Writing Frenzy 2020 submission

Bubble, Bubble, Toil, and Trouble

By Deborah Hunt

              Jaime the witch stirred the brew three times.

             “You forget the frog legs,” said Pamela the pumpkin.

              Jaime put in three green gummy worms.  

             “You need to add the bones” said Sally the skeleton.

              Jaime added three long pretzels.

              “Can I stir the pot?” asked Georgie the ghost.

             Jaime handed him the spoon. “You can only stir it three times.”

             The cauldron started to rumble.

            “It’s supposed to bubble,” said Pamela.

           “I forgot the eye of newt,” said Jaime.

            Sally plopped a marshmallow into the brew.

            Jaime stirred the cauldron three times.

            The cauldron shook but didn’t bubble.

         “You forgot the bunny tail,” said Billy the bat.

Jaime broke the tail off of a chocolate bunny.

“Can I stir?” asked Sally.

Jaime nodded.

Sally stirred. “One, two, three.”

The cauldron still didn’t bubble.

             Jaime grabbed the spoon. “Why aren’t you bubbling?”

           The cauldron groaned.

           Jaime stirred three times.

           The cauldron shook.

           Pamela shouted. “You forgot the magic words!”

          Jaime stirred. “Bubble, bubble, toil, and trouble.”

           Nothing happened.

          “Let’s say it together,” said Jaime.

          “Bubble, bubble, toil, and trouble!” they all shouted.

          The cauldron shook and rumbled and started to bubble.


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