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Once upon a time, a group of witches from all over the world convened to figure out once and for all which of them was the scariest.
A contest was begun, during which each witch took his or her turn to show off their most horrific talent. Some turned themselves into wild beasts with slathering jaws and gore-dripping claws. Some became mist and whispered horrendous lies into the ears of gathered throng. Other burned like the sun, or burned like ice, or made themselves shatter or clattered like dry bones.
Finally, there was only one witch left. And this witch took a place quietly in the center of the crowd, and told a story.
And in this recitation of pure imagination, unaccompanied by any fireworks or sorcery, with no sounds beyond a haunting and sonorous single voice, the witches found at last true terror. And the final witch was crowned the victor.
But the other witches, long after the recitation, as the celebration stretched into the night, remained uneasy and frightened. The echo of the story long outlived its telling, and the tale maintained its power even when all memory of the tricks of the others was gone.
"Take it back," they told the witch. "Untell this horrible tale."
But the victor only smiled, and said, "You didn't even know how frightening my story was before, did you? Because I can't take it back. Once a story is told, it is part of the world."
And the witches learned the power of a story, that it can never be untold.
But just as the power of an evil story can hold sway over those who hear it, and those who are compelled to repeat it, so can a wonderful story. Remember - choose what stories you tell carefully. The most powerful people in the world are the ones who tell the stories.