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by Michelle Tocher

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Demon Wind

Themes: Envy | Force | Possession | Power

At the crack of midnight, I flew out of the snuff box and spoke to the one-legged toy soldier who was staring at the paper dancer in front of the castle.

“Don’t look at things that aren’t intended for the likes of you!” I shouted. Then I knocked him over so their eyes couldn’t meet.

The next morning, I inspired a boy to take the soldier off the shelf and put him on the windowsill. Then I rushed through the room and knocked the soldier off the ledge!

I moved with such violence that I made the paper dancer spin until she became quite sick.

When she came to a stop, I fanned her gently.

The Demon Wind in The Steadfast Tin Soldier, Hans Christian Andersen. Illustration by Monro Orr.

Demon Wind