I wanna be a real boy. The famous line spoken by that lovable puppet. But in reality, for those words to be spoken, black magic would be involved.....
It was 1982. An Italian man named Gepetto owned a little puppet shop on the corner of Trunice Avenue.
Children would come in all the time to play with the puppets, yet still, Gepetto found himself in debt. He needed to produce more puppets faster. He needed an apprentice.
A week later, a street urchin named Pinnochio wandered in looking to become the apprentice. Gepetto was overjoyed, and his business, now twice as efficient, flourished.
The success did not last long however. People began to lose interest in puppets. And Gepetto consulted a local fortune teller, despite locals warnings to avoid her.
She told him that what he needed was an attraction. Without an explanation, she told him to have his apprentice chant a phrase written on the parchment she would give him.
After that, things would resolve itself.
By the time Gepetto realized they had been decieved it was too late. The chant had changed Pinn into a living puppet. Passerby noticed this strange boy and began paying money to see him.
Gepetto began to gleefully accept.
The boy would cry at night, sobbing that he wanted to be a real boy. His sobbing turned to cold whimpering, and finally an emotionless statement.
And while his master slept, Pinn realized how he could be a real boy again. And he whispered coldly "I wanna be a real boy"
The next morning the children came in to a traumatizing sight. Gepetto was hanging from strings, much like a puppet. His skin had been cut off save for his face.
And in the corner sat Pinnochio, wearing a new skin coat, and laughing delightedly. He looked at the children and smiled as he said "There are no strings on me"