One day a pony strolled down a path and came across a starving featherbare chicken.
“Pray feed me, sir, begged the chicken, “For I have been unable to find food of my own.”
The pony considered this for a moment and then opened his saddlebag.
You are a foolish bird, chicken, for being unable to find food of your own but I will feed you. Then perhaps you may accompany me in my travels as a companion.
The wizard fed the chicken. When it had gained its strength it asked the pony’s name.
I am Starswirl, a wise and mighty wizard!” proclaimed the pony. Being a foolish bird, it did not know the name, but was impressed nonetheless. The chicken accompanied the wizard onwards.
Soon, the wizard and the chicken came across a goblin, who hissed at the two. The chicken fled and hid.
The wizard confronted the goblin: “Let us pass, goblin, for I am Starswirl, a wise and mighty wizard!”
The goblin paled upon hearing his name and retreated. Soon the chicken returned.
“You are a weak and foolish bird for fleeing, chicken. I have dealt with the goblin and we may continue.”
Later the wizard and the chicken came across a diamond dog, who growled at the two. As before, the chicken fled and hid.
The wizard confronted the diamond dog: “Let us pass, diamond dog, for I am Starswirl, a wise and mighty wizard!”
As had the goblin before, the diamond dog paled upon hearing his name and retreated. Soon the chicken returned.
You are a weak and foolish bird for fleeing, chicken. I have dealt with the diamond dog and we may continue.”
The wizard and the chicken continued on. Soon they came across a great snarling troll, who raised a huge club. As before, the chicken fled and hid.
The wizard confronted the troll: “Let us pass, troll, for I am Starswirl, a wise and mighty wizard!”
The troll sniffed derisively. “I do not fear your name, for I do not know of you. You are nothing but a pony to me.”
With that, he laid the wizard low with a blow from his club.
Later, the wizard awoke to see the chicken staring down at him. The chicken spoke to the fallen wizard:
“You are a wise and mighty wizard, yet you are foolish enough to confront any dangers you may come across.
I am naught but a weak and foolish chicken, yet I am wise enough to flee them.”
Commentary from Donny’s Boy
I really like the entire tone and feel of this—it’s very much in the style of the classic fables of yore. Also, it was nice seeing the rather haughty Star Swirl taken down a peg or two at the end.