Here’s a short excerpt from The Rift: A Bolingbrook Babbler Story:
“Let’s talk about the stable boy and the rock,” said Michelle, sitting down with Tom on the couch. “As I recall, there was a little boy who was brought to a dragon’s lair.”
“Dogma the dragon.” Tom pointed to the dragon in the picture, who sat atop a pile of rulebooks.
Michelle nodded. “He looks scary. Good job.” Tom smiled. “Now, the boy was scared, but he was also thirsty. So he asked the dragon for a cup of water. Dogma said no, and told the boy if he was thirsty, he could squeeze water out of a rock. So the boy squeezed and squeezed, but no water came out. Dogma told the boy that if he believed, it would. So the boy squeezed and squeezed and believed and believed. Still, no water came out.”
“Until the knight of truth appeared and chased Dogma away.”
Michelle nodded, picking up another of Tom’s drawings, which showed a knight holding a glowing sword. “You drew that very well.”
“Thanks,” Tom replied.
“So the knight told the boy there was no water in the rock, and the boy rued his foolishness.”
“I don’t want to be foolish.”
Jason sat down with them. “Neither did the boy. He vowed to slay all the dragons of deception and asked the knight of truth to teach him how to vanquish them. The knight took him under his wing. The boy studied and trained for a long time, till one day he became a knight of truth himself, and he was never fooled again.”
Michelle frowned. “That’s your dad’s version.”
“It’s the best version. Don’t you agree, Tom?” Tom nodded vigorously. “Good. Because a very special movie just arrived.” Jason picked up what looked like a CD. Tom’s jaw dropped as he remembered the giant LaserDiscs his grandparents still owned. “It’s about a wise old man who fights dogma,” Jason continued.
“With a sword?”
Jason stood up and inserted the disc into the DVD player, then joined Michelle and Tom back on the couch. He placed an arm around Tom’s shoulders and pressed play. On-screen, a magician with thick, professionally styled hair and a neatly trimmed snowy white beard appeared behind a desk.
“You know what the best part is?”
Tom shook his head.
You can preorder the eBook for $.99 at Amazon and other retailers. Otherwise, the release date is July 13, 2022.
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