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. uJCre th,rs poo r ·~~nU"t9 r:JII'iniCf llglil:' litre in :rfi£' m~ill{lte of SalfM~'JiI,fiere.J ,and tfia;f' :}M'U long,e'd for a new' expc'-':enre. When ytDli. r"te YOIUW e;,veryt1ii~19' ~I)U.S alwltlys nl~l,il;r-,J~e,w t.17s" l1ie:w 9tJ flU?5, ,new sporb J riciin,g ,{lull Ii [Hrti:'ng antI' sHeil. 'B,ld: nOH1 e!JerytliilJ9 )MS 0'1£1", ,:J--ifHrtfn9 J~laS oid'~, tfie' €a.stle' M1US f),lal' efJtn IiJs jnen,(js 'wer-e gttifng' (llld,

SO' lie went :t;o tlie couri:,jes'l,F and ,co.rrUlu1.nded' fiim.~' ~:J\f(lJie l~U' Jtn~9fi:'.·· cr6e CO rr tt Jestetjusl' ,PerJvnned ;~fi£' s,anle old tri'Cfis ,and the sauu! oJd jo£es. fi,Ulin~nuuJ -~ ;t,fifJ:~l9fil:' tfi:e' rp,rlnct" '''.J{o,w, co'u.ld 50 llUJJ:fi notliirJ'!J be rtgli:f' tiere. in tlit. nlidlJie of SjoTnewhen,~?!'-' So the 'Prin',c'f' {led'lled' that p1e'flil1p:s fie 6{uJ ,rl'ol' loo.lied fnr ,e'n(}l~9IiJ' he m fJsl lty finnier.

,,J--{e 1I£'U' J1itnf. (0 the cOfJJ1' sc:fiolar {nul' ,coffllnanded liiJrJ, 'to. 'tMM fiim' Scome~ tfitng new~ ctlie' sCholar h,tg,Q:1 ro :teacli'/i'im liistoryJ but the fPnlzct. conlpM rn,i!,f that liistorp :a.va'j just oitl~no'w. he scfi'o,Mr be!J'lul. ,to 'teaeR' film ad~ mne,e.d m·atliema'fllcs .bll~: :~lie 'Prince co.mp"ldint!i i;f I1fflS just ,U l.rJflV HJaY of !doing old tliiJ,f!js,

%e annt scfiolar became C01:i'clnr"td: os sdiolars SJiOUIIL .J{e. mid tlie ,.:K1ng t1ild' it JilJa$.n~t' ri!Jlit for ,soim,oone ll.Ot to wan't;ro ie!anJ old tliing$J' to do old tlim'j.5. r{fie $,ch.O,laT ada.i:melL ulf ,everybo,dy 'Iva's ,a{r<NJ,l'lYs a'ouJ} llew' th,ilf!}S, :1W'd lraIle' Irha!(J>s. :No tOne r~tndd know Ivhat to e:rpf!CI[ from al,r,.ho,d]I., W:f' would all be in a .constant .stati' ,of SflTJU·.e U1UJ' t:fius hvo things HA'Ould sflreiy Ii,appeu. 'Cfl'r.s:r' HJe WDuld all be ~t\POrn out'frDm ;~lie ,eI€i.'I'tJ~~el~f: ~f[t ,all and tlie' neigliboring {uff)do'ul JtlO'[Jltl' lazl1u:/i' a Ju~p.rise' atlaci. that ,we fv,o.,t.ldn ~t ~rpe.r:t becll use ""e HJtl~' so' :J'J'se($. to. sll.rplrfse mc 'l~vouiJn ~L: pl,la~'!

for i't. Irs liu'JJ'pene(ll~M~ffy :tiRlf!S before in history.. 'rnet1eve ,me, it~ .llofliin!}' ne~IJ:" 9f'nd secorui; if 'we 'Jvt!ll! lJ'i:WayS 5 rl~p nsed ,.,11£ H10'rJJl/ !Jel' 50' used ;~o it ',fiat ildJt! !wuldn l T,!,otl,ce illn.ryWay. So J n ,decLn-:-ed tlit: scliolar~ (-rt/if bay fias a probteJI~ btyolna ;rny ,fielpi. 'nie court' ,p[rysidan wilt ,su,fie~y fiiJve to be failed i:n. ~

9tt ,all this filSS tfi;c' 'rJ!ril:l',c;e was ,su.me~,tpfiat ,co'~fose,d. ,O'n' tfiie' Q,ne han',d' Ii:, folt. bad. ,about tlie- ,c{},nre:rnea face of,the ,Xing an'd all tlie disi1pprJ.iw,teJ,foc,fS

OIj:rJie. elders oldie CO'ftr-t es tfit)~ nulttereclJ ~~r}fiat can J1"f do? q~li:at ,a. ter"

lib,le tliuJ'g to hap,pt~,l ,to tfie Xi1.rg,; lie' JiIIRS so proud . .1lo'w' JilliU lirs Tlr.odier luke ttr"' On tfie' ~t1ier fia~~dJ ,atl tlits maS' so.uletli~'n!J' n:tw.

''T"he GOll,n: ,pfiysktan )illS'S ca:Ued' cd' lo~u;e', :Jf:e cliedied' tfi;~' tpn~u:~ 5 'wnsue {l:,rul eyes]! liis no'se' cuuJ ears, . .1 n fod~ lie scearclied ftrnn, lae' ;ro fitad bUI' fie could ~l'ot: find Oli;l;T tfiilTJ1 'Il!W01!9 '~vitli tlie. fPriJ'!'c.e. So' fie cDm::luded'I' 'N"rrhe trlJr[~'bte nuu:f be ,on the i,n:slae', so H!.e w,tH' fitJfJe :~o ,p ut someJliing on ,flie in~ ,sid:e' to ,jtr it. ~~

So' InnnefiOl1.5 'p'O,Uons ,ana teas !tnrd rnirtl'~ res H!tre,gimr '~V the t:fl11,rl,e'" '! fl·t' ne w,Dlll{l oilly lrif1mp'nantty e.:tciairn, :rfidt since' lie ha',d ,il new' prDhlerrJ'i' otd' Ptiti01J5' t11,ul form:!'I.'lus. w:ould no'l.' affect: it'. fJ1ie tp,nlrtf' J,1i01dd the!.!: ,nMlr wfdi {a,[~g/i:~lr Cln,d delight" at,' 'lfie IJ'tLWrJ'tSS of it alt. 'This c01.tcenr,eo tfie; con rt pliy'5idan ,mO',rt tHan erh?r; ,;Ht., 'wol;,ld raise an' ,eye~bro w .and sa,~ 'fo' itfie ,.?atW J «'Jii5 s)"'n:pml1f5 are !}',eUi;ng lwrse" ~~

']Jlie Xr'~9 U}QS so l~orri~ed /i:e' didn:t inow 'wna!' :w do "T' H~,fieu til! :turn,j $0 fie fO,U veil ed' 'the' :wlio,fe; c!Oun and offir,-ea a ,g,rent f',-ewtrrtlfo,r Q,nymle w,&o ,cQ'rlld t~l~' liis $O~lJ 'tfie: TO:uce'. :Jle; aJso set,ut,,}, CQ,fu)tJt.ed' tfi~' ,CapilllR ,of tne' 9:u'anls and ,aU h'ts ,9',ftner:als: ,ana 'l'Oi(1' (herr!: to be",uf~'~, :tlia:!' :this n,iiglit be a p',lDt to (]f)trt{i,M'W' Me kingdom: land tfier,-e c-o;r~',ld be D'D tetlin!)' n~Jw lo'ns be/ore o:tfi:er ,people j,n :tJie fiingdonl nligfit '~vant' ,s(nrrdlir'uSl J:iiJlIJ.

SztdeJeIJ'/y sp,ies were' 1w£'ryJ~J/iert.. wtJJcliil19 anll1isltnin!J'1 tJ)Jii!9 to ,chsco~r :wnn ,9GJ/f f/ie rptince "~hi$ pmblf~'i1 iff: tfie first" pl,lact!'. ,;£:(11" the ,pfiysic,ialu' ,in

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the tnJ~d ~I'or:t'ed day tln,d' 'light 'to cure die rpr,in'ce. 't.j3'll:t tile prDhte~~l HIltS not· so {I.ri,ed an d' ,(1"t.

ctii,r fPl1nee "u~a:'~whil'e 'Was hlt,nunin9 ·very. nelVOIUr tit JI'(JW k~u~)il) f1iat fi,e /ituJ a prob'ce'}n 'ilia!' J1'0 m'u~ rou.l,/' SO/Uf • .Jle became scared ,and' 'worrtt~d U1Jd W,(JUili wfii'IJ1pifr for (ioursJ ~il;i5Iiin!) ,tfiis t'f1'.ribk tfiiJ.J!}' ,(iad jl'ot' be--

fallen h,lrn. «IJVtiy not :solnebady else? 7- 'tiy' mf?~' 'The calun pfrystcian ,o,nly

raist;ei lii_s eye,hro'r4~ liigh' ,dnd. said 'to ,the Xin!}.'!., ~~Jfi$ sy,rnpto',r.n~ are !Jetting ~~orse." CJ'/i:,ey .bled 61111 and' p:nayed fo'r /iu,! hl'lt all 'iwre at' a lass.

'ilJQJIyJ. in d:esremtion,. tlie ,Xing yelled' ,to /l,llfiis Wi5C ServaNts of tfit ,CDlt.rtJ "r,l/YrJu caJrlZo't' tfi.'ink OftUrythiJ1:9' dse to' fiJp ~U'y son .I ,:)hcdl cut; off all y'o~lr 1i:e:aJs. " tflie srlio,lflrs~ p£iysicians" and UdIlfSO'fS of fhe onut .. tVfft very afra,td~ so 'they finally' J.ilen t 1;0 ttie Xr.l~9 ul:rd s.o'ie.ulIdy ~liey suitt ~rr1iere. ,i'S ,only lane l,f!Jore dil,'!) We can lfidn~ offor the Xir~g to' do to he,I" fits son. ,-'

'~f)fiat is it? N rienJ'a,uied tfi:e' Xin9.

"9,f;'l' tfie sorce,re.f wn,f) roams the desfrl5 1_0' tlit; sO~HIi. J, ~The ,Xmg pro'Clai,m!ttt "'1) ring tfi:is lluln fJO ,rue., n

,rr"U.Je CaJ1'Ro:t'~ ,n ulJ:nver.ed the Jvise men ~f court. '(frtlie Jang must rt'q!U!~t fi'inl 'to tonlt!~ ,no ,man' 01" lila rtior can' s,llbd;ft,tt. fiim', ,j{e; is a 'r.r.I,esn:~eri:ur tJlul.can ,prlt. sp,eff5 uplon lnzy luuube.r" of mer,I'. rtliis is w,(iy JiI1e dZ'd not tell YOll ab'Out til-til b.efvre;, ,;Jle; is. ,dangt!llJ'l'lS and' lliigfi:r.' (J~f a spell' en' tlie; :King or the Prin',ce. n

rtfi:e: Xi~9 Looked bQt:/i a! firs adfJisors '~vi"tIi. a fiJrr"r~~e'J brow. J{e 511i,d" N I ,j'U'~ old j {H~d ,no one else c.nn neil' ruy so~~. l' lruu;f then m,f'et tliis SOT-' cerer (ur,d takt.' ,ny diances J!lflth one :wfitl casts spells. JJ

crtie req:rle5:i." J1~aS Stilt' to :rfi:e. sorcere~ q'fie Jd:rf!) wQ;ited" tlie :1~}lioJt psi' dayJ' the H4io.le sf!ccma day, tlie 'whole third day~ tfie ",note fourth {ill)}J the wfioie

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fiftli'dUyI' the' wliole siJ.1li. dayl the' wh6ie sevl:lI'JIi day, t/ie 'Fllfio/e' [f,igfidi J;ay, di'e wliole 1JU!'tJi day" and Dn' tile ttn;tIi' ,day fie 9,;ew so im:ptl'tir.mt tlitJ:t fie called tlie: Court 'wyttlit:r ,and' Jen,landetl all' tl:plturatw.n.

ethe 'wise' 'men decided' "nit' .J(rJifj wtJr~/d ,IlQ:rJf' to 'tem.pt tlie' SIOl"€tref' Jlvfth 90((( ,an,d ric:lies, ~I offer 'w:a.s st;nt~ ,and feR :m,ore ,fays passed while' 'the ,:Kif)!] cC1utinif:(!€1 to Jvorry ,u"ld' 'the Ptluce santi J:u,per Ql,ul dei~per into ,fjlloorn, !11J'tJ:' SOi tne' Xi~]9 ,sent ,unotlieT offff :m 'the sorarer. Jle snid fie wvltu(giw to Me sorcerer' a rryrhiny' witfii/J: his po r"er if ne "!J.Ould C,fJ re his ;S'Dn..

and so a:t last die $orCl!rr1!r Clntu,~' 'to tlie palace,. t.J.VheWl fie en,me 'W tfie' Prine,e'I' flie rp,rinc-e J.VaS wry sfJ'rpri.sed because lie erpectrd tfie son:er:er :M he ,dresscld' in robes of biiu:K witll a pOi1.ltea fiat widi stars 011,1: it ''11ie sorcerer wtlJ ,not drf!5seJ tliiS' way at' lllt;7 (ie J~)D'ne' T'OI,b.es of '",'Ill P'[~ rpte [and ha,d no fiat at all .. Xis hair 'was wlitfe as Sl'UJ'W' land avalanched' Id~tnvf~ his bucR' u1.lla s/i;OUi"dff:S and through. his busily eytbrorws. gleamed fWD b'~96t, i!grits. tThe' T'rince anrld not deted their color. qJ;;ey seemed :to diangt from bro W'l to blue, tlieR to liaul, then to' brow«.

'Tlie Xirl§' be9!J,ed 'tile sercenr; "qJ:iet15'f' cure my 50,ft.;' ~e sorcerer ,sm,fied a: [queer .smilt: a,uJ: s:lo.f.vty he '~9(nl 'to s pea Ii. .... ,r~y dear' :J(in!}'t I dO' not have tor tU,lie' reliT SlOn bec'QUSi!' YDUr .sOTJ:J 'flie tp.nnce.~ lias no ,p,rob.= /eml at all. In fodJ there' is ,n,f) 'l'rult.e at' allp all{ 'tlits is just part of a id'reaul

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SOHleD,ne is fi8.viil.9' s.o.TfJlell~lif're ~th(J [does ,not.' kno'MI lie is: retfllly Jrea.'milJY'p (j,ful a pro"b.ler.n in a drearr.r is 'WI rl!tll pfioblm at all. n

,alJ tfie Court:' a!Jreed diat tfits l1uuJ-e good sense G1J.'ld the X1:w1g sig'lied w,it!i ,mIle! JiOw€[1f';f1 tile fPnnce beeame wor.ried beaUlS't if tfie Idn:artling ,is !Join'!} on 50nlet~fierej th:~~ her.e isn ~t somewfi,t:Te Ul!,d,' so hen! m:lU.t be ,no-when!. ~j:d for la :m:llJJ;U~11t 'lie 1'n:nce became. ("QlrrjilStJ. abO'i,~t' w.he#i:er lie :1iI1Q'S ,rt-atly in: sOluew"ie,n~'11 0" flo'w,heu'J' Or' in tacit' i~,liediif!T Ii: W'QS allY'wfit're. 'U' till.

IrJ.' #iis. 1) lVCeS$ fit ellen forg~r that: hie. 'was Q Trine _ tunl ',/ie lvo,dd btgll'u to Spill or lVIJ$ it 'flie dream tliat 1VlU spil.rniJ1g?' ,:Jfl' . 'O'f ldn';t q:Uitf fig:~ 1~ o:r;:t JtJ/ii~cti. In aU the $pi~J:ni~"9 fi:f' m,l~st ria ue fallr~J asleep I' o.r UJO'ke-R JJPi" (Jt.e J!I'aSJl'~t tillite sure.) tJlut fie was sure that fie was not in tfie J(il~g~ clastle. 1'71. flJ.'f:t. fiit 'was ,p.nfty sure fie l-~aJ lJO~' in any of;tlie Xf'n~}') lalw.ds because lie had never seen tliis 'place h'ejo,re, nt least. fie W8'$ as jUU as any,one can be 10! [(Jny thing in sucli cill:.umstarJI{t5'" !All'ltl lie LI'5R£d fiimsctfi ~1 J1!Onder where .I [an~., In ftu:t" 1 "~OndeT if I [urn, tlH'l1lit [or as,leepI" ,,,.

wuli :Mzs' ne deeidel/lie w'o;ll[ld apto,fe' an'J ,P fJ't off s,flcfi till :il,u,pOntln t de~ ci$i:on untillaler. and so fie stopped MI011.,)'ln9 ,ah'Du.t' 'wfiert' fie ~tWa5 (J.,ncl 'wli'o fit., Hm alzel bf!9tJJ'l' to[ expllore to[ftnd out :~vfiat (:tlI1iJ he fO'l!'uJ' out .9Cnd l1e'jmJluu/'tfiiS' Q' str-ange place l'nd,ftll

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. ..... One [of tli~' ·thi!lgs th'rll fto,pS' [IF fa bit: fiUU,i' being n story is 'tlia;t :~irre is JltfJl ,e~;err [one . s (i nul ,of :rrutli. in it. :J(n'd J as e:!JIeryo rre ~~""""J" knows, fables nur:s1' be .short UJ.I',d' stories, ~~~ even shori: [one5:~ n!lut· be io~ger. 9f1so J;'ilf urus( keep in rrJ inti tfil}J el4!U ,if 5:tories Ican. be: ,atrn ost. ,i] s sfio. rl.' as. fo,bles, a story ,can: IJe1Jer ,be; ,G S {lei~p.

'mie Tri,u:,f; nJIi:o I ·t6:ro 'l.9fi some tro'ubte we' dOl not.' nee'd to ,({i'scus.s fi';' r1fieJj lias !orgo,:tten fiie; is a rpr,ince~ Lin fact fie never really ~M'S.J find th'[5 ,p'o,or J¥'O!'U~g chap is ,so'lnei)1!PhereJ, alifiouSlIi fie is no" ,qui;f,e sure wNere.

qJiis place fiU5 .sOlnt ralfier pe:c'uli'ar cfiarn'[rtf,risfi'cs. llut1gi1Jt. ;tfr:a~' yvu had IOi {it'al witli sneli un i m:possiblt· tlc:l1:~ality l~'S fin.ding. yorn·self·,rrl. the In rd~ dle of' a green fiel[/. .511!,d tfirr/Jll ... qli you ca n ~t reJ,ne,n b,er~ yo rl ria [1f a,{lJlmy:s .belie.vell .ill: ~lie; r{9"it things ,and lett 'YOZl f,~ere ,b,astcaliy a 'salle' perSQll., rtliougfi: y'!U~ ~)·ere not ai'J:rays perfect·, ~o!J neoer believed in .m:aJfe-b,(?-lie~Je~

Y'eIJ IiItJ"e ri!lfit j,Wi front lofyou, f,i; a ,g,rtt!n fi;eIJ:~, YO',U 'wtre,/ace: to Jac,e witfi !€X srnalt l~tllr.' RUUf.. tJ1i.o'u:9h. he; :.iVll$ $Tu(Jlter Ilia" ~OU} fie tiEd I(JOR. lJ,lJer;, and ,as lie })'!Dt up ~ff a roc~ ,on wfiicn hit 'rI\\'Q$ sr:'ttin:g I' he. 90'1: la,rt/tr a.nd young,er;

~e' YDurW Trine:e ~~hO fiad for!Jflt1D.J' Iliaof' fie; mas ,{J tF:rince sfi'(}:oli.lirs hea{l IUf"J lao lied' in a.n~azejnfnl' ,at i(iff; a'p'pr:ot~cliin9 little "Ul~~J w,lio' waf&rl. up al'J'a.'grew up' ,and !l'ot yourly'ier ,(llt at' lli€ same tiri,tf. qfie. strU'lj'{! litllt: rruur. ,said, to' Jd)' tJ',tJtn;f1' is 1Jlltik. Wfiltt' is 'y,g!~ r narne? n

q'he' nrply' ~M.i' s~ilt,!~,eJivm an: opef,ed nloutn. lJ1ie' 'Pril[,Ce heg'''''' tn lan-' S'rver ,as (!'fry p1,oiite, penon would; .but' to liiJ aRill'zt,nJe7~t lIl0 'H~mi5 cturu~' ,olt.i~., 'cnie str-a'nge li;ttii! 1.t!,an toclie,d' ,his lief1id' aud for1"DJ.w1a ,his eyebr.-or'ii's in ,C01,l',cern:. ff ClUJ, you: speeri. laulder? n fie said', '~1 ,anl!'~t lienr YO',[I. ," "~

"tthat:' is because 1 ai'd no,t 54)! ,al1ythiJ.rg ~ ~' :tlie fP'ri'nce rip li-ed ,

q'he ti:f:l:le ma~rl. nod,ded in rn~der-sta,uJ.in9.

U I do no~' /i,no w my J1:anu~'~ i:n fad I do not Kfitnrf" JWilere I arn 0;< ,even '~vliat 'time it' is:"

tTfie j~T.(JJ~!Je lillle lJ!Q]1; b.~9tln' to scmtd1 fiis fiend'", '-';'l1i,a:t ,doesn:Y ntalie' any sense, IO;lllitJ'1!e tD be :son~eho,dy',a,~d surely 'yeu ,are lie.rei' as fo,,r ti,'j,u~'j '~~liat does lir,[u! n~~ea,u?"~

rrlie ,rprinc-e 5 fl,ddeuly tlio~91it illl·this 'llfaSfl:'t. fiuurp ,and' smnifully ,~llt{t ," Of' corn'Sf, 1 ~m fief!'J b!d' :where ,[$ fit.r:e €,f).mp1,ared' r~:i;tfi where' I $fio'r~1d be, Q,nd it is not tliat 1 am. not so,,r,r.I:ebo,dY, it. is jUst. tfiat. ,I.' ,don 't.linolv Jlvlio" 1 have ,mlly.fo~9otttn JfJno I furl" I n~[~'$t be s{lrrl!r.~bo~y~ .. ~J

'ITie little :r.rUlnJ who atl at (J'lJ',Ce seenleJ. quite r;e'iietJ:ed, hlr~'rted out, ("'Will, if youjre ,sO"lfth\odYJ ~~y ,didJl~t' yOU'ilist say' 50? glad to' nlake YOli.r ,tlCqUQ,ill:#luu:e. &on1ebody;, pe,rna,ps. l Cln~ help yOl~ firui '»)o:ur :Pvey' if y'o.u'"rte' itlSt u r:I1ie littlf!' man. be!}un ,to r,a,nbJe G'n a,ul' on ,(rbol~t tho1rISJJ,rr.as ,of mn;J$,~ their lUlrr,les lI.nel df.Jtinationsj nCUi;f' of ff'fir;Ch (i'ad Bny u[,eanrl~9 to SO",e~ ba,dy lost :fn tli:e 'wny the ''PriJl'Ct ',o,as. So tlie tprince j~i:St ,d'roppetl. d;(,rW1J' O'JJ tlit'!JMf1r1a t1.JJ'IJ b'9,cln to' cry ana wlii~ll'Jer 'ffMt l~O'b.o.d)). underSltJtJ.J fi'inl: and fie Ii;ad io'st lit's i(l.entity.

