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The Wishing Stone

#2 Dragon Dilemma

By: Lorana Hoopes

Illustrated by: Kendall “Mavis” Jackson


This book is dedicated first and foremost to my children who are the characters and inspiration for my stories and then to all the young readers out there looking for a good story. I hope you enjoy reading this book as much I enjoyed writing it.


Thank you to the wonderful moms and kids who beta read this for me and let me know they enjoyed it. Thank you Kathy, Joann, Natalie, Misty, Amber, Kim, and everyone who read.

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1 The Trouble with Siblings

Spenser stared at the clock on the wall, willing it to be 3:15. He couldn’t wait to go home and try out his wishing stone again. He had only gotten to use it once since receiving it, and he was aching to try it again.

A week ago, Spenser had come across a mysterious stranger on his way home from school. The man, after hearing that Spenser didn’t like to read, had offered him a white stone. The man had said that magical things would happen when Spenser held the stone while reading.

Spenser hadn’t believed the mysterious stranger at first, but then Spenser had held the stone and wished to meet Arco, the character in the book he had been reading, and had been transported back to dinosaur time, where he got to see a T-rex up close. That had been amazing.

Since then, he had been begging his mother to take him back to the library to get another book. Finally, yesterday, she had agreed, and at home on his bed right now was Merlin and the Dragon. Spenser loved magic and dragons, so he was excited not only to read this book but to visit Merlin himself.

The bell finally rang and Spenser bounded out of his seat. He slung his backpack over his shoulders and headed for the door.

“Hey, you want to ride bikes?” his friend Zane asked.

Spenser was torn. He did want to ride bikes and he had just gotten a new bike for Christmas, but he really wanted to try the stone again. It was in his pocket right now, and his fingers itched to touch it.

“I can’t tonight, but do you want to ride tomorrow?”

Zane’s face grew sad for a moment before lighting up at the prospect of a meeting tomorrow. “Sure, that will be fun.”

Spenser waved goodbye and started towards home. He didn’t live very far, so he walked to and from school. The path went through a little park and kept him away from the streets. Every day, he kept his eyes peeled for the mysterious stranger. He hadn’t seen him again, but he hoped to. For one, he wanted to thank the man for the magical rock, but he also wanted to see if the man had any other magical items.

There was no luck today, either. He did not spot the man on his walk home.

Spenser opened the green front door of his house and called out to his mother. “Mom, I’m home.”

“In the kitchen, honey,” came her reply.

He tossed his backpack by the door and headed that way, but before he had even rounded the corner, Kayleigh appeared, hugging his legs.

“Brudder,” she said, smiling up at him.

“Hi, Kayleigh. Did you have a fun day today?”

“Yesh,” she said, her little blond head nodding up and down.

When she finally released his leg, he continued into the kitchen. His mother sat at the table with Jackson, showing him how to write the letter D.

“Spenser, look,” Jackson said, holding up his picture. “D is for dragon.” Jackson was just as fascinated by dragons as Spenser was.

“It’s nice,” Spenser said. His hand patted his pocket. How much longer would he have to stay down here before he could sneak up to his room?

“Do you have homework, Spenser?” his mother asked.

This was his chance. “Just some reading, mom. Can I go upstairs to read?”

“Sure,” his mother agreed. “I’ll call you when it’s time for dinner.”

Barely able to contain his excitement, Spenser turned around and bounded up the stairs.

He threw open his door. The book called to him from his bed, and in his haste, he forgot to shut the door behind him. Climbing up on the bed, he sat cross legged, his back to the door, and opened the book.

He didn’t see Jackson and Kayleigh sneak into the room behind him.

“Merlin was a wise old wizard,” Spenser read aloud, “but could he find a way to tame the fierce dragon that was terrorizing the people in King Egeus’s castle?” Spenser pulled out the stone. “I wish I could help Merlin.”

The tingling shot up his arm, and the room began to fade.

When the tingling stopped, Spenser found himself standing on the stone floor of a large grey room.

“Is this a castle?” Jackson asked.

Spenser whirled around to find Jackson and Kayleigh in the room with him.

“How did you get here?” Spenser asked, his hands on his waist. He was careful to keep his voice quiet.

“We grabbed your shirt when you started to shimmer,” Jackson said. “Where are we?”

“Shh! We’re in King Egeus’s castle. Merlin is around here somewhere trying to figure out how to tame a dragon.”

“Merwin,” Kayleigh said clapping. “Dragon? Where is he?”

“I guess we better find out,” Spenser sighed. This might be a little tougher with his brother and sister tagging along, but on the other hand, it was nice to have someone to share the experience with. “Come with me, but be quiet.”

2 meeting the King

After leaving the small room they had landed in, the trio sneaked down the stone hallway. The small cracks in the brick layering allowed cold air to seep in and Spenser shivered as they walked. At the end of the hallway was a large oak door.

“Should we open it?” Jackson asked.

“I think we have to,” Spenser said, shrugging his shoulders.

“Yesh,” Kaylie said placing her little hands against the door.

Spenser and Jackson joined her and pushed on the heavy door. With the help of all three, the door began to open. Though he expected a loud squeaking, the door swung open with barely a whisper.

A large room opened before them. There was a grand wooden table and chairs. Beautiful paintings and tapestries hung along the walls. At the head of the table, an older man with a long white beard and a purple robe was talking to another man wearing a long red cape and golden crown. He too had a beard, but it was shorter and a dark brown color similar to their father’s beard.

“It’s Merlin and the king,” Spenser whispered.

Jackson and Kayleigh simply stared wide-eyed.

“We have to do something,” King Egeus said. “The dragon is terrorizing the children.”

“I know, sir, but I don’t know what else to do. My magic hasn’t worked. It just seems to make him angrier.”

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