…” I tried to sound angry but I agreed with part of her argument. Without magic our world as we know would cease to exist. In the end we needed to save the magic.

.“Okay, okay,” Said Althea. “I was just saying...I mean you humans without magic...the horror of how the world would evolve.”

“So.” I said. “Where do we begin? I don’t even know where to start looking for the old magic.”

Althea looked at me. “What?” I said.

She shook her head. “Your mother. If anyone would know of the old magic it would be your mother.”

“Why didn’t I think of her.” I said. “”Maybe I did but didn't want to get her involved in all of this.”

“She is involved .” Said Knor. “If she is magical...which I assume she is. Then she needs to know before her magic fails her/”

“I guess you may be right.” I said.

“You guess?” Althea scolded. “I myself am not bound by the rules of magic in your world but are you not magical yourself?”

I looked at Althea. I knew she spoke in my best interest. Not just because I am her swordbearer but also because she calls herself my friend. She wanted what was best for me.
“Yes…” I said.

Knor and Selda looked at me.

“You’re magical?” Chided Knor. “Why did you not tell us?”

“Yes, I have a little magic inherited from my mother. My magic is marginal and I only bring the magic for in cases of emergency.”

“Magic is magic boy and as you know it will attract other magic.”

“Yes, I understand.” I said. I felt like I was getting a tongue lashing from my mother.

“So where does your mother reside?” Knor snapped.

“She is in Fairhaven…along with my friend Kyla and some others.”

“Well I guess we best be on our way to Fairhaven.” Chimed in Althea.

“It will take us the better part of two days to get there…” I said. We might run into some trouble between here and there.”

“We might lad.” Knor said. “We just might.”

The four of us headed straight down the road towards Fairhaven in the land of Ott. Fairhaven is not the top of my list for places to go. The King and Queen are there for one. Kyla and my mother are there for two.

Kyla and I were going to get married at one time which meant we would become the king and queen. Neither of us wanted to be head royalty. So we kind of broke up after my last adventure being guided by the Map of Filot. Mara, Kyla’s older sister certainly shunned royal life.

She donned rover attire and headed off into the woods. After she broke up with me. A long story for another time. Now every mile I got closer to Fairhaven brought out a lot of emotions I’d buried for a long time. I still loved Kyla in some ways and we still dated here and there but we made a pact if we found someone else there would be no hard feelings.

“I know you don’t want to go to Fairhaven.” Chimed in Althea as if she read my thoughts. “I’ll never understand human feelings like love.”

“Don’t angels love?”

“No, we are created beings. The capacity for human love was skipped from our makeup.”

I noticed she looked a little sad. “I’m sorry.”

“No need to be sorry.” …I’ve learned to deal with my emotions and move on. Besides if your life is an example of what it is like to be in love than maybe I’m better off.”
“Thanks…I guess. But maybe, just maybe you’re looking at it all wrong. Sure, I’m not the best role model when it comes to love.

The druid life is a high and lonely calling. One where heroics is your mistress and love flows from town to town. Where danger comes around each corner…”
“May I deduce from your little...shall we say tirade that you’re equating the problem with your love life to the fact you’re a druid?”

“Well yes...and you didn’t let me finish.”

Althea smirked. “I think I’ve heard quite enough for today on the subject of love. By the way I deduced in my travels that your problem with love has more to do with the male of species failure to grow up then it does with you being a druid.”

“Ouch,” I said, trying to look as pained as possible.”That hurt.”

Althea looked down the road. She turned to Knor and Selda. “There is a place up ahead to set up a campground. Now if you’ll excuse me I need some r & r.” She popped out.
We continued up the road and found the clearing Althea mentioned. We started to set up camp when her voice popped back in. “I wish not to be distubed unless it is a dire emergency. Oh, I almost forgot company is coming.”

Some food and a small fire popped into the campground.

Notes: on the Magic Cow

Since I'm on the third installment of The Magic Cow short story series I figured I'd let you know. The Magic Cow is a sequels of sorts to a book I wrote 8 years ago called. The Reluctant Druid which I self published on Amazon. The book was a project which needs some editing.

Still it does fill in some of the details to this story.

© 2020 T B Whitt

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