There were three brothers walking in a long, winding road, at twilight. In time, the three brothers reached a river too treacherous to pass. But they learned the magical arts, the three brothers simply waved their wands and made a bridge. Before they could cross, however, they found their path blocked by a hooded figure. It was Death, and he felt cheated, cheated because travelers would only drown in the river, but Death was cunning. He pretended to congratulate the three brothers on their magic, and so that each should earn a prize for being clever enough to evade him. The oldest, asked for a wand more powerful than any in existence. So Death fashioned him one from an elder tree that stood nearby. The second brother, decided he want to humiliate Death even further, and asked for the power to recall loved ones from the grave. So Death popped a stone from the river and offered it to him. Finally, Death turned to the third brother. A humble man, he asked for something that would allow him to go forth from that place without being followed by Death. And so it was Death reluctantly handed over his own cloak of invisibility. The first brother traveled to a distant village. Now with the Elder Wand at hand, he killed the wizard of whom he once quarreled. Drunk with the power the Elder Wand had given him, he bragged of his invincibility. But that night, another wizard stole the wand and slit the brother's throat for good measure. And so Death took the first brother for his own. The second brother journeyed to his home, but he took the Stone and turned it thrice in hand. To his delight, the girl he'd once hoped to marry before her untimely death appeared before him. Yet she turned sad and cold for she did not belong to the mortal world. Driven mad with hopeless longings, the second brother killed himself so as to join her. And so Death took the second brother. As for the third brother, Death searched many years but was never able to find him. Only when he attained a great age did the youngest brother shed the Cloak of Invisibility and gave it to his son. He then greeted Death as an old friend, and went with him gladly, departing this life, as equals.