~VitJi this;. '~llnf intlfnqJtea and em,pa tlietic,a/~} ,(iectured' tnat :if"ttiis was a case of ,ltlst' tden,tfty tfiey ~1J;(Jllld just nave 'to go to the ,police., So So:rn,f!body a:nd '1J.linli. WfRt't,o flie IJ!f;llrest pooce sta:tion~ wtiitfi IoVaS at tlie ,e(qe of th,e Jprts.~;bl. :fv6,~cfi [lie' green ,field (i(ul. tL«ilJed to' eXIst..

tfpO'IJ! eJ1teriJ~ ,lie pO.fJ.£f s.t:aUon.. i.J3"li'l~fi. gruled' tlif' S't.rgea'if: M'th polite Qnre~lities t11'JlJ'then a.p0 lo.gi%e:d fiJ'.r trJot ~'ntl0d'ud'!9' tlie s{),tt!;ebody whO' U}l1S M'th fii:m~ tB,'lt as ,he apiairred to die'sergeant, '''l'CUt see, ;tliis is tlie :Vlry prob',len~ wl'tli whirfi ])l-'e need: ,Jour /i'eip' Jrfy friend Ii:e'f"e lias lost fiis r-'denlity: ~'

'%e $'f1J)eaU:t' uodde& kno'w=~'ng~}' an,d ~n u~'m llreiJ ulul:e'l'

c: 1.- ,,c •• ro' ,~t:.. 'd'

nl;5 1),l'ti'lllIIJ .....l.nSf_' Ins !>, ,en~

'tityi ,ohliNn, 1~ 'The st.lyea.nt :!unre& to SOllu~',bo'{ly' and' $u:sp'i,c',!:o usl), iDOfi.c,d h,rJr!, O'V€lj ,t:liel~ fnquil'Cd', "You .su fl' ;~liat' it WlISn 't ;S.to/:eH? U

"1 'm quiil' sure} ~'SO'IJ,eU(Jdy rtpli;e'Cl. ,

·~o you KnOW ho:w )'OIl. lost

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I.liq'fi en," l'li,e.' S'e~g,fllJ'J't ,a,d~a.Jrn,e!d :wi:th resolntion, ~yo~l. ,do'l1: ~i kru} ~I" Iv" SJl re lh,at r.'l; );Imsn ;t,' s;ttlien !' ~

(·1 !J rJ:e'S5 I aOin: l, ,U

~€ll 'tlieul' '" s\aia tne 5e.rge{}],l'~ as ,fie al'tllPit ,out the l1p'propri;ulf: fo'nl.!':5J' Mtlifs sounds lifie: a case ,j robbrry 1:'0 rite., ,..9l11 rliel.l'ti9' is 'too' i1~JP,orli!nlt ,tJ: :iliin!)'

fa lose, 50 it nl'usf liavt. been sto,len. ~f}bht,y J"d ,sa,p~ sure as I'nm: oJi.ve. n fBfilJIi stemtd t'o be i« full tJ.gfe,enzent witli the; se:'!J,(!an't~ 5oftna.lly S01J~ebod); agreed ma,t it. was Jl'bbe1}J-

rtfie se.rgEant ,8'lS5r~r,e'(lliiln Cha,t lerltf}-"uli:ug th;at had' ,ever bern s:tnltn in fils ,ii5.tri'ct fiad' been fl!fil,m'r:d ,alul so' es s,omJ as tfie proper forms J~lter.e'filted' o.~lltj ,tfit case fM~ as. good as cl'os.ed"

qUe' sC'Yea.n'~ llUlrnl:urelJ fJnder fils breath'~ ~~~obbt!lY, d,aJel ufinnn If[, lel's see', 'ilame p'.le:as!e?n

"t hose 11'0 na.fUC d: :was. 'taken wi'ili ,ny ,i:Ji.mti~y. ~~

€":No J'<1:an~,el"" tlit; s,e."!jeant' ,(nul'. '(~:H(JW will,' fill O'I'~t ,tlie lonns?l.

r:Biirrkl' 'w/i:o MIas by flah'U~e a fit.~pflll ,'7ersol,!'~ t.old th,e' ser9ieti~1'f ,U J!lJaS f~:O lu-obltlN to i!lstfill rn 'If~n~fino. rh1l'II'~" and let i't go la"~ that;'. ''11!e se.rgeant.' agreed tfiat ,this wlas aCiC,eptn'bie", "Your ,ucldrf'5s?1'I

'~TlllkJlO Jf.'tl.. rA

Hrti:n]"t of to.bbe'l)I?~J' 'IU,J tinoW~J" ..

"rp,lnce ~f cril1ze? .~ {jUld~nOWI,I' ...

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qUe sergeanJ beanne 'W'? flustered ,and, slioliing his fiead' btJidi and forlfi~ sai'll,'j ff 1. don :f:: have a: case witlioul' a, fiiei .and' l!: fill!; tfiat' ria'S .no' informa= tio!1J.' is no ,file a:! tJli~ a c.n~ne' "iUS t be c,om:rn l'tttd on' s,omeone' SOI,fJ!fwhere at' so,',ru~' 'tf:'rne or :it is .no' ,criilI1~ ,at.' aU., So tli~uyli. 1 wol~IJ Ii'lie to lie'l'" ~u, I tfiiJl'Ii tli.ts is ,11 In uttlr for ,fii9tier Q'utfitnilies. So J 'ivill jJ'lSt nave liD escort you :to Inc d:rJU'j,cL'jl1{i,9£'; ht! ts WI$t and' fin'o;ws ll:oiJV m ct!i'Jiside'f jllClS", .Jfe Htilt sn rt~r hte a bl'e tn help yell.'~

%e jOUrtIey ";0 ttle courlnolJse '~M'S ,long and' uneven,rfi!'.l.. q1f£' sergeant p'rtft 5£:11';';& SOil,ru~bo~}' an,d tBiil1li. :to llie jrul!1,e wlio Hinj vtry~ ~Jtry oJ.,(l.'. ,:J{;s face. H),liS s tern' .and fie ,,[{uJe' nO ,f:;rp,r:essia,n as 'tfie $,e:rgeanl' P'fl!se.Jd'ed ,tfie prolr lern:. J{e 'Ih,as as (J,ttl as time' r,';Self aruf 'DIJic-e as nJis-e" tj3.lf.nli assl1red ,S'onlt.bady' "hat ,lie judge WDuuf surely' halN! die .5oli;#oll1. :He ntver foiled' to ,6ave lE solution"

!:lfter Uie' 'wfioie' p nJb feIn, filUJ been ,desc:rlb'ed the.ilj~ge' sighed and sfioloi. fi'rs hen'a as ,if fie liad heard tnrs JjJ/i;f)ie tli.tng Q' ,tliml$tU'J'a 'tilnts h~fore,!, .J{e lImJ£ed ao'wn sternly, ,llS a tiJ'Y!d father I<ltould w any c(iitd' 'wlio a5A~d' ill. silly q'Ul$ti'Ol~. "'£isren:J» said' :tlie'Judge,. ~,and listerl :fo me 'well' so :tJial' tlii5 p!mbb, ltn1: is ne[;l'er hr1JJ1gIiJ btJore rny ben'eli tljabr:.

(;:Obvio,rl$~ 'tJiis ,Poor feUc)'w naJ either It)sf: ,or htJ'tl' filS identity stolell'-----tfiat: floutd fiu,P'pen :fio Qlryb'DdY;l so ~ln.til fie receoer« 'wliat' Js riglitjfJ,lty fiis I lit, is' tAl,ryhoJy. 0$,0 11,0ItV ),0',[1 fiave Q; name,foT' yo:r~ r 5iJly jonus. :And listen ii[)

mel ~ozt:n.9 m,an i ttJ'o~l:f tell

Po,;'fI'nln. 'VlJii'i' JII .... ;ji~ 141, ,C'~""'I',il 'I\i'·£''''1 ~v.r· ~ /. - 1JIl, Uu~ II; 111 KJ1'IV W' ~Ilfliu

YOU' are: or tlia~' 'YOU ~,ne' j'us,r S(J1r,H~body, We ,(iaw' jinJ1ly t:s-ta b.li.:slied 'tnaJ Yint. are SiJlyhv,dy,

~~ Jor recovering J<14ia r. is yeur5'~ tliat.' is a sinip,le' mattel! '}b,u' {iuve lost ytllU r iJ;entity; an' iaerrtily ts like anytlii~l.9 else .,.hal.' people Htea'r

.fur years. It {ius a pa,rncu-, ,lar/ilj 50 I ,5u99,es,t "fiat )'IOU go ar:oHJJ'd' lJ'JuJ 'try ou aU the r,'dentitits i1!' the district JJ'nt'il you finel tlie one tfia~; fits '. CJ1iat ,rc)fl.f! Htiil be :~~nl:" e:wn cftlld' tlie pel;SOrJ',i: wno' is 'weari.l~g it' ~wi,ll be 'me ,cn,lpriJ. I.'

tt all ~'temie'd .50 siur,ple' 1J'1~}'fV. ~q just, ,c(f.u-idu ~t 'f'magiTl'£' how tliqi liud' Jai.led 10 see w.tial.' was sn ob:viol'S" '~ey a',{i tlianked' :tfiej udge and jet ,out t_ogretnt!'" to' firullHl :i'de1.l fit}' Ilia#. :wt},uld fit. DflryhO'n;y~

9fnybod), mllS nuu:/i rt/~wed ltw fi:afH: at' teasi:' a: partial 501[~tiotl ,to fiis p'ro'blem, b!l;~' fie 'wolu/er:£ti, uwfi(J1 COfJld 1 be?~' Jfe aslitJ tBlinfi." 'ywfio do ',[Ill ;~Ji'lni l'lllirul Olit tli,ut J am? I"

"B,linR' faoked' at.· fit.'lR fronJ, fi:cucl to toe', '(Wetlj you'~re lVQ JWU'J9 1;0 be the jri~9t and if you mert film I Jiilt :wO'rdd li(1]1e.' fiall to £mjsf1:lt y,(Ul' foJt tlie ~'ObJ·tiO~l to you r p,n),blenll so 1 befjeve 'the. Judge is out. r,n really quite' sure di'a:t you 'te II~Ot mt' because you 'te nn~,1i 'too tall' a1nE yo',ur ~s are 'tlie wrol~9 color. l~Ol~ d'on ~t 1'0.06. m ucfi ,liRe ,il pl"l~ce.lRa1,r; ;von' lio'n 1 ,look lii£' a brfAtiisln:i:di beca 11Sf' POil]" tlrlUS are too sn,lalt. :No'J you d_l),ll ~t' "tlJ'Gli ,iilie iUryblt},dy specific 1 /iJl0 J!V. You ,looK sori. of general~ }M}U could' be cnryhocJY, H-

"l ,am ,an.r.botlYJ " otnyboly profi!s,ted. "'JIlo'~v J wal1:t :to bl! somebody' in plaJ~licf1ltll: JU

·"Olij·Oj ,sa.fd 13liJrR. "I can lUlllc'rstalul tliat I tlii:nli. you slio,[l',ld try bdng a ./'£W ,p8opi"e tllul l,n,ayh:f :t.tial' WfJUilJ !J,rJe :you ,an idea of wtirt you :lVOfJI{l

l't:. ,I ,~ .II.!!

U.Kf lO' UM! ..

~on ;t.' be ,silly, ~!, .sa;i:d' ,9U,lybo',dy, "':.Jlobo,dy.ge,;s b]' be 'who t:lio/ 'would lilie to be. ,It.'~ jus:t 'u,nlieaM of 1rou {i,'(JlJe to be 50m:eb:r_uly ,else' i~;,rJ ;tlial' you can IIlIun t, t:!o be tlirt person you 'want :(;0 be:" 1/:)'011 were tfie p,erSIOll. :y,ou ~l7tllr';fll to be ,lien YOll mO!iIJn:t ~MWI;t 'l:(,I' be Uia-t penum' S,o I m u.st be sOln,fbo,dy

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f'l5f",

rntinli. Q!}'rt'fcl. ~,i:tJi. tfiis. an.d was so. b~lp,rl!Ss.fd fie.lletilled :tliat sun!~~' 9Cny .. hody m:ust be S('J!WrJebo.dy il,i'teili,g,' m. t:f'iuf so tliey 5it~ ont to try on tlie tden-

- ti~! of ealfi of tiie torul sr.ho.ia 14.y nlen.

'J1iey' rrt~alli,,(l for fi,ul/,a (j,ay until they re-airfie,d Q tfiJn(iJ(Jre5~t. rnlurfi sla.~d ;tIie JtViSt-S~' l1U!Ij' ,of ali res.iil:f(l ill tfils.!orest, because' in irlie lrriddlt lola place so, fl~;i5led w1.'tIi 'vines antI. ;rfikfiels. lfie {1.lJerag.1f' 1F1.,an wmdJ' get lOIS t. J tis' ;ffie pllace 'w,(iere 0; man of /i,wfier eli'ucation is IJUj,Sl at fio~ne., PJiiJ.rk H'eut flIJ'J 1'0 explain, :dia:t tfie.l'ocal p'reolCrJpa'I~On Hlas to tino.'~1J ellery' twist' lind :hn7n of ~ry bll,sli .sO' you I~€ndd predid jru:t ]i.mrlt ~OlUe any stnn~ger Hl}{Ju,ld tatie' Ion au}' gillen day given tfie 5 'tlrliu9 ,Po.il~t tuul of ,0. rU'se ,flie des tin a ilon ,.

9fJryb~Jy mwti~: ,fio.ue' lasJi~d nbo.ut :'he p'GInt olsucfi flo ing,:) I' but fie 11ssuTned tfiaJ Q#lytflul' , ' fie coutdn;t "TJ',d'ers"tanJ IiOi~l! to .l'lSe "Ulst b'e very ,inrpor-l{ln t

, d~~',l (". ,.I ,C £ ~ rn C' C M.:'i1l'jniC' ~I··:,- J! roi'· c /'u lWl : .et"tl, u'O U1.51l.'llu I':f,f' aSKeU "0' .m", ".,v,Ult' ~5 ~uy !o:es.luultJ.on'~' - D U1R (]!1J~.,

sh.n~9geJ fiis shQuld'ers tlnd ,5tddl' "1' IJon Pt' Ii~Jolt} Jny way lUVUi!,dl, 50 n~f JU [J'S~~ jus.t walk a10J~ nd IU i~ttle until' Jilie fiti'd smne,one Jl,lio might be j'IOlf. ~,

tfJie,y Ifut"ereci the forest. aithorJgh ,tliey co-'ul(t see very {i'f:tle, tlirey'fol,' ;~fieir way Q'.long ul:mtii a voice' sli.outed in iii corrternptrllUf$ tonfl ".J-{lUV €I,are }J,O;~I ~1M1tli. arOlHUJ. btilr.dly? You can 't just fi{,n;~e; taken tlir: C'Olt.f$t! y,OII. lia'IJt.'. 'Where'i5 yonr des tinatfon ? -~' !Xff}Jb'o~yJ l1UU:fi tJjfitn ah!Qck~ de,ricleJ 'wli;oeuer lliis ptrSOJ" fr1.l'lJS I he' surely could H(J~l be .9f~'lYh\ody, :Jle. :tlitJf~.91if' [01 nLRrStlfi "I cUrj nruc6,tloo. polife fo,r 51~'ldi t:liS'lcmute:ol~snes.s, ~-

'The' S~T(nrge,r s.b.Ol'l ted U!}',aillj all.1,to'5,t il.l ;ct.ut!plelt' tJJi!)'tT, "l s,ay... :wfie'f'f is )'O',rlr ld:esii:wuli'i'i}ll?~~ '~,iITd'i 't-fplied" "eWe nave r.hilne., ~ ..

'Yp0I'Pyt:ru:k'j';; ;5(1,[(i ;~1ie '!mice", iftflllryhv,dy lias' a Jtredio'lL Sin'a ~Dli are ptlrt ,0/ the set. of so"neboJy )IOl! rru!'st;; have a ciireL1ia.H o,r yo ,1'1' :wo'u.ld I,rot be here !J'loiTJ!j' or ,corn in!) '" t'rnl see, it.' is si 'f,,,,Ple' logic" ~,

,anybo(lyfeil' confused at tfiis ,but Q'SSllfed tfi'e V01ite that' fie ~vas 9t~ryhodr and lio_d COf.ru! ~vi.th' CB..fln~ i~tv tliis jo,r€;st' no:t to g,(J ,OT tOln:e ,bu:t .rather :t;o ,find s au,d 5il-~ce fie a,ta not' lin'o:w lvhol.lie was ,lo(J'f:j~,!J.fof' lie €ltd lwf' li~uJW

wfien;: lie JWS I€!'lul 3.0 fie c~nr:id have no' dil':e:cti;on.

tTfie. 'Imi'ce 'yel1:eflJ ,-,;~,rtum j' bttu», linn dell!9lifJ!'d to; m:eef n. ma,ri SO' :vtJ~sed' in. tfie.' di's,r~p'lbu~ of diO!'l9',(it'. ~, ,t.{ mlr:n of greoi fieigfit st~p'pe:d ou t jmln,I' befi:rJul. a: tree nntl,f.11en:ded fiis nand in ""riconle" ,r.' art }'O;I'~ ,rJj die Lef1er$?'-~ lie :illq:rl.i.n~d' while fie' $fioefi. !111}',bodY"5 liand' i'n friendsliip. Yrlryb"edy r~p'ltedj ".1 m:~fit be, Kfnd ~tr- ("thml!#i fie ,really ~$ tfii'nfiil,rg nOHJ unfiJnd tlie 5;tTti:l~9'£r ,(icuJ' been). J have' lost, ~'n:r :id;tutity a~uJ.' I ,UtI ,lo(J'f.J~9' for ;tfie ma.n Jvli:o fias i't. Ijust tfioUSln,t,' ['f rntqii~' be in' 'ttii5'Jiir·est~. ~ crlie stran~}'t:r stvrpped sfiafib,rg !4nyhoJ.y~ naruJ anci ,said, 1'~Ter6aps J ;CXl:TJ' Q'ssis,t :~Olf; J .fia rJ.e' seej'<[ ,nf.al,l), identitt'e:S HJ.O~1r. tfi'ror19fi by 1Ro.rcy ,pt;oplt Jvno ,COrliU! tUJ'a go' in. tfiis forest Who' we~e ytJ:r~? n

anybo(ly' m;rglit. /iaw, ,sa;i,(t ~J ,don.'~f .Gl:(n1,\1~ y fJ3l(:i ,fie Jivas' tiTtid oj',Stl_yi'I1!J tliat lit htl,d .fl(J' JnIn,le llinJ lie eem',ld rCTnen,rbe:r;, fJje-sJ~de&1 lie Rn't'n) 'W,I'tIi tota.l

collvicfion (fiat lie 'was, ,at'least.'/or tfie Uine" !Xnyho.l£ty., So fie replir;edJ "I nm~u'-t Vlnybcl'ily: II'

rtfie old scfi'otar ielure:d love,r to !fn:yb,ody' ,and'jaz.ed lIt /i'i:m 'eenly: J"," aslCec$ inq'uisi~tiuely;, "Is :tlial }'tOur na m,e ren',li)'?';"

anyhtuly c,ouJd nave repllftd by ,rt:icountiny tlie ~l}fiole set ~ld"Clunsttlrzcesl but lie' WillS ,co'n'tenl' to' Jay o'1ily r.{io:t at tfiis filtH? Jt was fii's. reaJ UlllJli and at s.ome otlier i't. JiVQ.s someoin'£ elses+ rtfie old $cfioli!r tIi.(Jr~!J',6t 'tllis O':v;er ,and btj,an '{~9aiFJ', ~·:J{tnv cun .I be of se:rvice to you? l:ts not tlltryi/C1Y mat.;::{rrrhody CDRU~$ b,Y.'· tTfie old JtI~J]1. beg,an i~o. ,l,augli. to fiimse.q" a,uJ repeat fils JlJtuiis 0 wr aud lover.

!JCny.bod~'90~ 'IAf',}, 1.Dad lJnd fo,fd tlie sdio,llJr fiis problttn as.faf' as fie and 'Blink ceula tell it. ~e scholar t1'poio~9fU.d fo'r fiis no\f ltl!id:frst-alJdi~9 ;tfie seriorJ'S1l'tSS oJ#ie sillul1ion . .1fe't!ien sfJ!J'!Jcsfld Ihal tliey cotJ"S's~{t, otlier sdio.l~ ars .si.nc-e tfi:e; problle1~1 r,vQS ,~a lly ,an ,aclurlem.ic 01l't' .by ntlture",

So tlie old mtJn ie,d tfi£fR ,througH t1ie'fol"t!'5tJ (nul ,told them: that tliere JlltlS a c{ltning ill' dil' millJIt., lof tne forest nfiert! the' oldeJ;f' tree hl. tlie la'li"d 9rel~: ''There fie Jvolu{d S,I'UlunDn tfit. )Pise .rn"tm an',d tQ§l'lther 'their great ,mi'nJ.s ~1lJOiUld. ,jin'd ,tlit so.lutil'n,

On tfie ~way tfin)~l!J'1i Me fo'Ttst ::tnyuo.1dy llsRtd the lvi5't 0('1. man I~,fiy 1JlfW[ ~fli~~ovteJge Uwd ifJ: t/ie old forest. ,J{,e' recorJllled the. e:rplaHation gilJ.f.lZ

to' lii~u ,by ']3"li'nk .and' ,(Jslii'l{l jor tlit. tr,U,tfi of't:ll.e nm;t:'i;er. lJJie o,ld scnola:~ lvitfi ciif}'.nf'ty anti sJ,n,"'f!rityJ simply :st;atedj «iJ,vliaf.' ulas in :tlie for:tj;t W,GS lit.i:-' "ier:stooci an{l P,[t'A'j;r{iable' ":0 ',/iose acqII;Q;irJ,ted' Mlil/i it. What H;l1:$ O'U tlie OrJ:t-, :side Qltli~,forest; J!V6S n n!e.xp!tainable in' terms of tlie for~~:, So as all ttdu-, cate,d "r,um do whim 5Gnl:e,rfil:'~g is UfJ't:X,lJ'lainable, ,tfitJ~ let rtli,giiOll tJypil1:in ;it. ~e,llgion r,tt)l,£lS 'U£I}J gOOlJ fo'r eJ!plai,~rl'ng Jij,/iat. lr1tG:5 niH' in 't:fielOrest.:, h,tl": ;i:,~ Jllw,s no't lfI:!'uth lISt r,n tlie ,forest. ,5.0' ~1ie l~fi; it:' ou" {iJ.I'd fJ.llrseluf;s ilr,;; all :rfiis 1llatle a,{,lUJ's t no semu~ to 9fil)~.bod,~ but fie luted as ,fllie un,(Jer~too'(l (;rtm.p'ltlely;

Soon !lfllybody ~VQ'$ ,Sii"ti'ng on' the 9'T:llun:d in Q dearing in :tne lTd'utilc of :rhe j(J res t. ulitn a 91.i',arie[(J and :witlient,d' tree 5iandiF.19 belore liirn. :J{e was S~i':rro uuded by ald' scfiolars Jro1nl: ,every ,pat1. of Ih£ forlSl': lNen ,01(1 {nul. yourW 'Ivim 'wh,fle fifIrr ~n~d' br~:wn~ tJna ,et!fJ}, iJ'nog,ijrahte ~ype of artSS ,a~uJ. manner oj'spealiiF.f9. 'IfiJeY )ilitre tliSt;'Ussiny' "lie IJrobleni's of SfJryh(Jd)p~ trying lilie; :tlie 'w,ije In!e~l tfiey' 'I~rl' tv find' n. to!),h:al s(ji~!di;o~!. !;{wryhvJ}' ,j i'ISt

,g,re:w 'tired (nui fiJ'uvgiJP tl.I,ul,fiJn1i1y so s,leepy that:: lie letu.J:t:ti lI:fJ' ag,ai!J';s~: '13irllR. a~n:l J1,en't: ,to sleepl,.

q-Ji:e' 5etond' lfii'ug tlia t fut b«uIII t.' a l'van of as lie: t7: w,ofie :Wlts ;ffie tl'iS1QIllJ nulled finlilrng of'wlia;t sonFuletl ,lile <tliof1s;anas ,ulld thousand's: of'tiTlY be.l{s., rtliis SO',lu,I'a 511 ,i:r7:tlig~l:eJ. fiiJn, ihid ,fie: qLlite CO'l1if:orl,uhty fo'g,(Jt whl!<r ;f/if,'ftr-st tliin!J had been.

