The Wizard on Main Street
The Mail is Late
John delivered the mail at precisely 2:00 every day. But he was late. And Dr. Brown was not pleased, not in the least. He opened the door and peeked out. Of course John was late on the one day Dr. Brown truly needed the mail. Newspapers and such where of no consequence to him, as he didn’t read the normal papers. Wizards didn’t need the news. Mary Sue was coming in exactly two minutes, and Dr. Brown hoped she wasn’t late too. He did not like people to be late. Some called him strange. But still, things- and people- must be on time!
Ah, there was Mary Sue. She was walking with purpose down the hall, dressed in her housekeeping clothes.
“Dr. Brown! The landlord has a message for you. He says you need to do something about the weird smells coming from your apartment.” Mary Sue pushed past him into the cluttered apartment.
“Of course, Mary.” Dr. Brown pulled a pencil out of his pocket. “I’ll note it.” He moved the pencil on the paper, scratch, scratch went the pencil. Mary Sue smiled and went to vacuum the hall. As soon as she left Dr. Brown twitched the pencil and the air filled with the smell of roses. Oh the advantages of being a wizard where great. Dr. Brown had one concern though, John still had not arrived. Had he been apprehended? He was carrying a package with magical importance today. What on earth was keeping him? It was already 2:15. Dr. Brown could not wait any longer and, locking his apartment behind him, strode down to the lobby.
The Strange Packages
He was already late when it happened. Dr. Brown didn’t like when he was late, but what could he do about it? Several people had ordered large packages, and strange ones. Star-shaped ones, sphere ones, and even colored ones! If John didn’t know any better he would say that they were magical, but he knew better. It was 1:57 and he knew he would be late. He still had four strange packages to deliver, and that wasn’t including Dr. Brown’s mail at least the other four were close. As he dropped the final package and turned to the apartments where Dr. Brown lived, he noticed the men. Four of them, just like his four delivered packages. But these men were strange. They were at least two feet taller than an average man, and wore black cloaks. Very black.
“You. John.” The black men stood menacingly in front of him, and John winced. This didn’t look fun.
“Come with us. Now.” John shook his head hesitantly, but it was no use. They were, after all, two feet taller.
A trip downtown
Dr. Brown was leaving his apartment. But he was late. All because of John. Everything was late because of John. Dr. Brown would not put up with this anymore. No, he would go downtown and do his simple magic. His simple magic was the best way to make some money, enough to pay for his apartment. He smiled. A rare smile, but needed for his job.
“Magic tricks, Magic tricks! Who wants to see some Magic! Real true magic!” Wizards of the past would be ashamed of Dr. Brown. But who could blame him? The modern world was hard for Wizards. Especially Wizards who lived on Main Street. Little boys and girls crowded around Dr. Brown, their mothers too. People on Main Street knew of Dr. Brown’s magic, a real true magic people said, but they knew better and it was only tricks they said. Of course, Dr. Brown didn’t bring out his flying broomstick, or anything like that. No, Dr. Brown was a sensible person. And late. He would have to stop by the post office and see about John. It was already 3:00, and John was an hour late. He sighed and continued with his magic tricks. Being a Wizard had it’s drawbacks. Today he had only collected four dollars, perhaps he needed a different job. Perhaps someone who made apartments smell better, Mary Sue was always complaining about that.
The Post Office
“Dr. Edgar!” Dr. Brown grimaced at the sound of his name. Only one person called him Edgar. Mrs. Lane.
“Good morning Mrs. Lane.” He had hoped Mrs. Lane wasn’t at work today. She always made him late, and he WAS already late.
“And how are you? Did John deliver the mail?”
“I’m fine. No, John didn’t deliver the mail,” He might as well get straight to the point. “In fact, I was wondering if there is a package here for me?”
“Ah, there was. But John took it.”
“Really, where is John? I just can’t believe he’s an hour late.”
“I don’t know, there were a lot of packages. Strange ones too. Red, blue, shiny, star-shaped, even a sphere! Did you here what John’s wife, Mrs. Kristy, said the other day? She said John-”
“Mrs. Lane, really. I don’t come here to gossip.”
“Gossip! My goodness!” Mrs. Lane’s hand flew to her heart and she gasped. “I do not gossip. But here is your mail. John forgot it.” Mrs. Lane handed Dr. Brown a stack of mail and hurried him out the door. It was already 3:30, maybe he should see about printing ads for a new business.
John is found
Oh goodness me. John was is quite a predicament. What to do? Men two feet taller than him where dragging him down the side road. Dr. Brown sighed in disappointment. He had hoped this was not a magical predicament. But it sure looked like one! Quickly, Dr. Brown performed an invisibility spell and hurried after John and the four men. It was probably because of the packages- this was the annual holiday for sales on magical things. Like black friday for normal people. A lot of Wizards in John’s district had probably ordered packages. Dr. Brown sighed again. They were pulling John straight to the main place where Dr. Brown’s fellow Wizards had broom fights. This was not good. Quickly he whipped out his broom (invisible, of course) and flew past John and the men. Oh dear, this would complicate things. The men where human! Dr. Brown did a quick scan and realised that they were walking on stilt type shoes, and didn’t know about magic.
“Where are you taking me?” John tugged on one of the men’s robes and stumbled in the process.
“Well you see, we want to open those packages you have. They have valuables. Especially the colored ones.” Gasping, Dr. Brown threw up a force field spell and whisked John’s bag away.
“What- hey!” The men tried to climb up the walls with ropes, but their cloaks fell off and revealed their ridiculous shoes. Dr. Brown dropped the sack by John and nudged him with the broom. John ran- which was exactly what Dr. Brown wanted. He barricaded the men in with boxes and called the police- saying he had heard strange noises off the main road.
All’s well ends well
After racing to beat John to his apartment, Dr. Brown undid his invisibility spells and his force field spell on the alley, then he changed his clothes and started supper. The doorbell rang and he hurried to get it.
“Sorry I’m so late. There was an odd predicament down the road. Here’s your package.” John handed to package to Dr. Brown quickly and raced down the hall. It would take awhile to deliver those packages and get back on track, Dr. Brown realized as he closed the door. But he, he was right on time.
“5:00, and supper is ready.”