I'm excited about this for many reasons, not the least of which is that this story forms the germ of my current WIP, also called The Wizard's Apprentice. Someday I must, must, must write a post about turning a short story (and this one is very short indeed, less than 3500 words) into a novel (even a shortish one), and how it's not quite as easy a journey as you think it's going to be when you first hopefully divide the scenes into separate Scrivener files. About the only thing that hasn't suffered some kind of a sea-change along the way are the names of the hero (Nick Chanticleer) and the Evil Wizard (Zachariah Smallbone).
In the meantime, enjoy. Peter Wood reads the story, and I love the way he does crabby. He made me laugh, more than once.