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9f5 fie e(J~"f'rly Jre~w hr.lIlS'cl! to his. feet} tie no,tice:d tliat in tfi~ snug 9 rsss ,i/~ tlielillle holio'Ji) u~lder' lfie ;~O!J,tveri1.I~}' tree r41}fitrt fit Ilad bt:en sleeping inert

- ~VlU the ou'r:lrne of l~ot olf,eJot'n'l, brJ t :f""H~v., ,(,~le5id,f h'i.TnStlf willi b'O,t/i atann, and crtrio'srty" fie ,gilJ'nced l"l1pid(y a rou~uJ li'inlJ fio'p'ing to discover some" ,m~ ,els!f.", l~pO'n' seeing no Oint" lie: s':l7ftc,heJ liiruse/fliRt a: cat ~J',JJ HM'S piea5'=' antly' sllrplrise,d 'to find tfi:at (ie ~vas dressed ft'own: head -to toe in a. 'l;f;ann~ Sl1J!fJOlli, ligfitlve,ijht gnim jllw,np sui:t.;..._fli:c'!nbrit: ~vas '1~1."i:'oily untUit fabrics fie' fiad e:rpede7u:ea beforce i

rrfie sun refiected ,brilliantly ,off t/ie dew, ~vfitcfi still s'pl1rklrxl o.rr the bJaiJes of !J.ross Ul die field thut' bO'Me,u/ fhe eage of tfie forest Vls' ht. stroae into' the ,sullli.9fi~ fie felt, stre~9tli jloJivirlf) tlirv1n!Jli 1i!S' enfire bO~}j refreshing him . .1le W,lln,ted' IJ;e"Y lffucfi to ai5,cDver the so'~'~rce !of tht, till'filirtg 5011l1.l1si wfiic(i still !iUe.JJ flit. air- {TOrn 'hrne. ,to ti m:e. So. j itaAtiny ~fu!: fiist path ,tha:f.' led ill tfie; id'r'redion a/diose $Ol1:11ds,. litt w,'tli~ed m;m'f{n~ II ~9reat dttance.

Jfe was jr~sf be9iw,ni.in~}' :to :wo'J]"d'er w/ie're fie mas an:d 'Ivhen fie w,ou(,l meet ,scnneone :Wh,fll fie saUJ a ETta-if of s.uu;/ie ,risintj' tlbOI:H! the :tnrs into :wfii:ch tlie p'n·t1i fie 'r.1t~'S foUo wi}19 ,tlisappeared, vrs fit enrer:ed tfie woo.ds.r fit, c:ould lrnell "lie'fl~'rt, ,~s ,:lie. tinlil.ln~~} sound liad 5toppr:dj fie' ]iIJQS also tlblr: to liflllr tli:f!' sound of r,lls(ii'l!J' ~vate1~

a short aisla:nce j1Jfo tli.· J;1'OOtlS,. fi~' CturJ.,c' upo.n a CO';tk1.ge beside a ssrea rn • ''De.['fjhtet:t lie ,qllrt:ktrTifd fiis pJ1Ce anclJ l;earlii'l~9 the ,10'01; fie k,J,wlketl lJ'fie

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d:oo',r SWUl1g ,op~n sl(rr~JY1 ilJ.l;d in the; sfiafi: oj.ligfir.' ~fi,llt, penlltra:tid :tlie ,cot.ll!jt fie could see oll~y tlie: uw's" innazin!}' ru.9 fie nael eier Bleen:", 'Di~'tc,tly in ffie ,ctlder ol'Me. poritJon oltfie nil}' l'gli:ted by the srnufiiJ~e W'U5' ," fiujeJ 5'l,'I,UJo,fni. mUJ:ul. ball of c,rys-tal whose aWJ1Jirle.r lilJa'S ne,lfr~~ eq val ;to hjs fiergfit

J"Io .sOI,nul' fa If,re fi1)m tile rJlt.en;Of' ,of the (;ot#a9,e .• r trailing ,o~;t se,v;eral ti1JU!S in fiopes lof attmcting 'tlie a;ff;entiVfl oftlic .co;ttage'$ tlWrrie~, lie ,:)tepptJ i'ns,tJe tlr.l',a finn:i"y cLosed' the: daor, rtfie: '~ry sec-o,nd tliat' t/iie' marl ,$et',foo't 'i'nsidf tfie' ,coJt'U§'t.'J' even: as fit!.' Wl!'S clolsfn!)' :t1ie tJoo,~ Q. trtln.tndolU li'l~.9in9 ef tfiOU5Q'uds anti 't/ilnJ'StlTl',a:s ,of ti'lY bdts began. Witfi tn,' door clo$ed 'Me SOlt:tui' oj'me b~lls ucedeJ ,to a di5~tQ'nt mUntllir an'£t a;ltJiol~!Jfi lie co'uld l~ot' disceoer i;fs SOLUTe.. die ,~mti~-e :hzlenoT' of tlie' coti:tLge 'J~'$ softly l~'t.

rflie: tli(J:rt9fit~llfM) and melodwu.s-Cdlru; to' Ii/r'm: ''''~'' gltnu:ir.rg annuuf tile tottagel fie' nioticea a .sttarnilW bo wl o!',$(J,IUt son of porridgel II gab,ldfidt of a .9o'lden, liquid' Iliai' s"ut!IJed tiff'jresli ilp'ri'colls~ but~er t/rJ',d scmJera{ slic-es of ricli £In.,-(£. .b~"tt1ld' tlitJJ~ to' fils ,surprise; 'Iva'S w,ann Ito the WltC/i:'.

'~~J1i fie tllC1Uy'f'it to fii"I_setfi J may as MIL Mf .. l' ,snail need' 5,fnnglh, wliat~ ever ,(iappens no1' in' tlir;s iuavenl:u JlT,

,:)1,0 $OOI1J!e'r fiu'd fie ftr~islied fijs metl;l limen Hi.e J:i.lrttrware nr:ul oJ-sties' 9',(J.v£ iJ!la fii§li pttidi cnid itliree/lnsfi'es &/.lrgh;t:, ,and 'van r;sfiea 'i~viJfiarJ" a ;t:nlc-e ,of

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$l@.IlfUJ., 9ft ilie $a nu~' i1J$tan t:~ 11: IOJiv-pitt:lied~, ,gelr.fl:y maveriu,9' ffJ:dosJiO:ll$ 'mice filled fils. ~ninjd turd tfil' ,c(I,tl:uge" 9f1.: first tlie. Jivonls llIJel';t inid'lJli1J',d, aitfio~gfi Ii~ ~!Je~1J tfitfr rneaftif!9',. qjien tile' J.w"ras ,beclJ'nte distinc,t tnul fie 'w,I1R{ie,rea I:n fron t, oj"the foi,~r.tiy ,glealn,ing hldl of €ryM tal..

~S.:elfle yourself fvuzjYrla'bl;y all tlie ]Iva)" de'wn, ~

a c(Jrm/rntable' €fic1.i,fo,co;,u:Ii' appeafftJ btiteaJh ,fiin~,~ an',(/'lie did",

"t a m ready ";0 Un'$JIJe'" your q fJ:e,sti;fJ.lu-asfi then". t.t '11ie 'Iroice enveloped' film ,and fie tlio~9fi:t fie; 5inv!la'sties of liglit in' tlie globe" :He Wtl.5 brta'thirlg ctJ1J1Jfo"rtnh'ly: .J{is hanlis ,r£sle,t/ lrgfitlly' ,on lii$ tfi'~91iS..

~Ii::o are 'VQu? ~

r:

'~9fTUJ H,fiO a:re YO'.Il'? n tlie 'llOict f~piled,

".lJPtJ~ vlhybodyJ " Iii, r.-epli!ai 'liVith. ,~(Jj~fldenc!~'.

M .. 1WuI do')IOu. Rnow 'ffiu·t, yeu ,are ,;1n:yb,odypM

"~96ld fioir~ d:o 1 roiiOl'l' mat fit! 9fnyboJoy?·· fie' asJi:;ed flirRsclj. .9Cnd fie 'WOJ1-' d'e,rt!tJ what it J~41uld he t"ifi.e to Hot be anybmly: "I 'm not $Ur..!1 ~. lie ~J,i!SH~'~

ftnal~y .

.. ~~O' you ll!tdly ~fiin'li thaJ b~ca rue you 're not sure you ",n' anyb(J(J.~? ,.., qN.is C()'I,ifiM'tri. ,6ilJl 11;( first. 'f'!:J{ (J j! .1:' ,m!e'an:~, l' idO'Jtll' iino:w ,htnV .1 1i1.i'l!n~1J l'rn: !i1lyboJoy. I~

"("/JVould :you: tike 10 leam fi01V to reiai/<r be ,£(ny,bociy?'" ;~lie :lJOic-e toax'fd

!I,enlly:

'"7JVlia~ dOl you UI€Q'Jf?'"""' ,,"1/i; foil' ,Stnrl:ew,liat· ,lI'tJ:rmed at tfiis qUfsJi;(m.

"t mean te,(1rn:i'~9 fia ~t~ to' really be ,9l~-ryh\O'~;YJ '" the votce tUi',S'lver-ea JiI!irh a soft Cfi'li:C~{,e.

~s 'the VO-iiC.e f'tided €J'lvaY1' Ii,is 'eyes f~c'lueij on tfie su;;i,ling Flds~ J!!Uh·f~1. tlit:. bt1lf of crystal anti a'IJ~.bo,d)}' ,ag,ai'n s~~~elltd die ,s'wed' ,co",l rna,ming' ,dr even ~1'S fie., hIla this very morning. qn:e' .dr~9iny of a: bird tUJ,d' tlie j',O!l:FllJ. of air .r-u;sh.fn,g :rIiTiOZI!)'fi the. teaves ,0/ 0; tree 'r-11ftr-e o verfit'a d.. rffie l'ZJSfs s.lo·ii,v.f.y parlruJ ,tifulli.e .sa W' ·me fi9lJre of ll: yonJ,IY ma:n c1.r!t!S.sefj iii. ,g.rnetl. frf},m: flea;d to toe. rrJi,: m an ,be9a~1: :~'o $·ti:I~~ ,antl i!I:S~' 115 lie. }1m'S op',euiny Ii,j eye5.~ lie liea.n1 tlit s.t:nI:FJ',dl, dis ta FJ t, lHlCl,11. i'! ';edj ,of UUUi'y bells.

9lnybody Icould'jeel.N.ij' lieartbea;t ,quickel". ,3-(1!; le:all:ed $llgfi:~f:y fofwa nl "Ii fiiJ cli!€l:ir-t,'€}ucli, 'Ilie yornlg Plon jn'ortly r-O'$t to lii5'foe1: and'gifu,I',CfXi back to r,;vlie'ft lie,' ,had' been ly'i.n9'~' lOOked' llrcnurll :w,itJi (iuJcli. tFUn)flr.U~'I1,r_s j' tntl" .siJletc:hed' Q]ulJ after a: 3/i'or1; ,pu:us.e ~ rnorJed fU:I"OSS a fitl.lI"

Yfiryho:dy (ontiJnr:ed ,to li~atcfi and lJsten 'to wfiaif. happened Ie tfie' young JJ~a[1 :iu tfie ball ~f crysinl bl,l~;r.·Iii5 a;fteJ:1 rial:!. ·~W{€;~Jtdfn~d. ,.J{js ,bo(/y HJaS ten'sed' as if tv lJ:voLd' s(nnetfilng,~ so lie' d~eiih't.rate,t:y Sll1'o'Otfiea' o,lJ:d {lf~pe~le,l fiis' ,br:-eatfiing. fJ1i.e slf)una's j s~~.Hdl$J and ,sigh'fj tfiil't ,rt1.1JU~' to him: froTH tlit: ball

I~f c.rystal' M~,fre SbYl.ny.ely Jinn i:lia,rJ url(l tfiey ,could SOlfi:dirues ti lfj a ,b(e/.I' insiae !.'lnybo~)', j{lS hOldy je,rke:d sli!Jlitl,' as if to demand fiis fi~'li. atleJl'~ tion to wn:al w,as Deer! rrill!}' beJort hi'lFL j{e liea rd ,the SOIlna of rusiil.~g wafe,r: cr'fie'I"t :W{~$ sffl.{J'ie ,nul tfit, er;en;ts :in ,tlie baH seem;f'(l 'to' llcc,eiert:l1l'. 9l fiFU)clii1.fY 01,i' a, door :starl:~ted' hiJ,n 50 ifia" fie nearly jU1npcd old of his rliair~co;r!~cfi .

J-(e h.ttlro. au :in:dis:tind c1)' fr0TJl, batli r~ifli.i$.1 the.' htdl' ~fc.f)J..sta,,{ a~:! d' 'i~1J,itlilout. It sCJ'l;rncied ,{['lie s.:nnetJ'IJe [:'alliJrJI~ "Is a!.!))hoJy hOJF!je? Is .9blybody' fitJme?"

mil' lirij:!:s swir,led all (J;bont M~itfiit,i: the ball,. ,:Jk' ,dtowtd his: fif'(H} to faU back .agQ:inst tfie'lii9fi bacf{ of'#ie' ,ctiab~ou.(,'lij and IineJI' nO' nwre,

1V11en .9tfJ)pbody fegained cl[)1I5d;o1i.S,fresS'J ;tlie '~~lti:'9 luau W,d5 jU5l:/i,utsfi-, ing eiafing. :9filyh',ocj.y 5h'f.ven~d sligliti'Y '~1JIie.'U !i.e hearcl. tli r:ee fii91i-Pl.t'cfi'ed 6:11 vsts of .sOlIna follo'wed by ,u lo ~Vj' m~lod,~f)us: rn lJT1Jl U ri1.fj l!:nd sa ~IJ flie yO'ru~9 ,nllll, sio""ltiy £1'n\11. (u!,d' nlOil1l' t€niVali~" iii," j'Or tfie. r:ejleclioJI in tfie ,b,ail of crystaL .J{elrozr; wi'th ,aiann. I1S 'fhe fig li. re ap'p£'l1rtcl to' step' :!'I.i'tV liis very sfi.o~,~ (U.fYJ: ,ana llien ,(,o'wer Ii'r.nrself in"D flie very rliair-t'Ou;c(i tfiat.: 9l1'lyb.ody lva'S SJttiTJf/ r'n. 9fnd' Inen fie Juul.er.stoo',d'.

cr/ie' :I!,otce be!Jcu1' to' ta ugh soft.fy out ,ti,e laughter !Jrew 1'0' ,9tde:...lUie pro .. , pO'rlions~ a Inf.O's" s.fiuliJn9 fii.nr, Xe tlitJuJlfi:f,' lib llli1.l'd J1!O'fJ',ld .split,

11e Deanne a mare ;~fiat. ·tlie Iln~9IiJe!f filUJ stopp,ed.,

'~ell~ {i:o you !I,I1,derstaTuJ fiow to really be Yfnyb'Olr1y? ~~ ~fie utdce asiEed qfI:t:etly .

.(;(J{Oj 1 J;on"'t: uruJ:ersmnd,,»

,:rlrs ,nina 'f!JMQS in. :tunno,i"i. :He r~~[)l1de~~ed wiia:t· M)fHI;'Ld ha.ppe'J: ,flext.. ,.., Vflld' yell. ~ltOJj'd:et 'what 'w,i:li ,1ia,pp\e~i nat, dO.lr.':t '~Ol'l,?I'

!fro/body ,co'u,lel not· Ui!' tha'L &fr.ld lie idid. ,,-1ft etl rue to (iis sej"[~e$ ~.Utn fie' ca,f1!Jlit ·f/ie first 'wafts of tlie S]l!Jeet~ ctJ'Oi :l,fJlorning' €dr, ~e s.e.COI1'(j' 'flif"ng mat. tie. ,b,i!ClUVre lUIHlne.' ,of res tfie ,Ji:5I11Ut" nUl;te.'a tiJ,~lill1.rg of what. sou1.ritea ,lflie tnoUSQllds' t1JJ'a tli€Jus(urds qf tiJ'o'Y' bells. :Jle' d re:w fii"Jls,eij ~o fiis foet uli:aer tfi:le' l:o'w,eriIW tree lnrtt,',r.ru'l;ttcaliy, fils nUl,u-l .raciug afi£ua tv find' 50nte way ~1,brea'J:ll!) l'fie' :ine]litable'jllJJtli of,everr.t5.

Jte: stTll9yted' des.pe.nlteJ.y. :Jfe. lue;w e..Ttl.clly w,fioJ' 'Ivo~iJ happen: U1Iles$ Ii,:f!;' JVUS able to' act. ;.tslie ap'p',"O,acfied tne 'woo,as 'wlit.re the' SOU ''J'o' ,of rusliirig ~lia.llr tn~(J. tlie s:m;ell,o! sRUJIlie eme.rged.firrm, Iii'$. hr-eatfiu7!J .cJiQ'lrged; b,er,oiIU.i'll.9' liarsli. :Jfe n',oticed' his JiCUJlJ:.s ·~1.Ni$e cleucht:d in;m fists. ,j{i5 'I!i.~ stun 1ms. blllr:rea ,and' tfiere ,seenr.ea to bl£' a: fo'r.nt I;uJrJiTl.'()si~y conliny fro1l~ the rigfifj near where tli:e' pitItfi. ,f.mltf;tcl·tli.e. 'waot'is., g(~' fie t'lffj~) ah,rtatfj't of it, fie Ii" ned tii ''fJ:self' ~~i.ffi ,ali his ,streng,tfi ri.jJli;,' It);Wli rd' wherE' /i:e.' had !}'li'rnp'sea th/i' !J"fn~i'1lJ"

fJ1'm:e seemed s~t5p:tnded .Re m:o;vea liis body lU' tlior~91i t{i,ro'flgli ,tT: 'fliieli. 'rflStOUS' fl~i;itl. .:His' bOldy flit heoJ!'f tH"d ~Huespo'rrsim!,. fJ1ier:e w.a~ ,Q s.lf!JIi.;t w,6.i:spe,ri~~9 iu /i}j ears. rtfie p'.r,e$S,i'l'~e 9!l"fr~~ ,U5 (ie notic'€d ,fiis foet passing O!Jef' me etig,e oltlie road., Su{Jdenfy, as ;tliOl~9fi fils bo,dy null b'£llli ,(di!acfied to' a. !Jrganttc ,nr hbeT hand lliaf fia'J $~l:QPped'J fit, :sii.o.t,fo'fW,a1Yl a;t SliCIi a: /iigli ra.tc' of speed lie shun hted ,(,I;1,ul felt fiis Rw',m:en:f:um sendJ"g ,fiis body rotliJrt} fhrlJ:ugfi tlit:. fiigfi ,9 n~fn ,9,rtJ~S$ fo',r ~'lnne tii:stan,ct.

:Jle. sa:w a fil~:ge, ma'l;y-,l~9ge,d ,creai[tu-e "rid!' iantenrUi:e F.QOMug :tJirol~9fi a,rt il,,;ten'l:i"ll'ublf'fores:t.· of ben,rli'H9' ,atuJ 5 mayulY p"lan:ts {UI:d !i;:e; 5,nndled da:rt ricfi e{u1fi" ,J{, 'wo~'!d:eud 'tv$iy fif',folf no ,a i"an.n, ;at 'me apiprotQ(fi oJtfie treat;!'Ul~', ,J{iJ e1l'ti.·re pt:rcept1o'li: sliifttd 'I¥fien fie fieardJ ,above a q:f1'tel: T,I'lsli ,of tlie ~1'inJ' fli,m1ugfi tlie ,p"la:nirs J a: strtUreely ,fn,r.tili·a.r VOllle', ,d'eep! l€l~~d ."nel~l.. dious., "~!lnd lio ~~ lO'1,19 tU~' ~u !}OJ1lj to lie ;tlier~ lvollcienng ahollt: it. wuli

'W'iI'r'r :r,:r,,ffl,,r..,, P--'~,"j\O.i ;,",1\1'1 '':;;;e ,J'it."": fl:'"I.J tJ ~n,"'''''' .!'J' ," . ..;.~·IJl,·· In:lJliJ.I:~ _ ,::~u ~l!El[';;-l:i 'flG DJIIJ.! Lf' Ci~-.· Ir ,,-~,~·~C~ ,fl'- rWJ~!IJ.'1"

£I_Nyb~,dy lifij!J. ,fiis head. ,6o'p.efully~ q'her-e fie sa W a rnaR ,dressed all iT! fl(JI~Jin9 purple lobes wUfi' lldlliil"e liair ,(1mdancliing ,across fils snoulde,rs,. tJ1ie nral,l,is ,eyes ""ere de1ftl' ,€1J1ti .9firyhtli(J.y ,ccnl,ldn~t: d;,dJt,' "1J1httf.' ea,lor 'Itiey real~y 'W£J'f.

~fiere ,lUJll?Y' fie as,teft pulli'~9' lii:'~'[$elf'to ,ll sitiing po'sHioi,n.

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.nere.

