We went to the abandoned factory to be brave and to look at the machines, big metal things larger than our rooms.
The man was sitting on the floor playing with the leaking river water.
He called himself the toy-maker.
“Magic is here today, gentlemen.”
He took a plastic soldier from his pocket and rolled it in the puddle of water. He told us to get closer. A few minutes later the soldier started moving. He smiled and handed me the twitching toy.
“Just be sure to burn it when it starts talking. Burn it to ash.”
Written for Warmup Wednesday a few Wednesdays ago.