My dad had an assortment of stories he used to tell my brother and me when we were kids. There was one about a king and a magician, which recently found its way into Konstantin’s Gifts, my upcoming release from Crow Girl Publishing:
One of the stories his sister had always loved best had been about a proud king, who had summoned a magician to his court. When the sorcerer and his assistant arrived, the king led them to a stable, where a magnificent black stallion was kept.
“You are the fifth magician I have brought here,” he said. “I command you to make this horse fly.”
The magician was all too aware that the other four magicians had failed—just as he was aware that what the king asked was impossible.