"'-q;'lI.ilil)nerfJ ~I;fien!?' r.tli:is ,c'Ould be (fie. ,ni&dll of Ito rct1fie:re,. ~

... -:;v 0 j no J' no~ ~ cfiu,c~{,ftd tlie Tnanl fils :wnite hair lfUUJiJ:l9 jlui(Jty. "qfi is ctJ;utd be' 'tIi£' edge of nowliere~ but i't £'iel1niF.!~y isa llhe mil/cile. " iJ1fis 5eelI~:8d' to' cl.eJi!}Jit:, liinl: ll'Ji:d' fie sat ihe.rt,' on fiis rOlf.J.' fiis llrhite fia'r:r sfiafi.i1r:g f Il!'f1!Jfi= in!)' q lll,'et~' :to liilt1.s,elf 'wfi'fle a:nybotfy loo'/ietl llfl"

9I.JJrhrJd~ wnnted to ,qltesti'Oil hi'nl. further b,~'I.1.' fie lfiorJ:!}lif: :tfiat l/lltJldd be use" lsss. ,$0" ,giancin,!}, back over fiis Sho,[J.,{dtli lie' began to 1.fJ,Ov.e atol~9 tfi'e ed&'if;' of tnt; )1!O~ds to ,fie "Slit. aJrer fie hall tr~avell:d $tnne d.ishlnt:,e~ lie beeasne a r,vnrt of' ,11 shaliow tfi,_!t seellted iai"JVnys :tiO mooe] i'J'SI in'si'cie. :t(ie Li:nt! ~l 'IVOV4S a:b'Out JOO ~~1.e,rel"$ hehill'd' ,fiir.Q"" J-fis bodyJrU ,Ptlmc:uiarQ}' ,aim;' tfie q,ld~'l w,u.s 11l1nicrving. 'ffAcfi time fie ,gllJ',n:cea (I.ir:ectry} a:t tlit: .sp'Dt Hthe,re' lie tfiougfit Jiie' s.fia,do:w :was 1 tfiere 'was. notfiing t/i'I't',.l.J1ie wood lineJ. altliouyli

fi:i'l"firo' ',' 'if T:(,:fJ 1"111',, f' .... eol'l'-."",d '''\n "~~jlrH' ,(I'ru' "'~UE:l! Ily ,I,..., ,Ifi' .0 tel'h' ~~ .... 1_ .. ' .' I~jf' -!Il. .. J ~i~~~iI'l~:~ , IJ~ .. ~ Ill-II 'iP. 3" .!L_i.I-~,m4."li"l" ~1LiI' Ill· I ~ II~ jif.,~

If' mas tate in fne afmnUJ\!Ul ~vlifn £lrryh\Ody ctfnne atrt)5S a path. ieculil!g in,to lli:e woo{ls. j{e hesitated and 'tIiCl,i' lie,cide,d' to try tfit. ,PotfiJ rtaS01fil~9 tfi:at l't nlust lead' tv n4i£re sonrc people W,f're", Jfe' had' hiaral}' !J',one :JlHlre :tfian 100 meter~' ,into' tlie wO\oas ~"tiefJ' 'there. ~iiJaS' ,a r,wd'i and so;e'Uld of i,I'M)v.elu,eut beli'ind him" £otJ'R,iug backJ' lie Sttw ,t! slit1n lfl'fri:ny, con:stant'i:y ,lifln!11:~rg ,t)hQpe tria t b,lolfel€l' out tfie light ,(tnn in!) aOJvn' tli.e; p',alfL

,n W,li:.5 1~Ii;oUy or1fside ofiils tJfpe'fien~';l! ,{;Uld' lie IMS frig'iil;fUf!ll", as t6e figJln~' Q{lrAtlnced ,!'l'p tlie path fo'w,arcl hr.nl.J fie ,carefully frie.d· to! !C'ui1n. liin,I~5elfi

sayin!}' ,over a1J',d' o~r ogai1J.J ~r.-rner,-es no' reason to he. ,afrar!d; J\fo reaso.n to be afraid', ~ tTlie m,ore fie s'Q:id it die mare afraid fie foIt,

~Sudd~n.~y :t/ie u:II:f.inlNvI1 crea.m r~' rusne'd to ward film 'w!tfi a cry~ 9fnybody no' [{Ulger tiCllJ conit:ro.l ,over tiis ,b,ody. ,J{ts tliou,9lits vanished lUld fie ,caIn; to' firs senses. Wi:rh (J single srr.fooltli :motio1l:) ne turned and .raced ,atJ'f"n llie. p,lr.tfi •. .J{e.fol'· JYeJ}' li!Jlit. as lie; sped on; okliougli fit lva"S {ri!Jfitr:neJ' Qui of fils wi'tsJ lie fiea:r;d 1i1'In,eifgiggie,

fJlie soun:d of flif unRfltJwn crea"mre !cunl,f' clJJse.r an,d fie' t/i,Oll.!Jht fie folt :its 11)t1.rm blf,oo:!fi ,on Ii'is liead, J'!15;t tfien. fie ell ught $~9(it ,of a brid!Jle' ,aerrJs~ ,(1 rushing stream: land a: house on tlie otlier side. Urgutg .fiftnstflto ,fl-peJJ'J ,ail fiis ,enelYYJ. fie'jlcl5ned across die: brid!J'l' to. dii· firn15'~·. W,iuld':u't: fies.ita:= tionJ or w,ondering whetJieT' anyhody was (itJmeJ' fie' l£'aped to ·tfie do,oTJ, (J'pened "it llJ,d .rusfied in', sJam,m:in!l 'ffie ,doo.r befil"rui' niJf.!. as lie did, J{e tiM rd' :rIi£ flium:p of a lieavy body' liitting die' ,doo'f' nb,ove tfit. sound ~ltliousQ'lrds flJid tfio.usan;ds "ftiny bells as lie MUap'sed into a /iMP o'n' :t/ie Jl(}o.'l~,

t:~9fnd W.HO a.r£ "y,OU: nOH,~pn boomed a/ow,. melOdious witt f'fiat q'uilRJy de:teriDrared info' :tiiurtde.ror·l's IQ~9Iite~ qIlen lie c{n~9Iit the: firs,t· livaft of SJ.veei, ,co,o,{ morning aiJ: Jft ever'so sloll1ly ,opened fiis tyl'5., ,cnr:e sound ,oj rJ'!'sfii,'9 Jivater ell'me from befiind fiim a,ul tIS hie carefolly rQ,ited of)tr~ fie tar~9fit siglit oItfie fUffJ:bl:irfj, 5p'ilrR1i~9 water that' streamed' by .him.

only:.. a fi~w 'r~!~ii:JJ'\('{I:~Lnn,)!_ 'I'l:-{~_~ ~~'~ J~armd ilJi lHlJHIJ'J tut,d·., ,;6,01'1 "'bh, .. ~~, J

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to thei,. orrt,ginaJ ,restilfj pOli'1,ff..

as lie stru9g,led (Dr $tand~ tl"tyb/JIdy beclune ,(/;'wnre of w,n.otiy n'ew and'joreign se,nsa'ti01JS" tJ1i:fs !lam! liiTH pa use. :Re tore fits eyes tHI1.\'ll}' from fiis

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lu,rroun nrS5 J g/lJlIC!f.lY r t u .e. .·:.rst ,D..nre .' ,OJvn: at . ,15 ···,an. $~PIl,W$'" . OR~"~

.. - " ,fJ' r:« -_..1.,.,' , f.J,' . ,. J'r- ~~, I ,-- ,-'-, I· - -,.1 4£ -~,,', c C "d' .'

paws. J1e .uea~-;u: a srran9u~(J ,cry ,ann ,onltf ttUi~T rM~mf1 il!n,tl:~. !.f r~Q., ,come

fiV1TJ. fits own throat.. Xis liaRd'S ,o'r p~~ llr~j or '(owhatever' tfi~ 'wen· shi;m'mer:td

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I'n tlie' ,lr.gfi't tfiat/lfclie.rl:d 'th,rnugIi' tfie lea:ues oJ':,ne trees above' him,,, .J{j;s

liana's. Hltre ,SO,llllcliio:." i'115u'bstalTtial" at· 'times lit; 5'eemed to be' ah,le to Site

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,tfirou-9.fi tlieln.·=4liey p,ll. i"'cr~dihly fle.tihle aln:l' yn Stro,Ng, J{ts entire bo,dy WIlS. CowT,i?t1 :wJlIi 'fne ,eUUJJt' $,6imlJl:e:ring j ,for'-.lrJie 5ubstt1nce .. ;J{e./hu,uJ tliat lie' lM.s ,equa"l~ €Omforlllhie ron tlllJO' a~uJ' ~n finr:r legs. ,91' porn'on of fils Jnm~d was frOUN iil terror tlJul ramOUSn:ent m~u1: .r~fos,ed to ,Ilc-cept' wnat fie Am's $,eeing arul foei~fJ!I' :Jie 'lO!fJ'c~'d :t1iat tie ~5 able 'to fiea,r MlitJi ,j1;Dre rG;Cu'te .. ness 'than' lie filM/. e[!f'T' expenenc£;a=DS t1ie Hiin'd In;ovea jeut(y· tfiro.ugli :tfie tea:vcs Q:bOW'i' fie could detect." the ,SQ,fJJUJ's give]! oJf'.lrf etJ'cJi b'r:anch of leases i tTliey t1!'f're as d!ffor;ent frorn o,ne lUlfl\rfier 45 difforent people J :Iroiccs" ~he sfiijlin9' Jvin;d c,reateJ ,an: ,tn.1tR,l'p~f:tNl'eoJU elm'ten' 'ffirougnout

,ft:.D, '~\II!\'" .il' L .;o'511"N'l'o!'II-~ J if'F\tlj:;i'i'i'I,.J:fJ' I'~ ''''lr,~.ti'I'.U;;:; J t;r'~ p'\)'0S M'i"'~ ;:';09! flI:I'I'_J'c:9;t.'o:' ...,'m~ ',-'8

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i;rn:nle~rsed i~l: Q. sea of ;$oUFJ',d.

as lie listened, ~TJyhoJy felt (ltjfo,rtn;t piuts afiiis bDd-'Y ~e50u.l1dilt9 to ;tfie changes ,in tfit: ,5trfRg1fi alul tones ~f tfie' wind=tea'ues.; JI/.' o,p'tned fits eya dnd 'J~5 5tartJed to see dial' hIS hody !}'lowed ,and jiasfied in mpidly cnal,f!)'t:n'!1 pattenJ's ~f colors I- com,plel.eJy atJ1111ed to tlie enveiopi.'ny' conc.en of senluL .:Row lO"'9 a:n,~ba'Jy' stood diuS' entr:an'cea lie' fl'wer lil,f,ew.

8zl:fldenly "through' tlit! flo'wi:'?:!}, s(Joi~IiJn!)' mnvt1tlerJ;t of',sounds came a dem:and fo·" atfenfi{m~ It W:tU' pardy a $lnell,. lJanEy a ta:s;h.!'; he foit, the, ,fiatr of filS b.acK sJiffen lind rise as fits budy teng;tlienen an J lla ffen ed' ,ttselj., .5i1l' almo.st i'ntJ.rJ'dible low,growl ,es.'caped from his deuclled teerli" 'Witliord: lany co.nsci;OU$ decision on hIS p,an", lils Ulldy wfiirted;. lorientin9 itself In;~ .fro'HZ ,flit: p,U.S5'iD9 Juenm t11J'd lOUt' t'Hliitlro.s all area where lfie' woods seeJneld less :tn.ick..

mil' .sun was al,nD.st dlr;ectly ,overnetl'd as fi~' waited in ,the $.1it1JD:W5 oltlie :wools~ r:ap(idl:y st:;a;ui'iJl,9 tfi"ftdds :tfiat' lay b40re firn,. TJi;uc-tly anetui lal' sonu~' diSU1nif lie' cou,ld see so.moone stridi~rf9 f,UP'jJ.ty ,wwam tlie' wo,odS'. ,9fj 500n as. fie ,defected Me a,pmt1~diirI9 fi!J,r~r.-e~ lie frou iIi: pO'$,i.fiOI1l,;' fi:ts eyes filsttned unwaJJeri'ugJy on if and lie folt liis ears rntn.te fon\varJ, '11ie' sounds of "tlie lfian ~s b,rtdtlifn!)', fi::is fO:Dtfol1S an;d afiris lrglit green ,dodi", ill!} brusliing against' tfie' gr:ass and bu'shes came dIS-final}' f6i fiim .

.r"iI"'_ t·,C'i') men tIp. ;nroaclied.· 4~,i:D W.Ii'TI(O"l~ £(Jt'i}b-o,dy .r."'11'~lJ (j·"u,.,,,, Q' sll'dden

~ UiL- . ,u. [, I .,..-' _ . _' ' U.I~ ··u ,"~"'ll _'1.,/ 'I 1IP~~lla 1;;,. _ . ,

tfillrrgt! iJ[ ,fiis breathing ,and lie $'QW Q rigidity in: :flie m'a~ ~ n1t1f)f'J"u~llts.,

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,;tUQn.Uf'a 'VtJ~'ese oUlnge$~ .:/"!lJJyo!.JI~" ,_ot'll'l'reo, m,nr5~J sn t .c~OSjfr ,0 ltZe

.!lrol!u!'d~ abruptly the J,rJ',an ,a,p,'p'earea to ,s(ioo,t forw.ar:d '~ff tHe ,patti Qnd fa'll

out oJ'9f"ryh~Jy~ ,siglit., ,b,efiilla a; ta,rg'e' rocli in 't/ie 'tall: gro;SSe!L ''lIie 'top of"tlie I1()C~ l~'5 eJJ~velQped in a 5:~~i:n~g,e 5liim m:er ,o'~~d' .!Nryh~dy :tfio',rlgfit, lfiat Ii£' r:al~gfit 5jglil' ,of;tract!s of P!'l rple and red lfil!1Y!. Witnoul. JVtlr1.r:ing,l'

Ii' b d" J- rJic~: d l" pal' fxl Ii" fli'c cLs d tfi~

iso\~ }' lum'~ $ln:oot ,[' QliL, ,0 ,,:-_, ,~: :~C:, if,lW ' __ :e: "'iJ(J_,," 'to:l:vQr __ ~_,e .stream

tfifJ,t fie; nad aWloL~en besides" Jie' :tried to' ~eg,ain' som;e' .control over firs boJoy b,u~' it, wa'SJT ~~: l1ntit nij ,nO$e' and mO,[l.tJi w:e~' c.:ompletely ,coverell by trie' ,l1J"sh.= iJJg water :rll 'tfie SUlttli.PJ, tJiut ~e na:d ,any.

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" ne part 0 lS mUl" ~ ,8 t ,a " ,at ,rst, Fe IJse, to a£',c~p t. ]~, ,iJ,t:, JS senses

filid ,toldlii;r,t t1:bo'U,t tIi:e' bo\dy ,fie,fo1J.1Jjd'/ii'lls'el! iii d!enu1'1tded UiaJ ,~e t1~r-

""t, £'~'" ,', l' "~"",,,," , .. £ ,,' d'" ,.1,1.1:,',,~, "d', ,'.' J,', ,.'" ", , rC" Ii: .. , .. d .. '

CIse rilS ;(:\£mw. anC!!;, return I~ we e'L9',e OJ tnt! JiVOO, ,,5 to lU,elen.rune H "lair" ,d, ,

become ;of tne In:an fie nail seen: t1~nd lieard' 'tliere., 8tJI,n;etfiiJ.rg 'tn 9tnyho.Jy'~s body resismd, tJJtd afttr 'w,tiat see'l,~e(J.' tiJie an. il'littn'ni1,tabJt, sfru!Jyie.J lie be9luT :w nfOi!AC' sio1w,ly forwards ,tlie edge of tne' woods.

Wlien lie rttn:lie,J' 'lfie place' 'wfJ~rt lie liild 'WIillc!i:ea fronl hi!fo',re:l, lie W,llS Q'uab.le: 'fo detect tfie s,f:nl1Jg,e: :sfiiJJJ:n~e'il~9 a.6o~ the: J1},C'~ In fad ,f1JtU :tlie rocK was J'o,rr;e,. 'l1iis 9'OJ!e' liJrfl: pn~lse. rnim,i' willi tln;l];tfier ilulD.lrtntnry jerI{ '~f fiis ,fieocL, lie noti'ced 'tile lnOlJtlrttnt ,01 ali!Jlit!Jretnfigult,fo.r ,to (ii's tellO'

.1le .spent mucn ;0/ t:ne ajil:rIJOOR tfalUn!)' ~fie,figulf tb':ft5Scd ;iJl: sreen, Xe could" ,apprDllc/i 'Dnty 'to' a: ttrtnr.n tlfsttl:1:u:t bit-fort-his' b.Ddy J1flJ'fs,ld nfil:~i'e to

Jn€1JJe ,closer. som:eli(n~~ fie Kite];V lnat' it 'was irn:porf:ant fo,,,liiln, 'W mal<_t! co'n~ tUt,r. w,r,{i tfi£' ~Tla n. :He eil{JIWf{i If'is body to keep lriu::k. oj·'tfie m:an wliill; he plo:rtetl fitri(}fJ'sIYi frying 'to jilJd ,(I: way of' 'tritij'n!J' ,fiis blJli)1 ill to' a:pproa:chir.rg do's,er to tfie JJMln,

'Then fie St,l111lb,lea up',on a p,lar!, iReg'.aining fiis bntanl,e'J! lie be!JllR to' $ 1"9- f}est SlJft/y ~vUh )IHlrtls an:a piein res of fo(JJ'IJ.. ,Re :worli'erl aesptraJely ,~o fiJltj' a: wny to' :filP eli l"ttli'), :int~o' #'ie: crea-'ure $ fJrpieriell',re of ellti119 . ,91fle.r a slio',rt. ,ouse ,rfiere was .(J 5,urge of' e'Ul}'!JY1 ani I fie /'lll the 5lJliva llrippiny' frOIn. hJs n,i:O,u tli tlI,i',(1 fils han,ds-pa ws-lia.luls-pa !<1/5 cle~1.clie'(l anel inTcierr-clied' iJJ'lmilU];tnrifyl' the CltlWS ~rten:din9' turd retJi€F!c[jJW'

:J{e conti'nue'a :rfit:s Q'S fi£'for,ced fiis ,eyes to T:em ,a in' fo,sl;ene,f on tlie JJl(.Hf. ill' ilgfi:t 9 re,eu In ov.i,'!j ainu!} 'tfie eidge. of tfie' :wo'Oas ~n1:(y .r 00 1ne'ters' alVa,}, Jfis b.o~}J TieS,ponded :i:mmtdiately and ,fIJeJ]'t i'nto iT ,{o'w croucfi:~ 'UlUJiJ'!.!} su!iftly a'nef silently to'warJ 'the ma:n. '1JJhen Ii:e; ,hcul' halwd tlie distal1;Cf be'~liUn liinutlf and ;th~' ri.i:alJ.J lif' pmjeded' ,WfJ;es:suges of danger arnl fear; 'qht' rna1!)5 body ilff:1nediatliy ~esp,onde,d by freezt.f~!J" :Jle giggled an',d CO.n!p'alll,late,a fiilJ'1.selj,

1:;,), alter.nateJy p1rojettiug difJeren t, lJUmlO'll€S ,he ,(ituJ' teil'rneJ tv hlp! in the uuti"ntnvn creatrJ're~ .biJ'(I~J.' fie' H1Q'S ahle, :to c-o'ntnol its llUnterlle,ul5 wry 'we,ll. 'T:e;rio,dicQ ity, a ,new :smelt (J,r ,sofJ'lulJ or tfie flick,.er of a mOl~nielir:t in: the

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IWIo{ls; w'Ould overrJde the c-antrol he. had' Qrfiieu€ct but lie tea rued' to regaill control.

tTfie man .i:u liylit grte,1. turned info' tfie ~MS ,along o'lJe of me pcn:tlis'. £irf-}F botly listerJ'e'd il'rUJ }lJa 'cheid' ClU'l!fidly, ~11\~Hh1JJ1W :tlitd' fie JlVOuld soon ham! fiis rha'.nce.. !illoMiin,;!} ffi:~' :m:an 'to tJit,er ~Ome ,di~;tnnct (1f(J~9 tfie. pa tIi iJl:to

t i':." 'I\U ..... .nJ;;o ;(":II'~lll.,.n-'lJ!' ru" or' ',f.!!.J rljiJ, ';'(01 p" fII'l~n. :Mll'(;:!i'I"D ,~-t::,o 'pa.''1l: o.ii"'I-'''b7''''''d- - .",c h

,n~ nfl!.i'!vU,;I!'J' .;.t'l~"'T Diva i !oI'.Jl!;..Q, l~ dh.. _ i!;.!" -~ n, n ,11 l". I' ,I, II!lrb _"' ,dT. .,~, "'Io-~ I~ mJ1.1,'.

IVOI9d5., :ft'e fiael ,wn'oved O,P't.l1.iy ,and' tlie m:an t'uni;ea ;t~"~1J,ar:d Ii.:i:,~f. l1~nll ,s.toplpeil.

t:(n,bvldy r~Q,5 Wi.tfilr,9 to' Klli:il.' {lot fi'r51.~ bird then the t(iougfi:t came' to' fiim tfiaJ' per/iaps the llUU1' also J;llisned t~ ma',fie contact. q:fii$ ,exc,iteclli:ffn antI ~~itJi' a t~y fie ,rTlsli.e-d foi1'W,tlrd' to.wartl Jlie' man, :who :hlrnea a'bru,p~tly Q:~lJay and be/JaR 'to' "j'n'v. iatlWlT tfie pa;tf; furtrier f'nio the :woods.

:J!e q ide/i.Jy fold u,i's bOldy tn:e fOo.& S f19!Jttstio'll'S and bDunded up tfie platli (lfter tfie m,Qn. It ;fooli. all (1/ Iii's J1't'lt) slii,ll' :to cDnlm,{Ii,rs bod'Y and prevent it/wrn ,lCllpilJY ,on lD tile' back ~f':tfie jl«in:!J :mlan. ~lie cr,-eatJ~ re:5 body lvas so if:I1£j11O;SSed in tfie' eJiasiJ}. ea;r/i musde ,in liJs 1"9.5 strdtfiil,Jg for ,s,pad~ tfiat 'i1: jailerS to rUltfC'f' :tlit"!, wer,e' QPpmtu:lii~9 a: bridge. all'll Q' (o,rl(19'€ (Jin' tfi'e otlier si~de of tfi£' s,tream.

!/It 'tIiis PO;[ll.t 9fnyho,dy J,11aS ftuJ:f..;in:f)' leaps and bounds tna t· C:O!veuJ' IS-,2.o foet (It 10 tilr:tt. Jt JIit1S fn mi,j'-'\fiJURtJ' :rliallie' beca me a ""ure tn'a,: the man 'was JllJrtf and liael ,been I'f,p"la;ced' by ,a. tl~oo'r:. ''11i:iJ ,rnfOrnUJtiOll' ,lill

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fiiRr: no' 9tJod ,a.3' lie $,ta:lJ1 nlfcl' in:to tli'e' door with a USO,i'J'tlainy tfi'ud. ,J\e;

foil to ,:fie grolm'd i~lt /ro'1:ll1!#re; ,doQ'f_, rJ'lun~t'n'I"t of tfie ,rinlttlr~g oj:,li,mJ:S{UI',dS. (1;r,I'J tfio'r~'$a"id:'S 10/ tiny hif!ils'.,

'1irne seerne,d' sm~p:el1;de,d. 9111' fie i,new was 'wet a,u1 fnst. J{e dirli:~y lUJ'd indistintti:y ,n!Cll'lled smuetliing ,of a l~'J:w~1 lu:ei~d~'OJ'I$ ooicce', a 91itt~ril,rg ball of lrJ ,is. t;; and .$o,rn:e~lirng else' . . .

gnll th'er11 ,SlO:l.iYJ so $,I~n."ry1 deep,ly ,roo{ed:~ pusheclg,fJ'd/y hy' lfie. ,po;s:siTJ~J ;wind luul HJ:t1slied by :,lilt, rain, Ii~' sJlMyed sfo1w/y., so s/Du!ly.,:He fiennl Ginty :tfie clb,r.nnest; ulJ',d rnO's~; buJislinct szr~9',estions of'a !JiG wi:ng' ,bnU of crySia,,( and ~ voi;r:e ~Ii:at' tl'enunuied /iis ,atttJluOtr . .9l11J ,0 lIier5 J tnl£) fa r jroJn. lIVO"rrlS to r-tctdl w:H4l1: q'fiel~ lie fieanl n:notfier Will.

liana' who {n~ 'you 'liOM}? 1'1. In:sis.tra tfie' levl}j (leep. l/Die,e.

:J{e was tJ9"1in oMn 'tlie r:hc!ir-c(i)',I'!thj watc'i~J9' itlie' mists 5 WiTI' through #i£ ,interior ,of tlie b,a/I: of crystal. ;'/1 lI'n,r s~ill ,!/fnyoocly. N

H!ifnd' do ,,£n~ TJ'~HV know hOJil! y'On lilr,ow rOll are .:.tnybm:l.y?''''

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""""10.

«liDo YOll rnulersil1.nd be:fier hOW ta l'ttdly be :;rJ'fyb'O,(ly?~'

3ft fiesr'~~atld illUJ' .sun',1{ In (;'0' a reverie', 9lftttr a: lo'n.!} silence Ihe Mfiire said~, ·'.9Clrigfit,. 9',oo(jbye jJr now."

3S

J{e felt a ,Slfa~l1ye forebo\din9' lUUJ as fie caught tlie,first Hmft. of s~t" ,clloi~ ,~lJ orfJ't'~ air; fie forced fiin,!selj tit? lii'5 foet.' anci ye.lleriJ. "Stop.'~

"Yes?J·

~~fii5 can:t fj'f} ,on.. this ('an ~t 9'10 on. N

"'1{ea,l{y~ )iI/hat do, ~DlI. lfii:nk. will S;iiOP ilP ~ l.'nqlr.irt!,d' 'flie. veice lilli/ii' a ,sug-

,glistierJl' of li u:r.rUJ'f.

