The Green Cauldron
By Laken Slate
Trixie’s aunt plunked a cauldron and a book of spells in the clearing.
“Now I can double my potions,” Aunt Mangle cackled,
“You’ll slave in the sunlight as I sleep."
Trixie had only the shade of her hat as she worked.
She gasped at the many recipes requiring frog legs, lizard tongues,
and parts of other poor beasts.
Trixie toiled and troubled
but couldn’t find artificial ingredients.
She tried vegan incantations:
“Abracadabra, Ala-Tofu!” –
with no luck.
Finally, she stirred the cauldron chanting,
“Fire burn so carefully! Make this substance cruelty- free!”
Something remarkable happened.
Trixie’s cauldron bubbled with full, living clones of the animals.
At twilight, Aunt Mangle crept near.
“Look at all those pets!” she screeched.
“Bring them to me, so I can mix my cursed elixir.”
“Yes, Aunt Mangle,” Trixie whimpered.
She couldn’t bear to harm her creations.
The thought swirled in Trixie’s mind.
She realized her own power.
Aunt Mangle lurched away to her wretched workshop.
Trixie quickly cast levitation spells on her darling designs.
Then, she conjured something her aunt would never allow her to touch:
Trixie escaped in the moonlight,
with her living inventions,
never to be found by Aunt Mangle.
My name is Laken Slate. I was an elementary school teacher for six years, before becoming a mom. I am set to graduate with a master's in Curriculum and Instruction in July 2021! Someday, I would love to be a picture book author. I am represented by the world's greatest literary agent, Joyce Sweeney :)