My fantasy novel Chaos Gate sprang from my admiration of both C.S. Lewis’s Narnia stories and J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. It was published in 2011 by Yorkshire Press and is still available on Amazon. I’d like to offer its first chapter as a self-contained short story in hopes that students might wish to get the book and continue reading it. This story may be used either as a unit for the whole class or as a sponge activity. The materials include comprehension questions, writing prompts and the entire text of the first chapter.