'(3'.r.Every' lilUC I :wukt' Hpj it~s ,luorrJ'fng ~nul J S1J'U:-lt #i'e: sme'et co,ot :,norn'fug' a,ir '. , .' ,and .' , , 1 . ,', ." Jle 'Wil's at ,Q .loss fot Jlio,«ls,.

rt,rWonJ:d:' rOll ftitfie,r :wl1li;e up in tile: hoI} S:tilC'k<y ,u!ternavuJ or perliups td "J,~fi;~'? N intoned tlilft.' lJDice rh1~,itfi. ,C01.ltCenl.

"r:)l(JI~ 11.01. tfitJt~ ,fwl: it. J ~rn doing the .sa'l1lf: lh'i:ng$ over lur:d Oil)f}" i1g',ain .: " (~Ye:5, l~ve u{Jtiiceti. YiOlr: m:usf: be .rafHer good at tlienr 11O'Jr1,\1, must1.1'Jt )'D'U?'»

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,ld Ji • • • Ij;O . .. . m:ea:n} yes ~ . a

~1:ltl~'wnJi'nary, I, c-olumcfJtcll lIie 'Wla' unfietp/uily., ''1JVfi'at is :ft crnctiy rOll:

WQn,t?JY

't.fYOil fi{tvtll :t:~ ans wl'fred' my qUlfcStion==w.fio' lUif' YO',I't?~' fie s.aid~ .s!~ rpris'ing Ii,iltuell with tiiat r:'Rforma tlor.t,

~·U/eJ:{~ '1iJ}f,lil!' $,uid lfie 'lmiCf; c(i,u,r:filing ,'So/fly. !"! I ,UlU l1 n'eJwm:ls,m. ~

'~)fiat? n lie deuJanJe'd.

,roc£{ nf.n;u,r.ulsur-and l' rnust really warn }'D'U ;tliat: J ca~l ans wer only :tfj'rti!.' o/:vo'Ur qu,esltWns - ,(nul I "'ue already fn.lSr~t!'fn~d. fi.~'O. ,~.

'lqJiat~ 1110t. trn',fb-J1mtl't· :~vas ;fnr: second' ,q ues',:o 11 I aSKe,~{?" fi,e' aernlande.d' with so'rneforc!r;.

';Oll ,a.sl&!d first· w/i;[) J ",aSJ ,and ilif" }vlie'n I ,Un5'J!IJere-rt :Y0ll: ,asked, What?" and so' I repeated tliat ans'wer ·tJiaf~ 'thlO. _ {ow if ~ou ·think that's silly, consider the fact that tliis iii t(ie tUIS M~r to your tfiir:d question..........., ')'0',11' ,.[!t' used' rip all of'roll r questions~ I} tlie InJ'JU r~rJ.Jijf:d ste.r.nty~ .~ and that $ du.rnb. ~.

~rple,aJeJ p1ieas,e.'J ,cal,r. you give lite lone nUl're' {Ju,e5tion?l~ lie cri:e'll lJ:e:-sperafe~)J.

"'WelL tIt least be c'ie,!:Jer enough to. ask m,f'/or two $0 tfi:at ~~ firn 1 tfnS Hter :your q!l.estion, you Jv{ll fiave on,e ,left: to I~$e', H irutructe,d 'the vQt,r,Cf.

"'"Yesj, ye,~, can yon' 9i:rlt me tlM''O mOl"fJ. p!fease:?'"

"a:Ji rl9fiJ~, asfi a iMy .b~l.;t lJ'UlRe it in 'terestiii!J " ."

·'7)Vlio decr:des ~ ·fiaf fiappen $. nat?" fie ··a ret s.urprisil.IY fiim'self· .9fu_y.bo{jy' was E.1'.early' SW'fpt away by tlirt: tfiund:er-ous QP'pia:u:St :tfial' calnl from euery part lof ttl#! CtOftl1!},e;, .!1J tfie appltn.se ,J,i,ed,. lie ficlull tlie deepl

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neri t~.ni9lite,. of tlie :lJIOi'~~ and 'thtm:j, '"1JVnat' slH~afical~p J;o ~(J~I WQlrt to IE~];o:1iV ab\Dl~t 'rvhat Happen'S ,r.r;a1? ...

'Tve .been: ,Il 'nnln' d1e$:St~l in greer, an.d 1 knnw :htMi r-nutes tnlget..frrJIrJ. tlie tn?l~' :to ,hert;" rue been Dflier ;rliil19's :WO'" 'tJiilJgS 'Mat 1 den ~t und:eJ~stand Qr tU lea sf: l' ,d'on~t dil'ufi. .1' filJfH ~1M,rd$ for rl:gfit nou). 'Bnt :what'l rea,lly wun t.' tv Iill'tlW' is: lvfio de{iae,s ·ro$1tia·t I will be 'me' u~r.t. ti:Jltle' ,aroirlnlf?'~' :He' p'llU5e~t out 0/ h'r;eat!i/, qne roorJ1. sudd£l~~y .9'I"t!W I:nigfiter UJul ·tlie. oS'ound' oftlie. belis Clanlf': :to hitr.I: . .1li5 msiml: blll,rred and 'when Ii'rs eyes reJoc~ls·edJ. fie: di,stl~llt:red' tIltsf: fie' lW5 si:tting bml;eeJi: fmD ,P,eo,p.f;e. On l'Ul'e' .si,de WlU' IF n.hlTJ W'itli lO"~9' fi'ne~ Jil!hitf' hair and jiOJlViJl!}' p~i'lple roh-es. On tfi:e' ollie', M;itQS t1 'wOlUa:n dre5'Sea ,entireo/ in' rea 'Jlvitfi b,lacK' Ii:uir s.pJ:ll~n!J' over her slio'fElJ.ers laRd 5.trearllr.·n;_~}' dOJ~m tier .bac~",

730fti' ofthtm ~e'Tt 5ta.mlg ,at RirJl as if' wailirl9.for nil1l 'w $peflk·. Jft 'Wljl:-' de.red wnlJt. 'tfiey expected liirn' :W S,ay; 'Men' ;rli.ey t~olied at' £'Udi arner (uul tmdleJ ftJifrti)~.

:fle had n'ol idea lio'w lor~9 diq sniilela;at erl.€Ii' otIiu; ·ti'Jrn~' stoM' mil. '~/nat do,fS :i:f llb!an' for tirne 'to stan:a stii1'? J. il'SRtd 'fie maJl'~ peen'rJ!j' ill'tently out

fr(nn fl.nder fits b:usfiy .eyebnrrov$ ai !lfllybod)?:

"":arl: as if ev.erytfif'Jg 'Iwn~ T,I'lor1luJiI' ij' atlvisela the; 'IiVOnrun: in a iO,w'J. JI rg',el'l#' voice' .. Jirs ,el~fir~ body je.rlied 'wlieJI lie heard /ier vair-e' !€lnd fie.lc./t:~ ,atarm:ea b,~ ,rfie in1rJ'/ica:tiou of '1~fi,(1J ,sfi~ had ,s(1,iJa.

·~f·a ~,i: yOlu' ans we'," lfi,i$ ,qUfS-' 'tiO'iU? I.! said ~tie IUlHlj 1;f!Hh fits !aiw,lt smiJe retl'l.'llliT1g.

"' Ob1e-y tliis c,[urtm.a lul1 ~~ wliispere,d' tfie WVJ'JUUl..f sup-' p'~-e5stng a la fig/i.,

,V{j fiis eyeS' dostd lie pIt. t!lacfi of 'tfie'Ji tafi~ hold of (i'is a nns., .:He ]cvalul:e,d' to

,P rote:s~t but., lie ,""as Ct1l~91i'f. u P i/~ th e s e.nSQ tions of 1J'l,ovenlent as tfiift')' In,a,~ell~' ver-ed Ii is ,{1 r,m:S J Ii'o teli ll!}' thefn {J't tfie' wrist and elb;jlw, 9ft first tfiey slf,fTneti to' rl!OiAe t~!Jeffie'r ,and ap{1rlla~1:d llin.i: to!Jef6.er l1ga.in .

.J(e 'was fimld:ed willi fmtI.9,(!5 arf,(l oo'ices tliaJ $.£)(.J'ned tu' co~ne /n,',rn: H!itliin, ,:J{e lm;:t track ~f:tJie movenu!nts of fi.ts body; Xe felt IJie,fresJi l1}irul ruffle fiis fia,ir. rtfi£' so'n,ruis' aro!ul,tl fii~n were soft QJul m ufe'll.., 'TIie,rt H,a'S nlnsic c-onliJ19 fooTn, h'ts left~ a great di3·ta~!ce' ilJivay~

J{e slof:w'ly ()'p,ened fiis ,eyes. ~Vitfi the first. im:a!J',f,s, lie screnme,d arul tio'j',flltli:e'm" :Jl'e ,s,lrrwJ, became a M),rlre ,of a: sO'Oi/iing wict '~f'ulnU!l,rif~g :I~l fiis (!.lJ r trial.' fie was 5~/~' ,ant1 to !,u,{ be (1fnJ~'d of'r>tJ'nat' fie 5Q:W.

qUe' I~ic£ tJ)a~·ce(J. fi/~~r to' try again. J{e ag,{1:in opened fiiS' ey~5 turd aftr.r a fo~1}' ,st!rone$s lie r~as ah!le to calm lihuselJ, reg rliatiJJg fiis bntathiJ,rg until. fie coulci relax .

. ::J1e Ivas srandtrl9 on l/i,'e; ed§,t ~f,a tllJ'Uenciol1s cliff. ("B,e.fore him: 5~fr,el_cfil?d Janet 'liVOifuls s lnOl1n:~l!'lnS~ ocean. 1)r)ntrelAcr fie :hlnn~d fiis ,eyes ,and ,ears I fi:e CGulcl s!e~ [u~d he,ar wti.al' Wll5. orru rrin9' ~:fiere. tTfi£ s!~,dden: ,(::flanges in ~1J(i.a,t fie sa 111' lUUJ. .fiea n:l uJu~'tnmd 1i6Jl ,umtl he '~\1JaS ,r£i~i:(:tau;r' to' move lest !i:f lose control ~9a,in . .J{is l~yeS' a~ul' ,eafS fot:r ,dra ~Im t:tJ a MloO'd;'e'd QJ"tfl fot bdow and Q':~I'ay to /i,is ,left. J{e t:'u,ni;i!li his fult ,al:!1e:ll.tion tlie.r"t. .

.1le pteseutf-y fOlU sed' 01J' a .5 nUlll ,call~oge., %e roo/ Seen'!irl. :00 tj,is'solve before /i'j:s ~Jf!ry' eyes' and lie befi~id a yOllll9 llllU" dressed' in !l'~fnJl ,rtfresli ..

r'ng fi'i.nu'elf at a :t:abte . .J{e :tlieu htarfi fils 'voice' roll fi'rl1!ly across tlie' inten.;,eni1.l9 sp'n;ce} jiil!f.I'g ,lie COn~{I!J',e. ~h.e yO:llJ,~ mall, l1u)ved' 'to a space ei.l rirtl" in: froul' of a foint'iy 91o~l!iFJ9 ball of clystal.

n:Stute. '}MJurs,flj all ,"ie ~vaJJ ~lln~)n:1 ~. tie,genl~i,~ .ins["rlJcte,d' t:tie }Aollny rn~Hl. ,r<r.l a UI' r:ea{~}' :ttO ans ~~!!., )iiI] l'l,l" ques r~t,on5-asfi ',:iie,Jn I'~' lie; s.aitl... !/fs fil dtiijl fie. ,h:e'urcl tfifJi1b~I.' and no\t' un,pi"easanl' soul~d ol'ne i'a:uyfiler of a JTM1U aI,rld' a ~~~olna'U. 9icl:J],(jng 'up ~ !it;.ra 1'19hl' a .~#impse of 5 ,trt.11 lis lof ,JU rple (uzd .reid'

"'i1I,;'j'~_':ih'la ollfl·u'~~.n 'J~.f,!' '~''''',!., ""c (;]I '["1,11"1'101" J 1~ln':i'£ )'lflj'~iII 'i,t'I' :NtHil! ,;110 t:,'~UfrC "t;,.!Ji 'Ui'il:li "-ra- --,Q -..... ~L!U' u ~~ -'JJ -, ~1i1V Il~!;o .i;!\r'i,,!',- Jlt. I~,;!' ~'~I!;;>(l!! VIo~I!..K " !i:,,;I,~, ~i!'~ iIlU.r~~ !Il!, n~!G~, gU,!;. r 'L\o!'I_n~, lU _ n

dressed in !pl!en asli.~ '~Jl)filo lire YOfJ'? ,..,

£'4"lyho,dy ht!)';dl1 to' (lr:e'llm~ lfio,[J9fi lie coriilE n~'" qllf'lt rem;fl'Uhi!1-' ,aU t:lie detai/'5'" :J{t; oS\tlW a lPriJu:esS' .ri;dbl.9' rJPQu (1, IiprseJ. a stJ'd ,~~J(1'1Y aFJld a: large

jblt,. :He saw ,1111!1stertoJl's objltct of'crystal :that. slii1.l'le't~ anli g.li5tt!Jred nUll fie beea Hie bt1tfi in b~9 ru~'(l {uul. la/ra,id. t'fi'l'I.tl,ll.y lie s/nv fiitnsell wu.I.f{~:n9 di'~lllVn a /011,'9 'bnnu:i' ,{uul' enten:ny ,€I lorest ,:lie; nnlwd slowly 'thr(J,I'l!}'1i ,the font.s~; i~'lta a dea f1Jtt1 ana :t/iere sat ,an Gild' man' Mtn. ~,fil:'f:e nair I(nul b.right p1lftplt. ,robes '" rr"he o,l!" ma,n 'hun',e'll to ,9lnylwlly nUll! as if' fie liad bee« e~t!.p'tlcting h~'I'TI. all alouy", fi:e' s,G:iciJ ~Vliat:' cio )",oli: H!ll nt? n

,;9fi,ryho\dy fiein~d himself 5ay~ ~I nltlnt 'to he sm1ze.b~.ul)]j some,bo,dy .i'plfria,[ '.' cnii o{{i m',{_in 111'f1gfie!!1' ,urul sar.'lt ~'You paor fov.l~ 'YOU (unA!: been: SO~"lebOd<)' lnecial all a/GUll '~ut: V{mU)"U5'{.')"'111,ilil' ,~~!iOlj,' ~"~_" 'rrl;i1 .... i'J 't'ti,i'I"~' i-~ P', :i1":;nl~ l:bl1,ej" 'IF - - - -' ----' -- --- -Z} ,P--,-, lV~ ,-- !L. Cl!!",u, ~!{lI', "'I" 11.-. • J"n,!l;.o v U il'ii:YiJI ,~ll,-I'Jrr t;. v~.;:ru;n

to' laugfi' ~V fiim'.se/fi: tit; rO{l,red and' ro,are!d' lUltil .!Ifrryho,dy couidn: It 5i;r1.nd the soun,d 01 fiiJ Ia r~'9liter. So fie ran. at the ,old I'Fl.tl:n but as lie' Id'i:'dj, fieJound (iims(!lj nU'iJr,iJ~ on a dlnulluu/. 'tIie.' ~~i.ore fie tried to nnlJ tile ,r,fJIOre (iis body stayed in Gille place. ,5lS fie SI'OP,fuul run1.lb~.9 fiis .bDd)}' WDil.lldlail .

.• 1"."r,[ :t,~aplp,ed~ J ~ln trtlp'p'ttt,~' lie ye/:leJ. :Kicliiug Cl:J],d "''flling J .fi~ IlulJO,ke fo:nll Iii'S dre,€lm ouly tQ find tliere 'H'el;e nOI st{iolars and no ~ltnli, 111 facI~J 'nfre 'foVQ'S .no fO'fes,t,j no! clearing 1 itO tree, jU:5l &£J.rybodYJ 'iIMIiGJ~I'~ s~nnew&a.t bel1"er I~f/ fo'.r (J't: least. /i,no r"vlb~g 'flVlio tie 'M/vn'S.

,nybody al~r.tJ' rr'ilne'

. !Jinyborfy u'a.s slowly cOJlu~n9 to Iii; senses ,!Iud fl'Calli:'n!} )I)hal;: a 9(Joa .urea I ,he Ha[il' 'liVlien fie las,;' ate'. SrJ'[ddr.miy fie l~ a's [a)lm~'t

. tfiat fit: 'r~vas not in n h'[ed or [tn Q dret.nn

~~ lin f ~:t;.iI"I'iil' C; oj,' ,I'. flC·.r. 1dl'Mo<;Ji (;' t; !I:i""ll' ;"'iii .f£t').,Ca ~~ '= l) IiII Ltl.u n 0..,", Dli.;IL :/(, ~'It~.... ,~.,nll.:J. [IiJ.I'IW I[.n!~, rr ,HI

ground, ,1ft. thoJJfjli;r to liilJ1Seifi ~tJ(of' a!Jain~ Sltrtly~ a',ll tliis ~lU~5t eud S(J1J~e·when.·· :J£e: beg.a" 'rO Ope'lf. his eyes (l.lul fi't., said to fiiJJui!~ N£tVaifjl it m ~'n.t: be ,b,etler :~o just 9'0 :i'ntol Q' dreuru.~'

[Cj3,ut if fits head c,teared bit by' bitl fie jintJ'lly af)'rtld J1;ilh lii'm$e'if~ tfiaJ tIiis lti:ight be {J ,d'ream: m'j,d ~n fod: nl.i&.'ht e,I}l~l be tJ: nice pla(Jf.. :JiG ""eve,r; (iis t}1tS $,lrnvt". ,o,peniccl, ttie brigli.'tun blurred fiis :visio'n'j and all lie cortl" see wen' ·f~1J,P[av.y lines. .JlIl fo.lt:' niHt se~nt:s for n :,jj oment, and tlieu' loolted 'fiery hard, blink_j~9 Oye1' ,and Of)tri sliaking his fi:rxl.ll back and fortli.

'CJ1ie world fil,l,(ltt}~ ,fiei(j still, :Re' fo',''Hul Ii:'i:nf.selj sitiing lip O~'~ ,ll cliff over .. IO'Gliiugll: bet1:li:l~fir:1 ;vn:II~J.. :H:e said' ,QIl.t loud:~ but fifUJ.(~~ 'iO fi'r:rlTselfi .. ~~tO'IV did .1 get liere? 9[~"ld' rmerl' ,is fief(t'~ 1 'Ivonder? n

~ (its surprise a voice (1n5 ~tJere,t '~j{eJ'e is here ffICO'llf5f.J Jil,fifn~ e/Je (oMlel (jerl' ,h,e? ,"'

9fiJYvo'dy' 51~ri'rled annrnd Q$ f'Q's.~: as fie could; ,and' tlier;e' lookiug e$.o:wn ,on fiim Wll5 cmrp,'fness" ~{e htuJ so eJrpe:cil,(I' to 5e:e' .s01,r!!eo'J:~,e' ,liat ..QC;l~O~M Mi\1S' s,pellbo'rlll,d., ,JiI,ol JiJr.o'w,i~~ IiD'W to see l,i',O on',e' tfiereJ fie,[iuully si9lied anci,j :slapp'.i:ugliiruselj l1C1"Q$S tfie fiu::ej fie satdJ.' ~1J\tO'~4~ l!'~TI. really' in lro'I'~,b,{I:, 1 "'l~t fieruing wires !€J'nd there is noblcuJy tliere. J ,nu;s,t be ,lD5ir:~ my m,['luL~'

lJ1ie, 'rmiCie'r fior~lJtI" n~pl:ied (rnrJ'cli to anybody,ls 5rl~'Jdse)~ "So fIn: ~1.O\-

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UOilJy~ am 1.

9fllybody J~liirl£d a rolnui 09111.1,1' antI tool£eei lIlt O'In?r hfJ.t s;rill fie ('o,llld see' no' one. Sdlmefiow (,if ti,s t;onfu:SirUl: fie ctill iJ10nay,e to ,apolo:giu. «,r am l~'y .so'rry b;[I.;f. . " ," n1:ttln . " . 1 tun ,sony:.. ,bu;r you S!l. rpriS;ful rne tHUJ. I can jt seem: ':0 see 1J{)U. N

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'~tJt~ rigIiU"' ;the rmice t1fJ'5'w,e'l¥cl. !~.9f,ut Ji'e' nu}.sl:lot}.ls.~ iM:51 ber,aus€ }'Of I (lUI' ~I' $ct! 50mdhin9 yeu ass rJUN~ tlial: ft ~:5n jt,; ,fien.i!i don:t yau? ,"

~?VOJiI1) no,t j1l5,t 9fn,~botly beli,eveg' 'that se.eing ,[~Ma.s hlli'elvi l~g; !nany other ,wel1-',respectta ,people b,ziier/ttllhi;s. 9CJul'j' as YfJ:~ybO\dy tiJ"ld' tlie 'iroicej i:t:,

!~fJ~)' '}Je:S I J lia.lJeJ .. H!.pU(!rj ,anybody. "mid yorl ln~tieve it 'llilDS fliere? Y !!~fJ~YJ oj COlJJ"se it ~n'S tlie:r:er"

~IC l.l ":fiY t-· _jfi- -'''-

Q~~ ,[J, '}J,(:Ul see' It - ere ,a~ rueu lle ;u.vtce.,

a"yb'lody became co'nfil5td ~ ,rd Flvh!51;~d ir:~ 'i~t]';$ not: :tlie Si1.J'u,e' tfibl:!). 'rtlie 'i),oi'ce ~ent Ion (Hit/: 01,1' rnaliJn!J rt:s 'pohlt. ·",3't€nv ab~rMt: air? ~IO YO'L! believe in Q,j:rJ OT love?' J{~'H!V abiml:l: /deucI5lir.p?" Cfr:'ntJ'iiy tAJrybiOdy, 111$io b), n:ow ~U's fOTCt,J l£JIgi'!f£ in, asked t:fie. 'voice 'wh:af it :lil!!lS Ii~;e' to live :wiJJiou~' Ian}} brJ~y.

q'fie vo~t~e .bJlJRe into ,laug1it'er., It lfurred {uul nl,a.red antI finally Iluht.t:t "W(itEt malies :YOll t:tiinfi. J don ~t (i{J'[!l: UTlY b,ody~ j.i'Ist' because ~Ol.r: can 1t, see

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~Ii"jAJelil J j f1st' ,£l.S5luuea. ~y

''It'tul ass!/; med i ss #ie v(d~c,e ca,rne bark ria ,"sri,,),. ~~you ll'SSllm;efl ;too ulu',ch. rrlia fj' lh,e' naih'u't of your pt-oh',le'n~J ~o'u Ii:no ilV. ,rDo'f.i' iE: yout'-"

,9fl~ybl~~y QSS,Ilre:a ;tlie :!J.Oic-e that.' /i:e' diJ,n ;t,' ,tnoIJv. In fuctl, Iii, cliiJ.'n ~f ,'ntHV a,rlYfh;fr~9 tl,'Ctp;t 'fflat lie' JVtlS .9li'J,ybo'Jy. ;._1(e ,told' ;tlie JjO,icej 1",1' don :0,' Rnow w,6.e.re I dlTI ,or ev;e,~ )i!,nli:f 'tinu~ it is. J~

'7.fie :llOtC-e ,roare,d :~l}i1Ii la:rlytiter an'd .said'j' las if inl:#t1tin~9 ,tlie 'voic,e' of tin older UI:an':J ~~qt',Ut eoJifili ~14i"a,t does ttUH~ In,~dn? tIlme d:oes'1,r ~~ ~lr.e'Ul {uJ}11Iiin!J' Q'!' all. N n CVlr.tiIUJ'e.d' .to 1'{J'ugfi,. ~filiQt does it n,l;ean to flave a hooli.

r,o~_J;:> I'lil d' ,"",nc ifr ;:", 'ft", .... ;<!I!:!l ...:Ii HlJ~t;;'; -11'.0 .nt a/oJ does ~t:?'"

iI;.!~U~: ·!Ill.· lIlI1~jliIll' It iIlil"~'~~" u;if'iG'llJi'I:~~l IU;·, I . I ~ . JU~~ [.~.,

Mrryho,Jy could o'n.~' lY!p,~ :tfiaJ as,for as fie co'uld tell IlfJtfiUI'j diiln:1 ,m~ean t1:1ryth:rng at ,all:... r.But as lie sa:id rt,. fie' 'n~'Us sn rr it sounded SiTJ'pid., tTfit, oor'cej lion!e.Vier~, said; N :J{eyl [liars ir:atciiy, notJi:ilJ9 (loe:sn 't ,nean (1.n,y,flii'~!1 at all" ". W,itli tlioJ "llie. vo~il,e' st!ldJ r,you lindwj w:t~re ,gonlul, ,get' along just.

