toy wooden sword
A small wooden sword made for Gene by his neighbor Ray. While it doesn’t weight much or have a real cutting edge, Gene’s thoroughly convinced it’s a potent magical weapon.
Gene’s mother caught him with a long kitchen knife, terrorizing the neighborhood children and pets.
After his mom punished him he was despondent for weeks, and didn’t go outside at all until Ray brought him this sword. Ray carved it himself from a piece of tough old oak, but he told the boy he found it in an enchanted forest clearing, where pixies made him promise to give it to the boy who chased the mean dog.