Once upon a time, in a small village near the woods, there lived a young boy named John. John was a good and hardworking boy who often helped his parents around the house and with their crops.
One day, while walking through the woods, John noticed a strange stone shaped like a monster. It was an old, worn-looking statue of a gargoyle. He had never seen such a thing before, and the sight of it frightened him.
John quickly ran home to tell his parents about the strange stone he had found. His parents, however, were not nearly as scared as he was. They explained to John that gargoyles were said to guard and protect places from evil and bad luck.
John felt a little better hearing this, and his curiosity consumed him. He decided to go back to the woods the next day to investigate the strange stone further.
When he returned, he noticed that the gargoyle had come alive. Its eyes glowed a bright blue and it had wings that extended from its back. It stared at John for a moment and then spoke to him.
The gargoyle told John that it had been placed in the woods to protect a nearby village from evil and bad luck. John, being a kind and brave boy, offered to help the gargoyle with its mission.
The gargoyle thanked him and told him that his help would be greatly appreciated. John agreed and the two set off, journeying through the woods and to the village.
When they arrived, they noticed that the village was in terrible condition. The buildings were falling apart and the people were in fear.
Seeing this, the gargoyle told John that they must protect the village from any and all evil that it could. He then gave John a magical necklace that would protect him from any danger.
John and the gargoyle worked together for days, protecting the village from evil. With their combined efforts, the village slowly began to regain its life and energy.
One day, John decided to take a break and went for a walk in the woods. At the edge of the woods, he found an old man sitting on the ground. The old man told John he was a former inhabitant of the village and was seeking to return home.
John agreed to help and took the old man back to his village. Everyone was extremely grateful for John’s kind act and thanked him for his help. The old man then told John that if he ever needed help with any task or mission, he should always remember the gargoyle.
John thanked the old man and went on his way, eventually forgetting all about the gargoyle and its mission.
Years later, when John was an old man himself, he heard of a great danger that threatened to destroy his beloved village. He immediately remembered the gargoyle and its mission to protect the village.
John returned to the woods, determined to find the gargoyle. When he got there, he saw the same statue he had seen years ago, now even more worn and aged.
John put on the magical necklace the gargoyle had given him and went up to the statue. The gargoyle then appeared and thanked John for remembering its mission and for coming to help protect the village once more.
John and the gargoyle set off to protect the village and with their combined efforts, they were successful.
In the end, John learned an important lesson: we must always stay true to our values and believe in what is right, no matter how long it has been since we last had faith in them. No one is ever too old to help the world, and true courage and kindness still exist in this world.