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Slrr.d tlien: a '!nalit light, blltul:ed flfj,ryboJy, wlio< lia'ppe.rr,t,i to' be. lookinl9' and P\f'OOiJ,off!fft t/i;ere befo17e lii',n. sm(Jd ,tlie. figu ll' ~f a: nUIll. i'(?rfJhere did you CQrne fro"'? ~J :shouted' 9C'lybody~ wlio JiIJQ',5 siarti'elJ'.. You s€e~ fie was qu rtb' .cor,r/Use,d ,about ail this..

qhe: figure St2pipe,d li:p ~ la,rI!j'fiir'f9,~' I1J;~'d' 9aiJ:,~ ff'Dt? 1,ilt1~~ concern YO~~T$df PU1Jl, 'Ivne'nce 1 ,ca.uu,~; it is e~iony'fi tliat I anT. here luul tflat you ,ctur see ntl?; 1/ YO'll really knew' fiDW to linow) yo;!' rMu.ltl frnfJi' l£~iOlVlj J N~S hert ,ail,a.lm~9 afl,a then yO~l 'w,oul-d' fi{n.~e s;e;ell nle. t.But. W,t do nOf ,fituJt :ti'~~,leIQr :tfiis", ~Ve nnrs# be ,off are '~ou rea;dy,? JI'

«/fO',f ~,~fiat? N Yfnybmfy pro(ftt:8tc€J..

«t!Q rfleet fieT, of C:VUfS;f'1 H 'lie fly'uTe r'tl,tied in tUI {l:5,tvnislied ton;c. 't.rD'OWl: :f.' ;V,Oll. ,/.fnO}IJ(' i'

" (l.i'" £, -j'-J.!! a b- J . . - .1

--.filJIOJII :wnllt:' ,.:.J:tU}'-Ofllly' !nS~S,tl'tl.

q'fi,e figu l'£' roand H!itfi lln19Ii't1tr~ wfitrfi~ by tfie' Jtl!a}p~ Inude f1nyho\dy fJt?1}P ,f.!t!tVO'(IS because lie (lia nol' kno'w '~1Jjlial' lli~' l'IilU'i' JiIIG:$ ltnl!J,6l'~1!J' 11 tJ, 5'0 J' of CG!,[J.rSf, lie' ,assu m:cd fie m:ust be ,{iJ:u_gfiilJg ,at fiim" UJ:J'lj' .fie did lI',ot' ,laie bel,,!}, La f19lied .at :/flrd .so' fie sbJod patil,Rt~P by, wnil£' 'Me 11U1" Icn~9ht:d ,and' tLJ'Olieli li:lie tie wns no\t if.r ;flie (east: eaneemed.

at' tast' the rnan: smpped ,1nug,hi'ug ,and ,said to' 9!J'JyhlOJ,;;, who ~~aj ,listeJling' quite iJ'~tentivelyi .. .r£et n';s be If_ff. 9ltl 't:hzs t~s '[If'? .silly' ana :tliert t';;. re(ll~, ,sonretfit:l?!) l,tu,r:cn :',r,tore: i rn.port£zr.l't' lit iit'U:!d. ~

!Any.b.o,dy inslincuJlfiy jrJ'n.I:peeJ.' lIpi and,folloFved' inc: $'roJ~e1'; hl'-,!' all a;t' onCl' lie 5tQPp'e'd ,aTul' ,delnandtd~ '~Wliy ShOllld 1,,,90 with' ,you? 'wlio a~-e you'? Wfiat' is ~J(J irnporfan f? I.'

{['fie ltrtlJl!1,er :uinl'eil onnm,d 5,lo:wly ar,l'd p'&rreJ {d' !/{1;tyh\f},dy and f~lien~ SiCn1Jo/ brglnl EQ spetJ'li, j'llt IS IU)t for )"(]I,U tv q'ufst,i'on w:fiy~ ::i5 Jor who 1 am, ytJ,rJ' J,t.!'igfi·t: slay r~rrJ om? :Iivno Sf'J'VlS peop"le like }'Dli: :WJi:D are los:" i!i: a: 'uel}' s,P'tciaI sense !o/:flie HAvrel. ,lost~ hut ":liutj C!! cours'£'1 J~!ol,dd only he ,one lfllUy of lJ'escrihiny wfi:o 1 a~n.'~

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9firybody pnJt:estellL ,fiXOU nl:fJS'~ haJJt' 11 .na:rn,f. . ." '"!If nalJ'J,e'; wtia;~' is in Q narru,!:-? jj

,9firybody' :HJlU fltU/}JliJI" ,any /urlfie.r 1,ltnMen'se' ,and rrepiiedJl '~r{(iere an~ ie~ters ,I:ll. a 1l.6 m:c.. ,or if l't is ned' written ',lien at lc'ust tfiere aft' $oun:ds. I'-

,(~So there ani' M th,e ,$~tiR!Jer coru:f,aetl. of and l.'~ my m:uru~' tfi:e:re are fo~ur {eNe1s.:' cr:.l'-~ .. ~.~'

,5fl'lybod)p rec,091JjZe(I,a.~! once :tliat ,tfiis spelled "'tirn,f', ~I h'r~t fie tfitJl~9fi't lfint

,~- - ~~ :"'l,~;t" ,;i'J /1" ~b{Ji-: ,C.~-ln' ;~r,c :~·..-ri;tIiit~'il\Ilidl'l',tl' ;~.r<!i ~o 1I'~,a', ,'tt"9'd. ro :U,' iwh>!JIfi' '\:I,' ilJl r lfU'II'U,f

,M mIG- I!IW'U oJ! u; ~I: 11:1;1; r IJUrJI:;.r..}'1jJ' i}VU,~ ,","VI, '"' U • .l' v~ ,1',1 U!l:l!l;.- _ - D~!t I, - - - - W - r!if __ _ _ ,, _

is 9fn~bo'c1y~ 'you really ,can ~t l1f.fJ] ti'on' s ru:h a tfio';~9Iit. So fie JiVIlS t'lm1.te,N; UJitli' "lia,~ ,anti fie ,p.f'f$sell on /01" nIOJ'£' relevan~' i'nfonnl1Jim~~" ('(Wliere a l~ ]~J€ ,gOj:ng ~ 'Time,? ~~

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·10 .leri ne a115l,wrec"

S:!'ld"deJ1'lyany,bdldy retlu?mb',ered W:/itl" r:r1me had said'jus:t,(1 filii' 1111'n:I,,·tes {19ft ~Ii;at: ,do/!5 'r]1,m:e mean'? It do.e:stl.:t nu!an an)Pth'rr19 a~; alt, N .9lrzybo,dy in:ferr,u p ted' even ffitn'!Jfi it ,~w,a;s 0. clian!}',f' oj 5'rlbjtC'l. !q::illte tJoes t~o me,an ~UJnr.etnrl~g '" It,' meaRS' yell;, j-j

cnm:e ignGn~d tfiis an;'/' ,C(n~tiJl fled 01~ fils Uffl'yJ .stating 'that' anyhO'(l~ firmly ,luulersto(J(J stit sfiouldn l' be k~pt wai.N'ng" ~Vit' ,~fii~~ 'Tlr,ue ,ran Dn nua !luyl;"ody fo/~'~n1!eld' a's best lie t:D:!'~,l(t fi9rJr1n!J i:!' is beuer to be SOJlltJv/i,eTt! wi:tfi "I'hne than sODl,e:wli:ere 'r.Mltlio'r~ t.

rt1iey nUl for- a hlOlI.t, an' {iour' r~hen tfiey' l~eache{l {I. fa rye ,mO'I'tntai1.[ tfild 10'0 lrr ed' lip G'ut ,of nowhere. OfrE)}boJ~' stO!p'1"etl a lid tooRed lJ11 a" tlie mountai.n'!}, )t/hi'(:ii was Vfl)1 fii9ti: 'nui 'very' so,leFnn standing ,then all. alone. ,:He. rurru!.'(;1. to t.JlJr,I'C anti 5'tlidJ ,t.i I'm :tDO nl~ed ana I'm IiUIJ,91Y.' I 1VO'1]' 't c{t;1nb 11:'11 flien~ unlesS' )io,ll. !live m~e a !load reason, n' . iR1:eJ wfio' b,}' nG'~V J~'ns just abtUlt out of p,ati.ence with' Dfnybo'idyi 'tate'tl tho.f' bofh fond' ,a~l(1, rest ff.Jere at In top

Q'n,d that only res: was. ,he,r,e at tlie b,oltrJl~l. "Before _t;flrybody coul,t say t1nytfii'Jl9 ~ilne f,t~,a5 on fi:i~ W,€1Y u:p a'lul !AJ,ryb'ody plodded behU1'd.

It setllJed liRe hours before :tliey rfoxfie,d ~lie :tDp, but'fi= naUy both' !fnyb,ody and ''11nre ~~ere ,slllnding ,at tile., ed9'i: ,oj a ,u.HJ!}'niftcent 9" rrlJen. !1nyho,(iy could see ,rro fiOH5t. or caJlle~ Jl',otlliJf!} but ,9 a rlten. .He 1(J,oRf:rl a it

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o:roundJl l~ondfri~ig }llfit'H 1~'as ri,p fier:e that ~JQ'5 so i:m,pon:an;f:'., qftn.e'~ w,hO'

.:" .' fi,·.·· I~...,. , . .1-", rr. "l -1, -~: .,c - -. .r:, .', .'" -- €I fi': •. , ,;1: .. '. ,,"" : .

lUUS,t "a~ vfeJ'i reluuny .:.-11r.yOiJ,OYs tn!ln!ugJ1'ts, assure,· .' ,Ull ~f"at b!'lrre

". -' '."._ fi' .' " . L(. ,~t:,'. 'M; ,~c. ,. , '. "i, n~' ~,r'-, d' «'""If:-.,' -, .1,:.' ·t'.· --,J ';-j~. .

HMoS no ,ZOlJ'se ou;, m,a" ultre ~i£lS ,.nru,~ r OJ ifl,(J __ • .t 01.1: ,!lJ1fl:e.rsar.U:I,I' '. 1, ,rme

"'en:t:' ,on, ~tfie ,leul)}' lias gr£DJ po'~er and 50 :i:t ne~r rains all' Q~;r #i.e'gariden a:t onClf' orget5' 'wO' Ii:()i:. q'fie're is no' J]~et(l to fi,~de fmm T!atll:U', }!{at.ure and 'the iiuJv a fie' good fr"lends luul ui'ro bvth hlJ'v£ USfe$ tliei r !I-un t r.;O'W'~

, I I, ." 1['"_,, 1 I, .. ._.-~!._. ._'_ - , Il_., I.. J'r .

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'" L '1.1 1-£' =.J .... '

tTS (0' v UU(Jl [Ili$ gtZfu,fll.

tJ3)J :mis ,lnli:rrt .9UryhiJJdy find reait;r tnf._en' /ifnt! ofu {iRilrg ~:O' qf'nl.e~ tfiou:yfi' fie d£d: :'I!IJIi fie MJOutd cfial1!Jt!. Iii's I.tanu~" ''I1iey 'Im/tiftl inf_o ;tJie,ganlen and'

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_ 0/ -' t', QtHIUT£ tts ,ea uty. ,. re.s,enf , ~_ ty cUlIne to a {; :fl1 fin!} ~ ,(19 nN!n

field' in, 'the crnier IJJ:~vIi.ijdi ~s a stone IU\{fvilfoR ~wuli a lllla,r£JiaJI fii/~jrg a 9 tt'Qit ,pool'. ,.9iJl oaKen, ta ble itul!en ]IIM'tn a !p-e~.,.t feast s:tood' by' :tlle ,p'oof.

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. j nile poc,eu 'us ,an,f,I, ,ou dlje nao: ,0, .;:iIDJiY£1l1O .y a nc, ~e" r~un: t.o IDIlle IlUJi:e.

'~fiq' at'e ;and a:te 'filt tney ,co;u'ld' eat no 1nOTe"

rniey ftnall:t 5'Q:t h'U;rlfj sipping lfPin:e', ,and rn m:e h1fgan' tOI speali. n £i,~ body~, tny;frteJut you n1ay no(t IiJu) ~~ nnu:'1i' Q,bQ:!'I:'~~ M4ia }Jl)ll Q,r:e'r or wlier-e you1ve, be!fj~~ or evtJ'l whf're: you ,art 9(}J~rrgi bl1t yo,!'l .5rn~e IinoJij;r fio1w' 'to ,eat ~, rTir,rU? ttl fJ!}fied' heartily. 9&ryho'dy folt. better tnan fie htul in' ,Il iO~!J ti:me ~ :Jfe ,tliiJ1uglit ,oj t!Sfiiog q'uesHons h:!~:t tlim det:ided it' nel7tr ,dOl[:$ him: auy 9(J'(JI,d an}'M'U,)'" $0 fie. iu;st sat' ha'tii tuu/ s~nile!d.

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'(]?.l"tsen ';~y anyb,od:r Jell ,,'Sleep J and ~~fiol'ugli (ie f:l}(!d{l

Ifll.lll!~~ t1l i'Ill'~i~i:O !f.1!'D~lit.IJJI'. b o..~_1l (;; ~J

li,!L!' i, ',of !!: II: I,,,", ~ I,,",,' '~,""A~ ,''-', n ~,.,'

dN.!l1nrs, fJ:e: S,€lW ,{,l ;trernifll= d;oU$ founto. f~~ ,tfiat sp',r:a.yelJ

,~C ., ,ji - . . "., , '~}"~ ~ me ;mos~, JlV\'J',ntl. r;ous o_ iad~',

:Jle felt hinuu!,lf lifted i~tto ;,Ii~' ail' an d /lotl'ling tn rou!} Ii s:p a £'ie , ,j-{,e S€1'fiV tlie 50rc-enr In tne. p u rp,i;e_, robes a WI. d Iiel!rcl, Jiiul: 'r.,,{iisper in his eur~ b,l"r fie ct)utd l~pt ~IJulerstanil.

'Then 5,~uJde~fty fi~ beCl;u~r:e ,a wnre tlia t fie: r~as sletp',i~n9 ,arul (erJen HtOr5,eJ Uint: tie :WQ$ :wa.fiiny lip!", ,:JUs r.fl,i:lul ,r;ac-e,di, fii's neart P(Ullf;delj';· fie tfi(nrgfi't:), ~Wfit:re "!iill be n,OJlv? .:ilnd' just, Htlien I /ia,a found Ill. platt 1 like,a. ij Sltrwly lie open~'(lli,ts ryes ana Jig'lied with n:liif. 1{e MW5 stitt iif: rhe.';9tlrat.11, !ifn:d tflnfe Mffl.S still Hfilli' hr'mJ sit.:tf~9 .by the' pOind s wijfii~9 h'IJ feet in :rne '~,va:t;'er and po~:i"'9 firs fineers be;tlvettl. llie sin,nes of:tlie ,p,Qvi.lf'ol1., :Jle notictII £fny.b.o(iy 'WQ'S w!'dtcfi,r'~9 Q'na

f:un,f;ed tv fiim,. "S(J~ 'Y'0u a:)vaften1 my' s.le,epy head'. rJDo ulucfi lvine I dare SllyJ. but the lady iled;deJ td'- tel' :you .sleep; so sle:ep you had IJntl y:ou haa ,better mas.1i YOUfs'e.Ij,an'J be presrntable to ljM~et fier. j,

£U,ryho\dy w:dsfi:rxlllnd followed qt,n.e tlirfJugfi tfie'fo1e:st to ,a1Jo~lier dear:i'l9'", lJ1ie'li lie 5lt:liV {ier tnul sto,pp'eti. ,c'old' in' fils lrtJt:fi5.

She' w:as not' 50ft and 9,ftn:tle: as fie Iiald' upectedJ int det~ tca~ fantasy of a ~Jl'd j fiJp-

fill lady: Slie JlfJa'S talt and }lerce1 ')~et ,in fier' (}. wn 'i\1.\Pay slit: Hr.as mon~ beautif'l,l ;'htln a ny' '~~tnn an fie lin d lMtT 5,f'en. Slie • .,,0 l't ro be'S' lof brigfil reil~ ,ancl sue J;VtlS li~e a ,{iug'e' crimson ros .'.' i,n the llridd'le of tfie green ga nl:ell. . .slie did ntlthlnJ or lfJ,a ke.' any sign of being a')I;a~e' t)f tlie app'roacliiu9 t.'fVOj yet .. JJ)}bo,dy (,ould sen: e tfiat

she ~'h~r~' tn:~}! Jiltere lfiere. Sne spoke tTt l:.astJ siolnl),~~~ and ,:!/fJryhody de,tecletl la' cie,ver tone beniJ]',d ~I!t:ll-cfiosen wYJn:J5'"

Jt"ou an~ lien: lJJ la-st. Iliad (i'reamed yvu 'w(Jui(l,m:"ne. Was tfie jOu f/rtj' difficnlff n Slit "U1utd ,ana 9{lZt,J at: §fnyhody~ ltl},/io 'i~vas w·tdrh.ing lift".

0'1'1,vhal do, )IO'M w{!',n,t jro'1Jl :mje?tJ' Yfiryb'Ody in'qu,[l"C,d r'n ,tlie nli1sl' casua! uoice ,(i.e' £,(ndll' ,m.uster; IHlderneaM lie was ·terrified.

fit!if !a:lJOrj •. s.he replied. She seem,ea to; he ,searr:fiiJ'9 /0" ,Scnrl:etf'iing J eyti:l~g

,a"if.T-y: ,6: ~i,~ _~ n e ""~o'iI ~,bJy' .... ~ <i". t;", (ii'll!.'!.i J "":11'1)" il . .r1jJy ,;ilj"",'" 'f!: i.;';~ rp-: ,- fi'l!'bi,l!;,.,g,~~· c~Jl 'C'r'ri ."oj!I .. J

~~I~ . ~l-~ r- !tiE.,] tt711L1'~~l, "_IIi@: ~J~,""" [_ -V~-!I;~:U"!l ~J1', rt}v.Ci: '1f'1~;JI ~(U.l. M" ~_J~L-I.:r. v 1l_il:I~, ilIJ!~_~~, ~~IJl,if 1;..1111,1

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't.rt1"~]lC .. :.-, .. _, 1.1'" .. t: , "." , •... : "t:, . :~,- .. -t~.-, .. -'~'rI'f)"tf· 1 .. J ~,c; t1I/,na,r. C,OlUlJ! oS r10" 0. 9' fait P£I SO,O ,if,Rt you Jil1tlJ.r. . r ':OJ'U. .n.~e., ,J'/!L/ny" uOFJ l

even kJWHJ. , • N:His voice trflrlelJ ojf becaus« 'tlie (£lay JllJUS sfiaRlu9 fier head h no~ ;., a.ru:l fie tl,td no:t· fi'u,o w wna:!' stit: H!aS sfgn'tJ:iiTJS "nO' ,. to. So he lvent:' ,sitel,1 t. Stir: .sm,i'leci ~U hJnl and' lie fell' diffore1.i:t" ,lno.re' oJ ease.

She 50 i.d,j '"iJJ'o ,rot· be. afra:i,Q. I liWiil ~~ot:' liu"f" l',f)LI.~ ,an-d Me fa [JOr J IJeed 1 wil1' eJf1,iain ,{:ate,i:, tf~r ,rw'Jov jrJ':St be rn}p. w,elcorne,d !luest ~

9luy.b(ui}} :speJV~~ tlie' ~~e~r.t tliree ,Jays in tlie,gtn'iler.!'", .... }{e speJ'.I'i: ~~)~'U~' with tfi:e' Lally (uul wi~fi <]1'nu'~, tli~nl.9li: fie ctmid ,lb',uI QU t, ab~'w$t uot:fiiny. rrri~P lVlnilll' just ia ugli antI. ,9il)'f,' .fiim silly tl1J':SHJeI:5. :He asfietl :tlie Lady lier Utlllr:t but· she said~ "I Tnigfit be called a 50Irt:tr~:S5 ar G: :Wi'l'fil or 1 might be cutled €I priFl;CfSS J ,but.· Tiievel" 'wiN l llll my UlHne to anybo(ir~ /'Or in my 11tHt.h? lies. !) reat p,D I~'-el: l'

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at tlie e,r;;ci Df tfie' third ,day 'J1,W,MU~' (aUle ln~d 9!'o~: ,9flrybedy from the ,pt;.ol 'wne;l! fie 'was ,batfi!ng. rtfiey f4Aent baci :(0. tne SeCOR{/' clearing", 'The .Lady sat.' ,on t]' 'VfiVer: co~,~t:lij, ,€Jll.d as ,£:{lrybJJJy tm:tend :I/ie l:,{tarin9',~ .m;an~lj:R9 at fiel' be{UJtYi' lie ,g a's-p ea. rro the Lady:s .right Jivas tfie Sorcerer in pu rf~(e.

9li'JyboJ.y jell ~'O fi1's ,knee-s ,ane$' h'ltyged for merry. 'mit? SOlrterer jm'1pl,ed J'lp' ,iJ1,anger. It Stvp tliis, putl yozlr5eljtO'f),tltlielj J~~ har;e .iU\O ·ti'n,te fotryou:r sIRi'vci= b1J. n a,o/bD,dYi Sl~oppif.~ :wUh Q' joltJ SfQv:J lip cur.d faced ~ti£' :tJ'!!O ,p\il1JiiJt:r=

fl1;( /if) fn't.s '" '11ie. ohl. S~n-cel:er sa~' dO~I1FI.. Nqfia't~ .be.lter,. my' boy. You!Jd: a. liiOlcl. of YO'I'Il:SeJf. 10.1'1: fill, rJe :m fnce m ru:h JiliO,rjf than me ,before :this is :tfinulgfi.. jJ.'

anybody lilm$ sJrucfi JIII/ifi foar; 'YBe,fore l!vha t ,IS tfim'rJ-gIi?~' Nt!: tnn~bied., ~e Sorcerer nro:riDned' )vilfi' firs hand for YfJryblJd<y to $# d;~rwn, I.~JVtHV" list.en' careful1y~ tn,>, bayJl YO'll haw. rlUJcli ,to lellm ,una m IIlli 'to do. Yo,rllullSt'

forgi:'ifJl!. us for ;the ~t\1uy r~ri ,Ufnvtl!x/j bId' MJe filU/ to be pe,W')J sure' ,tlia;t. ,no oint!

