Grades 10 and up / Ages 15 and up.
Flawless, it cast no shadow. Fascinated by the glass ball's rock-like weight yet near invisibility, Josef experimented. He left it for three weeks in the marble font of holy water in the Church of the Silent Virgin, and it was still there on the fourth when he reached in. He set it with a handful of barley in the yard to observe the reaction of the crows. But the goat swallowed it. Josef chased the animal all day. The ball found its way through the labyrinth of the goat's intestines and plopped out unharmed. Josef wondered if perhaps it was some kind of egg. He placed it in the forest, then hid and watched. But no creature emerged from the trees to claim it. Finally Josef realized it might be a crystal ball. He set it in the middle of a ring of candles, but he did not see the future, only his own face reflected in the glassy flames.
Mark Morton teaches in the English Department and Centre for Academic Writing at the University of Winnipeg. Last year he implemented a writing course at Balmoral Hall High School, joined the board of the Manitoba Writer's Guild, and began writing an etymological dictionary of cooking words to be published by Blizzard Publishing.
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