If~ri:ew who you )IJel~',. ~j

'~~fJell~, yell shru;i'(irt't ,(ial;;e an,,} p',n),blem: lliel"t:, ~ !JlnyhuJy' ndorled, ill a01tt e'1){fn knolv :wJi:[J J ia~J1., n

"'TJ3elzl!M! "'lel-'~ :~lie Sorcerer' cai!~limlet'l him, !'~;it. i5 j~lSf.' ,as 'well' you cion t, li,u~lw wlio YO"!" art realty. " ,£f1,r:y.b~ldy HW.s W'IY iwrwem,d at;' all tfiis and fiis 'f~1IOny slio:weJ' nil over (f:is foce.,

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fJ1i'e £ady loo'lie,,1 at' Ii'r.m ,softly £'Ul',d:' uaS$urCti nt:~1J tli:~~; as long a'S" lie ,didt! ~t IinO'w' wfio fie really 'WlrS, .no one couili. fim;e po l~~,er 01Aer fiim or pln«r t~ firn1: hi-Ill. Stir :wenf ,Oll. ·to tellliimJ iffJ1ie pOlv.er to ClIst spells lr:e'S itt Iij,,~'O~~ ing [ovlikfi w.ords to use 'w,itfi eacli specific person. q'/ieir un ,n:e is tfie; lliO',s,t ptJlver/ui, ,oloing with ·words. fmrn ·trieir h:i:st:'o"f)~~ '~fJe ,all fiartf nisto,n;e'5 ~ '~Ii()U9li '~~e fia:ve f.ept 'UlenJ, lilly 5trrt,r~ ln~d ~vt fiave liep t onT na niCS 'rJfry sec ref' (l'S JiveU. fJ1ie e,!}il po~r$ witli wli'i'tli }I;P€ finl~ 'to contend rUilOUJ nuU':h abOl,rt ll:S. cnttry' fiaVl!: n,I't1n)' Spfie:s, ,a.lf:d our POHters up until now lit! r;e been f!.lltU(Y nUJJr:herl :wi'tn :f:fieir-s.

,r~qh.d' ,r:e'Ce:ntiy ,tJll of ~f$ /i;:ere fiavt.' recfi;IJe,i/ Q. cl.eadi;y blo:w. We~ 'tfie Jif'ise OfJ'f-Sj wno .fia 1M! fo,r cenhn1.e~ pml'ecte& aU flift Jilj'Q.dds to al' r rea,w; {I,re .no r~v in j'tO'p',G1'liy.. 'rrtif! nl.U$tf1' of tlie :~l:J~utnO)Il'1 .li(15' le,anu~"'d nry ua me ana. plerflaps tne nanr.e-s of'nry rJDble friends who re$;i;de heft.' :JlI;itJi me, 1~)e {,tll~ fee.l Uia:t Dur po r~e'r5 are w,aniny, ,untl 'the JuJe of those who' a:rt p'rote:cted h'}J liS lI.nli~fl.(J'~l}in9,ly is aJ stalie.

!~A.Je liul}e' se:i'ecteci '}J10U jronl' GJ1J,ong :tliem ,to aid' r.r;s in: Oli.r nou,. of need, You art s'liield:erl by :Y'OlU'" 10 WI:!' ;gn',on"1.i~'f and !lIlt Mlisu jO'r yo'r~' 1,;0' go forth

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IJS I~ur' j],rnry,

alfybod<~ ,ctl'uld n:ot bet!eve fits £:'anr., :He was borN: liou(n~d antI terrified. ,:He' io'O.lied bacK at' :ffle Lally in D'sto'J],i'sfiJ.I1!ent. ~IiJ3,ut' no w {:a~ J he an arnr.y,?J'

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'~6:e Sort"e~r mterrupitd. i~YesJ LtJl.ctly ~~hat Q,oes ,ft nu~'an for one lo'an Iv be'in,. anri}'? rtfiu is )AOHf' ~'Q'sfi, l"ou mU$t.,go fortti into tfie d:crtnain of :fne UllRltOih~lIn; you alo'1Je r.lU15l 'rO'5'$ tlie barrier where nOf.l',f' (if flS haw:

Jared ;~n tres,a. qJut' r,nOTe ;b,n,po.,r.tan~J yoro RUEst retl'~ m an,d briny with you :1:rifornuctpol1.J. vitaJ information: about' the maSfer of,tlie :Untnown' rfacties ,of tfie beyor~d. ~IO yoU' no ~~ , rnuler.sUl',nd?" rtfi£ Sorcerer ,eyed !Anybo,dyJ :who was wnh:/ii'~9 fiilrJ' Q:nd lis:tenil,lJ) ,toliim.

!if1rybo'Jy screamed, <;1' l!an~t • ' •• d,onjt JrUI.Ii.e' m:,f' ,do itl 1 am ... r '~lei~U1 . " . I . . ,U J{e he!]'an to so"b ~ nd 'wuinl,plt!r.

'fJ"tie Sorcerer slQ:pped' Jif'm (n~:d sfi,f).(JR. nim. ·~get' a hold of yours,elf. 'YOll are bu;[' one sm,all. PQ:rtir:le ir[ Q: fiu:!}e 'U rrivel~e. J-(o:ue you rreally so rll uch 'w lose?"

!/fny,body' S;I'l ddenJy ell. me to fiis senses. What the Sorcerer fiad ,su,td c.rystallud :iu iii5 mind. :J{(! ,retJ'lI.y had lwffiif.!9'~' $0 fil' liad DJOthiny' :w lose., :lie ~:fi(Jllgfil to himself, 1'1' will. rijk alltlie notfii~l!)' I have an,1 fac' Ifi Un= In,rlwn ,i'R s'e;arcfi of sor'l£lfiil,rg. ~ ''11iis !)'rfJ!Je him a s'.cl1se ,of plurptD,se - tli:is 'W,D'S SOfJlitf1ili'!J :wo,rt/i li{uJi~9 no,r/iilJ!} fo"' .

.J-le 11~rned frofn foe:, to sto11',e-cold r-e50iution. :lit fOIOk Q' deep b'uQ'rli anti :hnlllea to :tlie Ladyj w,lio fi€ul' been pttltl'ently M~t£/ii1~ fits Dutbl,rsf. ~Il J1Jili gal I will Jo Ii/hnt you' tlSR. - ·'Q'Ci7l!J' :tlie tfid{~ltnlm out tfier:e (-outd be ,no

worse' .r!ian fa!~IU!1 a'li :thal' ,1' do',IT, "t RJ,unv lie.l"f;'. JJ

%e .£ady and the: SG!.rcerer smilt'd tuul ·tney lail' afl' lil grMt. ftos.t 'foyetlifr" ,~Jf. wise IORCS 'J~e callea mg.r. qney in'strurtm Yfn.ybmly in. w:_nat :tn.q' ~lU~'W of'tlit. metlioJ lof dint O'd~r5a?: :lfe was .instn.mtga in' spells an·J co,unte'f5p:fllsJ MiOn:lln;ugic a.lid tfi~J,rg fnay.ie, fiaes tnul c:orlRter/ie:.r:1?j - {lJl

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,t e 1.110 W,_,f -!£lit ,t .f,o/ ' ·Ie :lt~,vt , RUe ,.t , ' e (lJ1 asse: to t .,fl.]" _n:UJf RWI nor.

9fnybiJdy' sleprf H~,ell' trial. ,',J:~9fi;t and prl1:mced fits new' sl£ills Q'lt 'Me nat weeli.. ''Fi~'Uli~y 'the Sorcerer (,aTne' to fiJm lUla sn.id, ~ ~r frien',(l~ you m:ust be off: qhne' will be your!) rli't;le as fa,r as fie ,d:'QnJ th:eu :you: 'will' be (lIn ytlJ'tr mvn. ,rpn~ctice yo,,!'~ ,m rglit ~lletd, ,but i't l1~ldd only be' ,dtlRjennu (iistm'y ;rfiat (ould' be used '~9{1in5:t: you. ~,e' ~ff II~Q:W. llvlsli ·)fo~nl. ,(I: sap an,/. s,ee!Jy' re .. trn~nl but. do, J:!'ot 1':e{unJ Jilfitll(]uf $,ome oJ firs l1istory or llien' :will rnJDSt. ,tllEdy

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vie' l.I'lHIJf!'t!'fe ~'O ,n~ir,U7r :1)0 i

r[he Sorcerer patt:erl ,£lnyl:wliy- O"J tfie b,ack ana led film to the' edg,t fJj,tfie mountain", ''11nlc had' ,(vmp,rl:ed prDus\fDn~ folr ,bom of tfilUlj 'tliese tlily' :tfJoli

UfJ' .. ll1i ~'~nf1·'~ 8,fl. t;: .n'~i .Jtil':g'. d riil ,~:c eir }~DUn:!',ey' .. ___ ~'_I I!"-~~~~' OLl_;"'~ '~'~'lIja' ll'~ LJIJ[~I, ,lj]~L-'. .. . I _ , ~

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Yfl1.y/Joay and qj:,fr.lf' CQ~ne ,ao:wn dit: ~nOHnlain arul passed quiclily' nl1l(i,qr1I-'

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illy /0'" trw days tJirongli tfiic~,fon!-St J'Ui~il :tliey Ten'thed a ,ciefJ'll'n!J'" a~~,r-'

,body' c!ould' see jvr 1nila land' lJJite$" qliire 'WaS {j,n[cy nothing and more Iflotfirns; a great p,lnin ,lay bffo',re' tfien.i:, qJ:nre tlHllea baf:1i. to !Any-60'fty {!,lu:t erlenJ:eci filS ,/land in jnel1 dslit,p' ,', Sonlefiow £i!lryb,od>y cozdd' ·tielf,tfiey 'wtre t1b{}~d' tQ pan.

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r:fime Sll iJ~ «'T'hi5: is it" :rny Jitll1t;SS iCO'1trJ.pan,i,'on., 'We nl:nst parl, for J c'an 910 "0' fiJrtlirr. " ,9llf.y,bo(l~ ;w;isfie{i ;tlial' /i;'ts comp'lunio,n '~vo~;f:id Ic:QU ti'n~N~ on. :tfie JOu rneyj b~~,! fi~' ,tue.w' it, w;ou,lJ be frJI:itles5 to {l's-Ii liirn: :~v lvn:tinHe"

So ,£(n,y,bolty- sa ttl ,g,ood bye ~'lul J!lJell't:~ em ,aio.fJ;(;!. ''l1nM ,StG:Da stUl and Jvutc,iied liim lVllll!i 0'1]., !ifnyhoJy tll.ni~etl around jl'~'st' r'n timt!' f.v .see mnle ,aisS',olve in t;fiin a i:r=poo'aoffffff jfna n~o r1V Yfnybo\d-y ,line~l~ ;tliat fie lilJa'S s.urely mJ fils ow,,!',;,

'The' clays pass,f'll S;lllJlvly: .Gfiryhody Cl"Dssed' tile' gn:ld fdain and' ell nit to a for~t;, It l4~1l.5 un,li.ke ,an), forest fie lia'd ever seen, Q nd )iI!Un s,~"ne resetva ,it'oJ.I' fi'e; en.:~red and nunle fiis Jim;; ;in (0 the' trees. as fie PQ'Ssed' SliJ;l~ly tlirou!Jh' JU iles oftJITesJ fie ~',attli:l~tllnu$ listened iJut l1(lffiing (leu t oltfie o',r~ ,ar'nary ,co I'lld be ,perr:ei'I!fa. 'lret fie line"' tlia t rll:ore itliuJl tfi:e; edd' :f7WS ia.muF.l',(lli~'rn acc(J,I'l1.I'ted fo;r fi:rs .liefing ,of une'llsin:e'S5.,

Smuetlii ng sua denl~' ,sit.ruck fii'll!, fnn'i~~ hlen,inlJ. tJu W nl,t!a aro rnul 501 q:[~ijcJ€(y tfiat lie saHJ tli:e' ,pebble tlied ,had' stnudi. fifrn fait"I'!} to tlie 9~~ilIU,t ,J{e; '!VDS .so' 'terrified tfiid every,tlii~! .. 9' a,ppellred' to be ,in slow :rn:oiiDn, ,:Jie lifted' liis. !J'I1U' turd wtls./ila=tv{t1'Ce 'with a queer old nu~n} beut ll~nd sto,opt,d' by .rlie' ')JfUl'S!, d.rts s ed' as ill paUp,(!f.

a:JlaIM' you any}ood to sfiare 'w.itfi an O'/ll' ,l([lUi' ~v'6o' is fi:lH~rypn

.::fl~ybil~y was' so ,reli,'wEd tlint lie pulle'd SOIHe .bread' frO'r.r.1 fiis pack. al~d handed U to ffie Did: nUUl. tT~;e oJd M'an he!ll1r1 ,to eat D7nd pte,rt'd at anyhody out of the co',nr;ers of fiis eyes. ffllflho' a~' y(n~ ~ lny' de-tn' yo.;JJ'19 1Ra n who. cornes M~'UJJiing in my forest. {done t!nd' unpr:otecretl. fro~ll tfie /Oi'Ces. diat lie hell! J1ritli~ir~?"

,anybo.dyJ. 'w,(io /iad r:-elaxtti SOI1JeJvhal} hecam' tler.I'se agairr. "l " , .. 1 '1' n. ju"St ,Y-!ny,b,od), UI)Id" I' am ,90'';"9 '. '. '. n :Jle bUll:tJ1e awaIe tfiaJ lie fiQ,d' J10

.J "';,1..' "] c 1'£ ".

{'u,!sun'Quo'j'[. ,,"!',uve no " • ., . . . 1\;t;r tl • . . ,a.a.

r{lie old' rna1J: ilfterTlJp:red. 'l-I9lri! you rWln'i~lB a ~''Uy ftrnn SO'lnJfl'.me?» "Yes ~ 'yes I a:m: I1lUJ. l' (lo~ll ~JuJ.'w ~~liere l a rn 90i1I9. #

''11ie oi,$, In'an steni(i~d pieaserl a:f' aJl ~fii5. ~9(wfd you. dO'1r it RJ:I',O)1) 'Wh'el"f you a,re §tJiu!}? p;.

,vfhyb\od<y .tri:ed. 'to g,MSp ;t/ie mo,nmt. "l har)t? f.!1d) /u;rure as of ,:llUiI' a.n',ll anr/ooliilf!1 fo',r lone,,» J{e !rtrlteJ ,tlits w"itli as '7u~,cli convi(tio'fJ ,(1.5 fie ,c;ould.

rrtie old nUIR beglJn to splenii. i'll nc1d,lt5jwfiic!i' tfnybDl~y ,(o,u,ld ll:tJt 'u'nder'Sta~ul rtfie o,ld' mn" ra;itled Oi,r-,I ,and O,if.. tlt]turlniJtj fiorse} sl~tnm1J!J sn(J1ie~ lau!Jliing spellj {li5QI'p't,ariny ,ad' . . ."

Sudden'o/ it ,oc:crJrreIJ ,'~o !:fr~y.b'O~y ;tnat" flit old ~~uur. 'WitS f1J~fr!9 to atwx/( fiJW1: "'itli' JJlj~9i£~ ·W:liat. ,are yOll. doiT19? p 9lFry'buJy ldemande:d of the old :ma~J.,

~ :7"G;tfir~g j ss tfie ,old man ;€ol'!t:fde.,1,. "l 1I;a's just tn.lfiillg to' InyseI_fi but 'wno aft ;you ,reai4J tliat.' trespt1sst.$ in, rny' "lOuds?~'

,!fnyh.\ody assured 'the lold lrl:an' ,tlitrt fie Jvorlld be' 9'ind tiiil let1vc ,if tlii' old mtlll: 'WOfl,ld SnOh) niJU: ,the ~. 13'(1t 'me lJt/J:' man $lio,;£ .fits fiead «-11'0~' {nul' drew tI' fi~'l!l'e sW(Jrdlronl under fii's d'oali. ~e old ffUll1 .ftO l{),l~!Jer iO'Dfitd oltl' b:ilt rlJ'tfier·I~1ie Q: ,!J,'rtflt warri'o,r cast in bronze, flart,ss land deadly:

anybody :WD3 filte,d ]~Jidi ~!Jlit . .:His :mina raced t/i,mrlgfi a'u 'me Son:tre,,, naJ :told n,im li:n;tj( ,a ,({etu:riptiO,H of '(fiis 9~f,a.nJi'an crt tlie ,forest. passed 't/i,rofJgli filS min:d. J{e c:all~d o:~tj' '("You mWlftna it so liandr-' ,tfiaJ it will gil"Je' you a: tift,!.f~ J{e 9iance:d Q't tni' arm and ,hand dial' field ,tlie sr~tnyl. n'

begtln t_OI rise up'.,

""I Ii' ill tli t." J~ ,_j ~C ,r J ".1 • ..1 c· .~

- can ~ an _~ ,_Ie ~'_ _t1.~ SlU~, :ui€ (P',liU mQ'lt-lurn!ea-'M)a:rrLO~ atr,a: nlS mor;emefk

.sto'piptd. j,{e sm;f{£,a ,at a"nyb,o,dy and' silr:dl "Tis J ,can~ bllt only as qutdly as }'Dl1.T hel£n1; attncis.,."

~:N,atJ'tMtly~ 1J illti41.l'i"efl9fj11,bod,~ «as soan a'S Y01u ,can r~spoin;d folly to :rn)'

oj'.11' ,..J: n~IHe.

"1?:r-ay, begii,n to tOTll:tfl'n~e, ~. 5'lztd m_e o,l&' lntu.V'ild!tl.rricn:

!inyhoJy' be!J',an: ":Read is ,tv' fiat as body is to . 1 ,atul ,1 lun: ,to my' ,as you ar,e to j a1J,d (;1l)'5'SeS are to Ts' as dots are tn' ~ ,5' ,com~

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9Cl~d ,e;!JeJl as 'the olJ.' m:an/J;I;a,rl1'Of'~ ,eyel[ld~ g,elv heavY'! !If,ryblO,dy fiea,l1 fiim, :~I}liL5]le1; ·-'yo:u: I.rUU:t be. frozen '~~,i:t6 tCr:ntl;tipa'tr:Of,t. ,~

rl.~,~- L 4$.U ft' l~ " .~ . d' .,. d a « 1.1,' . c~l'~' " '''. (": .,'" ., ~,., .;r1C. '. J'_j' ~uyVlJu" il:iIl, para~,yz£L, an, , a €O~u ,cru_~, rnn. rJ P 11105 j pzne. .' 1 ~!t OlJiJ

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~no,vjlit1.rri'o'r began tdl mo~ fo'rwurd bli.nd~p~ fii's sHJ(}nJ stili' 5,I'J'Spelul;eJ..

·'You. wi'll ,corne up l1!Jtli'lSl' no' stJlm:b,lr~n9 block if o'n.f~ 'yt'll always p'rlit your best·fotit.!orWll'ftt ~, saia ~n.)'.body {itIJtiny{y.

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rrrie Did nmn.lwn'rriilr :$lo:wtci an'ti"Ii'e eOI:J:Unru!:d W fndi his riafit leg ~~o:wafd any,body whiu' fits ,left 'was left"

5flrybOdy di,~u::Med and SiJ',ld:, "'amann9-Yo~, give tfiem an incti and tliey 'folie a :m d'e.-lli;d( con'ld !Jive' yOl~ a spift'tirJY lie{ul'acfie. ~ .9l'nybody' ~olild 'tell' tfiaf 'tJie,g u,tI:Jidi'an o:ltfie fo'rf,$t :Wtl$ ,b~9innr:R9 to t:racl up; ·YpJ'~',ll ')~,Oll,r'" ,self #1J:9'etlier!! l. com;m:anded: 9lny,body fi~'tti'''JJf:y. ,MIORe',neJflber :i:t could fi:a,;,e bee'lT. l!VO,~~e--you. Tt~:igIiJ linve: been Id tli:tp off :the o,ld h!,lock Dr a spitliny fmage OT' 11t)1 cup (]f:te:a or' a bag of hot.' 'winel. ~,

~~I1;O:I'lgfi" ~, cried tfie B!lla,rd:i:an~ ",fiG! loolted qJI:,i:te ~1litliered by' llie experitJ'!Cif.

j~ J'tot q:u:t'tt. J 'fnink ,tliot YIUl ~,r,e' llue :to sit/or III spell1, ~. said' ,arrybod<y~ c-ast~ in!! abo ,rtf Jvr an. appropnull' J'flut mDve.

Ii I ~,d ratlief' i'ie.J ~. re:ptif!d:' tlie 9:!'Un-d~ian trutlifulty.

"" Of CO'll rse, » ,sai,a .9fjrybody ,addly" "bu: it m ftjfi:t hlurn' :you up., n

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d'i,e ~rrha~u~ se,nsa:I.I:Oo!1S'" ~f,eep ueepr.y.p '.,. ::Jl.UU~: ltUr j ~~li;N a $0''''9 In

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~Dl1rl£vut: I~n(~: a p\f)CR:el~,!u~ ~. artluns:~ UfJ,r![ ,1 c,an ".1' yo.rl~, u,u·l',rte.l" ~r.y-

,b,oli)J~ an,d' fi:e :WfJ'!{ ,on fiis i~Way.,

,1,{e JlJvas vel)? t:ired' .and' veT}' ~Jraid' yet 1'rIlle iJ',i,prt!ssed wit:li firs new pO~~;1= ers. :J{e finel. 1(!(Jrne,J betllr :tfill:t.I, fie had slUp',edt!,d fi-Drn the t(!(J;(,hir,rg.s fie fillet rft;e'ive,d'~ but nO'M~ /i:e' on~}' des;,'reel' tv rt;stfor t]' Short lim:e. :Jle found a p'lace ~~itfi sfi:elter lind selilta dO'~}Jl ~v ,steep.

rfI1e SHtfJr:d foil :t_o tfie,9~oulld ,and me ft.9'Ul1l :tunr.e;d Io'ld {nul Hnllier:ed again. "~,o n,o{ cl,e:stroy ,me, ,M fi:f' begg,frL '".1' did' not fiJww' )#_nr: ~,ere.' ,(u],e' of

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ytr.ryhoJ-y placed tht 9 r~',af;dian fnto' a deep sleep anti. ~vtJlt ,d)n fiJs. way,

.1 Tn niedia:tei;J 9fir.ybody e,r,r.t_€:rtd' a t.b~e,am jl ,Of' J!lih at lie ,tfiouf) tit M;£L~ a ,d',t'tl.m. :He felt lif3 udnd ,stJ~U9gl.il~9 (0 open nun,!}" Id'otJl'$ tlia'~ liad beel! lJt!l)' agli ~ly s{i.rJ t; on',c' b, ,one tH",' ~von'!ld open' and tfiere w'tU'l'ld be IWi,t(iiu!J' inside,. iTiJ,tJ,e and time t1!}',din lie str,!'199iea to a.pen Q' aO{)Tj Jus.t to' fi,~d ,an .enlP'ty '~OlJl.,

:lie :tnen h\ectu,f,l e t1; w,are ;ffi::at it- ~fJ:S "of fiis n',l:l.'"nd tat all :tliat r~a5 5'e;a.n::n= I'ug--:il' J1ill:S ,his lrr:iru:I.' tfiat 'Wt1S be,iug s,ea.rthed. J-{(! stru9gled' to Q:waJten but lie c'(ni./il JUlt J{e fougli.t willi liiJ'Us:el/ to' acfii'e.w' c£)ludouS~leS$ a.nd

,fi:Juliiy did] b,lt:' lie' ~Ims 'W' itJI~gef in liie for:tst or still asleep,,:fle r~a's standir'!} in Q' to'I'o'l:yan:l' ,devvia of people e:.r:cepr( for one l/i}.,llo',m: fie: tou/"d not.' see. C~,!'.~ ;<fj,~_~, '::p'. ~~ :"' /1' l~Uji '!liJiJl C:iJ" a, 'f,;,JIII',r~: ,.of"~ ~iU:'~lC~ veil~ ~lfuateJ in. Ih,f' center of,· ,_

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the' cou,rtyarr1.. urtVli.y £l.ft '}Aou hene? ,..,

~ 1 don Jt really ki'i~OJ!vf ~ ,~o/"" b\d1\dy £l:nsHIt':r:ctl.

!r~ (lI ,VU ,co:rn.e h} J'n a ,;di )'Oi'l. r P'OJ<llel"S ,aguinst mine? l' 'Iiit lJOic-e ,~vas liard .and l.n1= 'y,illdiJ.fj .

M oli~, nO.j I a:rn £in,a of las I:, I' ,anybody assl,l:Tt,d' "lie :!Jo.i:'re.

~rrthey' h:ave sent 'You fro~rn. tfie; 1'J10UIJ'raiu" In: 'tfieir folly' :~'liie)~ Inl d,f.TeS,finl,u:t.ed nT.~' once fJ:gtztn' an'tl 'yrnl fitfJ)/!.' Wia/fie,d' ['nto YOUT ,dtatfi.,'~ ,VI'

fL~Jure enJ:er9td ffi1't~'rJ'!Jfi tlie' veiis. fArrybotly (r,VlltCI1 c,a bolli in trig ,1'U!,d' ,uuci t1onifitd' at hc}'I';v ui.ucfi t,fiis f]t~,.S'o,Ji:

,I&~ew Ol:j:d:' 'ffie meJ:i'tro,n ,o/liis ,deat/i. 'folhl::! lie fiUfJ va,lun:'feered to' die a-n,a ,fjfie liad to' fie 'ro~oltld',!,

a lillt)"f'.' fie ure st~p'pefJ' out from the te,n:t. Jt fi'ad the

b!o~y of a Tn ll,n :wiui tht.

fie,tld of',u bear; ,or $0 it.' ap,p-eare,a. :H£ had l"101 rUJIn',uJ"i hauds b:ld,g,r,anit cltUV5 J:t)Uh to,"!}, talons '!' 9f.lf-y'b'oay stepp'ed back a nil' go s pe,d 'r~itfi No',rror. ".J{o W COll/it .1 fi';~1. rt :yo u.? 1. u m: SOl ,$ mall and yor1. are fien_-;e. N'

''I1ie'ftgure swp,pea' DJla ~n~£nrd at ,:!JflryhoJ.y. "TO:I'~ /£no'tV /i;[)}I}J tim:J' 't you? n

,£inyh,,&y pratt!steJ 'tI1oJ lit; H)Q5 jrl:st dream,fng; na'n:£' ,oft61$ :1lW1$ reaL lliltd' 1,!'O one cal,r liurt lln}'on:e else D"I: a alTa"i. 'PrO(JtJDfffffl ''The fi9!'!re HIll'S n,o ,l~nl.9e.r Q; :rr.Ulllster h:u:t o,niy ,a miHI ,like any ,ottier.

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W _af..,taVf yO~l. one. 'jel~ltre. ,emQ,rl :e".

"I fiave don;f nO\t1iin.9,~,n gnybo(iy ,p',rotested.

!.f S,D JIJe an' ,~;o nUl'irti PO'W'ff' t19ai:'lM~t p'O:IiIIt~ are ~£-? n

a:J~lo'J. II vfJ1ybo,a, fJF"ote5,tla" :He decided il' :JiiJQS tlute 'W be very cartful:'., 1-(1 Ii:ave just ~ome' 'to '",U?t:~' witli' o~e so ,lJ1()Jiuerfol.' :rliat.' lilt Dl igfir' beeom« Q Utes,., If'l Q'm we,laJll!,t' ,let us trl'Ui ,~7;5 ftie:ru15 d(J,"'~

%e man ,eyeJ fi,m ccn·t:juily ana 'fliougfitfidiy tuul then' C,l&lp,pe4 firs fianas (J:nd yelledJ !liJJJ,b,le, food, Wi~le.i nu!'sic for my !}'U,fS:t,""' Sudde,n/y ,Q; 'table laden: ]1!itli a gre.a.t fo~$f ,a'pp,e'llred~. and h"lir:'nd .it mu,d'dtu.~~ ai'ready p,liTf' "":9' r'EiJUllly :Uie rn€l.'rI ,me~-l.ded' .Iff's liand to ,9fnybDd}~ and siddl ft.'YOli. m8Y call me ,the o'n'e lvl-iO !Jltiaes. J{(Jfi,\~' m,ay l' be. (jf i~u!roic,e' 'm yt",U,?H

anybody '~'$ ,(1# ,Q loss to a,rrSJw.r~ ·".l,t1:rJl ,~'body;' I ,S'u~: to ulufer5:tnrr.d',. ,,,. ~% :uruler-stand wli:il.'~?"~ ttlie ~man pee'I"td a;~' fi,[m.

,r"'J1ie ~~ars jOf tli:e unkno'wu,» &ir.d befon! !ifnybody coruld 541 C1notner 'w.vrd~ llie ma.n ,saiJ.~ ,ror S'o' be it,. ,,,; aFf,d clapped (i,is fiUTj;ds.

,vtnybody fo'l'u1:d fir nu!elj iy.fn~J DR a liillsr,'cle ,ove.rlOfJ'fiJng' tJ. ,!}l't'at· city;, ,._1IP,' tho u!I Nt' at first lie ,nn,t;S:!' fiuJJt,' aJI@,llfiened,frDm nfj d~ea:r,r!i but :tv fiis ,d'is:m:~ he' still field His 'wfRe ,glass in, /'i,is fian~J.

anybodY' J9ulliea .sl:~nvl)' down: tfie' hIlt ,['"1"0 a, city bus,t_lin9 'ro\\',[tn peorple of RrtUo/ strnr~ge ,faceS'" 'Eml'rye.ne i'n the city $f'e,.n,ed to liave a p:11 rpo'se and

·tD be in ,a h!lny. 5frryb0d'v_jUSI strollea I1tofn!}'J. liIJO~j'{lt:ril~ H1Iiat· 'rwrlld liu,p-' pen ne:.d .

.9lso'ld'ier approached hinl .and lOORt!d nirn .sq.uarely' :in ·tlie eye. ~ollo:w me~ P •• fie said.. ur;oiio~I' me, 1,·

Yfnyblidy foll(n~,eJ tlie .soldier to! a: !}'f)J.'{1.t. palace tllIjd :wo.5 taken "to 'me q,!'~Q'r't.tl'S of tlie 5o,ldiers. ctfi::e' captain. of fh:e·.9,u€lras W'GS ,a .giant:" luan Jt,hO co. rried a if':tmn~ndtwus sto.1f. J{e 'W,d'S sCioldJ1.lg tn:e· yorn~ger so~d·te!'s.for' bra wlil~9 when alf)pbo,to/ ~:P"N1Htidied li"in1" ~h~' so{{i:i:er ~I1Il,o had eseor,tf!G ,Sluy,b,ody pres.entta (ibn, ~y lUlrne' (so :to .speali);" tJi"is 5 fU~p.rise{l orn.ybody, as fie htuJ lilevcr 'lU!i,QJ1)J of diese p',eDple ,befo',re,',

tJ11e ca,p;r"o'f:ll turned to .9fnybody an:d" looted lit.m o'~r; "'So you IVlsh' ','0 be

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"It 'r\vas no~" In)" :lllt21,i.fl'OTlJ I~O'J ," ans.Hltr:ea Clnybody., .. :;te.' sel1i." you~ ldinn: '{ fie? J~ ;Ilie Cop fa i:r.I: p,ersisted ,.

'"'.I.' gJU!:5S lie dfd1 M Ybl)~body' l~pli!e,d.

~elI.J ,ltts bej,i:U IUJ'W:'P,I ''f(ie captain sf._gna,lnl for 9fnybody ·to folllDJiV f!:rm an,d ield' fiirtl: to a counyu.rd Jvl1.eu 5"Oldier:-s ~e'r-e pradiring witfi S"IVDnts tuul' stalfo. tJJiey 'we~e' ailla:ry'e; :m:en an:d" qlric" ~1'iafuJ,. qJie souud ,of clu;sfiiJ.f9 steel .rtl'~g in' a'rybo~y's ears and fie '~VOfuleud if fie. coui,!. t,v;eit

st_ll'nd tnt.' ,piercing 50Ul~d", 'Tfie old JJ!Jlu'IIi::a.nllea ,!iJr.ybrJc~r a large S'word~' ,be cOffill ba rely fiold it.

fJ"he' Captain tlemaful.e,J,. ""Strilie rne,,'~ !?l1J'yhoJy' tfiQJl9',(it Jliat tJ:Ut1Cfi'j:'1~9 ',Ji~ Captain ·Wil'$ .€I p,"t!p'o.stero,_tS ~tletJ,

:J(J!.' ll'tln1,'e'd~ "I lvill n',ot. ~

q,he Capttl. in s w'ung hiS' liu!J"e' 5t~:fl {nul a bfo w fetllfH1. ,~,,}'b~d)1 j cfi:rsl. jle.'foll d'(J'i!Jv1i:J' ,gnJpinf}' for a i:,~ and rose 'tvitli fifte' in fi.rs e-y,es;, :He JliJt1S fu= 11~ous" SO¥llt,liilrg i.n fi:~:~u Cl.iCR,e.'lI. Jib n,i:iJuJ raced Iii rou,gfi di$,Cli:55 [1011.5 of :IIi:e' Q,rmies. of tlie ilnli"oJ1m ,~nuJ fie ,criea OrJ't.' ill' unyf!lJ. ,(,f StTOT~ 9TO'P~, .1 8£(1;.' ~ mo» ,on your k~u!es r

rtfie ,colr,'~ali becaH~'e sillll:l.~s l1~mis QJul.' 5pea rs feU IikJ!' ~ti;iF.!,,, Dr Ii rur ... tfJr:-ed m',en. foil' tOI tfi:eir !i..n.ees and :tlie c-apt::ain JiI!US tfiro wn tu~r bU'€tJ:Vln-dj. 9f~l.'yh.ody Il'eicl ou;~·1i is han!({ i:n a !)esll~ re lof strengtfi lUra ,atl ob\f)'tid (i,i:m, tJ1iq ,begged for JJl£n:y b~for!f; hi:Jll. :He iu filed a lll$. lefi: Hie to'uttyanl

J{e e,!,t£red' th'e palace, feeliJrg i'IU),i:nc:ih,le. ,!if :lfl'e.rre 9'cstru(J Inun, his fiuJ1'd' tiRcl the !J uards llvo.[J'ld jnU lOI ,flieir knees. :He Jivallie:& stnl¥Jlit i.n''{.l tlie' t6.ro~1e morn t1l1:fJ the atttuan.nts 'p'Qrt_eJ befor;e liinT.; as tliey {JiiJ1 fie saw' ;,lie "",£ wlio ,9 uides on liis (ii,rone s!'Uili~~!J"

~!9f b,rlli,ant pe,rJonruJJu:e~ rTl,) !neTul'.!; :He he9',(Jll to clap.

13 [l,t .cfnybody lila'S j1,0t ,am r~'$;ed, :Jle peer:ed at the fiB un' ,OlJ the 'IhnJue tlfJ'IJ rttlt/ietl' from: 'wit(iiFJ: lii!J rnin;a to the ~'ni:nd of tfie Ol,J€ wno' guides. 'ctliey struggled; ti:flj~e ,5w,od siill" '11ie ;';e"".dion built :00 il €:lf.rnal~. 'J1ie O'J1',e wl10 ,gutdes foil riO fifs fi.1UtfZS and era wled before fi:ts new ,m aster.

lJUe' ,one who; 9lt:ide;s m'se ;to 6i$ ,feet l1S fils flier! filled M~,i'tfi fratTed . .:J{e IOQ'£ea tltWHfU ,at :r:6,ryhOldyJ wno' 'W~'S Jl!l(J,rriii1J9 fiirn ~ ,and SQitt ·~o not· ,ove~stir,nate yt)u,rseJt lntle Ol,r,e. 1 a Hi. Ro;t a Inert !Cnpta iR. ~

.Gtn:ybody cOl1td ,feel :me !Jr-eaJ pO'MJer' 01 tlie' O'r.il' 'WhO !Juicies b,l(Jcfiilf9 liis 'tli~nlf)(its firu,n: ,enferihg. ''The one' H}-no guides smUed ql'U.~erly. ~~ y10u ~vish ,Q. jOI!Hl1ey? 90' in:tv y,our tfiou9fi~~',rt can 9'0 JilOWf;

~lyhodr~ miJul 'went. hJI1Rli.lor a' second. as his ,tfiougfits begt1.n ;f1o raa fie. liear;d i'~~ 'llie b,{1cfi of fiis m.i~'ut "q)o, nat" let nirn distnuj: ytUL n ,Xc regub,uJd fits trail,r lof lfiougfit and ieL~' a burs t, oj,ang,er frl'lJ.t.I: ,hi!i I1nutt ~lhr.t

III fils ama'Zetn~nt' fie w,as. 5tlJudi,rrg in jtOJrl ,of a !}'1t!t1t :rnirror. all' :Wi1$ .f:'~ Q; lllirrot? qli:ere 'i~1~ 'fIVO of (ii:nl; fie deci:ded i;t:' m.ust be #'ie guid:e.

q"hey moved. ,in :l1nis~'1.r. anybody JlIJ!i'S Husure H"'i.O was ,lead'il1!)' tJWld' u,Jlo UJQS ,foilowiJ19' ,a'FJ~body hecame SOIJ1,e'wnat lUi'ne,roed by lft'is bn ( fie 111~ Rtai1,iJeil s;~l'(Jdfl1:Sl' Qlul pO'i1'red b'is thfnJy/ir:s up~n tfie ,one wfi" §'uide:s. rt'fie self-iJful!Je ~f 5iJ,ryh\O,dy tiH71.ed' info tlie one wlio' gUides I bu:t s~ill :t1iey FnO-l1ft/. i.n drrles~ as ,cats be/ort tfie b(Htie, :rnlll_clir:'ng bo(tii strengfh ,of )I.JiU ~nd b(Jiffy.,

eThe'Dne :wfio guide.s br:ofit: tlif' silence' with a. bllrst of s'Fu:lls., iilsnJt, 9l'nybody JO'in!] hi an/{ a Little bit? ~fJ.fiat d:o 1 me,an hy' M,fiat J sa)'? 1.5" 'of DlilybodY'folilf,f!}' d~1'wn (nul dQ'W''''?~'' §!rryhlOdy blctlield' out the spe,lls ,by,iook,iRg q'ur~cIi.Jy at. the t111',f' 'wlio. ,g,rd,fes ~ loot as if 50mediin!J' Mltte' fillr). p,ening ;00 if. 'The .9uide insfinm'vely glluu:eJ down at' his fo;qt an:d anybody' yelled, ·~',SilenCif." !lga,ill ,tlit! ~v startlE at. ,earli [()'mer wi{l~to--~mli~ ~~ .. tQ=

eye il:1 a bt:1fttc: ~f po'wer.

!Xnybo'dy ]iva's ,lrainifJ9 ,/iinJ'selj: ,:Jfe til!'I.',lJ feel /iis p'(H~'er ht!g,fnn,il,rg to wan"', ,Xe kll.eW lie: ,r.o~r~,ld ,m]'/~ Re£p tiiis. up In:ucli lon9,e;r~

Suddt,y.dy it. ot:cur,red t;o a~'!'ybody' that. pCl'lia,p's tfie sam,f' ;tJiin~)' N as liap~' ,pe1.l.il1g to tlie one :f.iJho. guides. ,:J{e: said_ "YOI'I ClIn PE'LC your po'w,e:r '~lNultn9'J' yDu~re !Jf{Jwir~ wt'aker !€JJuJ weaktr~ 1!OJV you .can'/eel' it draini'~~91 :wnnin.9'~' arainiJ'r.!} IWI€J6.e~r (l,nd 1neelier ,J( m.vu!~'

rt'fie 01U.~ 'NII-fio ,g.r!'r:rles ,b,fg'lJ'U 'to' look palt. :Jle s:tru9yl'ed' ·W r.£!)t1in his s,trell!JtIi {Ul;t ,aiJybo~y gruSrJlt]/ a /iola of t/i:e: ~nonIen,f Idud tfirew .rJ ,at lii:n:!:j' kIJ'ocliiR,9 ;tfie lone Ul'fio gUide offbalance.·· 1iey ,began 'fD ,c,(lst spells at;; ,eadi otJierl tlucttng alul d09!Jin9J 'till fina'lly a tIiOIl!)',fit be9du ,w crystaiw in r.IJ,J'II,'l\l;. .... ,..h,lj.e: 'nT'ind'

ift~ _ rlllJl~J,!ilI] L .1, .,.

9111 die Ii:isto'ty, of tfie O'T,re wlio g,[J,ides lie fia~d learne,a /rolf! Me Sorcer.er.; aU fie had s.e'en Qlut heard since firs a,m'Vi1,I~, Qlt fie k~1:e.",' 0/ tli!! o'ne who' ,9'liJes in hi5- mincl. .J-{, .9,u?ed ,at: tJil!'9f!i~de' hroJivingly. tJ1ie gUidtfdlunder

tfit. wt.~9fi,t of'suc1i tfiouglits, 5£ll!am:ing a:nd sq,u,[rrnbzg O'J tfie}lo,tJl·. rrhe btl H:le 'WltS to oe f:,

'lWfiel~e is fie? IJ 9fnybo,d»), ,l/eIJJtrndlr.d.

!( I caR ~t teU ::y,ou. » '1fie 9 rl'i:de pleaded wilh .9ln.ybody~ li]J,ut' 9fnyboJy be-n·t liis J1fill indYI tlie guide' ~gree;d to tUKt' Iil1J1. W,fierfvtl ht "wished 'to 90'.

fJ1i.t)' set. emf' in the' :mornir~1 jnst tfir?' two [of fli"~1." %e gUi,de s,aid tfiey JlIJt.re' going to l:J' CJty' no'nred' 151i w/ie'rt tlie master resitJ;ed. '11iey ,went fhrou_gh nlanY' s:tr;an9,e' ,pl{u:~e.s .lor tfi'n~e Jays lUJ;Hl they' 'f; ere stanidfng' ,at tlie' ,f_·dgt. ,of a pi,a:slu re, a mill' or (mo r1in tlie o.~fJier S',ide of ~J)liicli Jtolod a d:ty ~~utli a's anybody ,Gad neuer seen. 9rt,at to[~f~er5 rose up in'to tlie sliy al,m:os:t' out ,of sight: tJnti glisb.med witli 5 tone~ cletJ~· ,Q'Jd briUiJJll,t;

mit gut'de be.99t!id·, «:He; )vl'/J kill ,m ,L_.let ~"n~ , .. qo LUick nOJil'. J. ,91ny.bo.dy ,~g.ree(i nruJ marched' on ,ulon,fJ, lvitli;' cie,fermfnatit)n to faCie i;~'.fiat .befin"i lie. liluJjeareJ. witli:ml.l' seeing its g.ff)ry an.d po f1~fJ:

.:f(t ,ap,proachfll·tfie' ,cio/J b:llit as lie 11etn;e'd the fiv.ut gat2lie senSte-dl 'tlicmgh fie wns not 5U r't Ii~nv.~, ,fW'~c1Vel'-po.l'l;,er ,5~I.(:fi Q'S fif; nad nor' ~ver e.rpeJif,lf!cM.

jte cort/clnot t1.!ter. :Jl'e. step'I},ttl baci: ''f1iere JilfflS.fro 9 lIard at rlie !Jure so lie' tried lagain bl~t ithf fort.f' :J'VlIS too ,strn'TJg=(ie CG'uld not. paS's tlie o'p',en gate. 3fe became ,!l~IJQ're ~lio.·t.· no voites. ror~l{l he {ieard frOlrl wi'fliin :tli.e city-in fact not: l!!Jen ,U scuU'I'.d.

Jig ,ca.m:ped' by the city, G:Jl,d' :wt1iteci bld lie JtJi1.s .not $un~ l!Vfi.OJ he 'ihvnj:ted

fo'r. %t: sun 5lJ'J,rk. ,J--ie'!pl!.w sle£<PYJ so fie curled np tJ.nd drifted intO' a deep de£p.

:He' are{u1Jea,o/,{oTl!} and ttrri~ble ]!VCI.,rs, Ihat I'IJt1"l' ,bt.yt',l'u/ Ii'ts tomplr-efien"~ sion. .J{f!: sa w ·tfie tn' w.niR;9 of a ,liiJ:f!}. fB:~I.;t no ,fures ,cou-,ld he. ,see :wetl enough' L~ nC99'niu. J{e SIIIV a IJ'~Q'ssiue' oa.kfZ:71 &00'1 and' sensed SOlltetfiing fi(urib'ie ,befiirul it, and fie sa w' a sm'flil hOO'K w.j:t/i t!~g ralltd' lettif.!'f-:$ lie ("Oul(l not' nUI,cl. ~ef.l: h,e he'l1n:i tfie sm'nul of {i.o',r$t:s (it]'OV€5 j but alm;ost· at tlie sa:r.ru? lU(]'f,uen:( .l'e;a.iiu'd {fiey' HJ.f're T!,ot' ,l:~l fiis drt'Ul,u .

.Jfe spraFJ9 t.v filS feel' tuul il'~rnedj ana "liert. {ii'e' sal'~ a betl,!'l;tJjlli princeS's on ,Il ~wfi,ite liars,e' . .Just. 1(15 ti.e foil' ffie firs-t. twing',f' O/,flljoY'nI€lrt at so .ltlvely a. s.&Jfit~ ·hvo ia'Y',f!' j,Hen j'uln.pe,J' o~"t'frij!l,U tli:e' 1J',t,'ar:by bU5fies a'l((9r~'bbet1' ,fie horse. On£' :triea to !}'rtlh, tlie: lovely' poung Mlo'.m'an ,.

any,bo,(fy cnelJ ,olrt "nstin'ct]:r;ely . .1{is 5Cren~'i: 'foVnS slirillan:d imul. tTfie tw.\f} liri:f'n: stopped {Ieall :i:n their :tnu:Jis. tfliey dre~v s ~~,vrJs!, but 9fnybO'dy' l~ai5ed liis (ian,d and t'ne. SJ:V01US foll,iiO aie 9'roIH,I',d. :His (,rn,!),rfzr S l",etted up. :He was .so fi:ol: lie s,cnealn,e(l a!)'fiin ana tlie tw,!) ,nen burst into fll1 m:es (ur,({ ft11n. off iIi to tfie. ~oods. 'Ill.e b,€ttutiful ,lady fo.d,'e ba{R [11.10 lIie icity.

,!1uy.bocl)?- felt p.ra~i'"d:' {fiat: fit ha,ll been 50 fielpf!l.l~ }~et Ii;:e w,fslieid' t:lie ,lady fi:d(l .slopped and ~p',()ke~f Jvitfi' li:bll.

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:He Ql"I,Ce again tried Iv eJ'Jtel" the city bi'J'~: £fnl,ld not. 3ie' HitlS ~ry fr!15Ur1.'tltl; fi;e 5 ifghed' '(lTJ,d SQ't h'Q'lr;k, d:own a9'a~n., 7heJI: fie. tieanJ.' a VOili' cllllil:rg fro,ln JliilfibT. tfie c,ity 'wn;lIs. "ifn'tef an',d he MArlctJrn:e. mit, Jdaste:r is !lTQ tltful Jo,. ')1V!l: r se.rvice. :to liiln .. , :J{f, wislie:s :to r(w,ard ,SUCh rmlor. JO

,an.r,b~J{lr efiter~!l tlit c"ity; ,tliis :t,fme fie'felt 1J'D fon:e rep\diing (ibn,. ,3ie' '[vas greeted by a. pt1!J,e' ;wl1o ;~nok fiinr to' a !Illest /iD:us,e'. ,Stii1' {it!,' stn~ lor fiear:d 1fiO o~u~' i'l~ tlie' ,C'i~}':~ j,!'~$f: fii:rnsflj and the pf1!)'l.'. :J{e h\~tfie(J '(l~ld }1~5' ,bliD uglit, n£l'V ,dollies,. and ]llmS led lnm' a natt '~l1ufi' blazo,l:!} fb'd ,at. ,e;.'flif'f ,tnd. ~eft lie :waiteci!

rpre5en:tly~ the prinictS,$ ,fIJieJ'eci., Sfie ~s tlie ;nost beauJifnl w.[mt~ul: lie had' ,ever Sefl,h perlia:ps rJ10re beau~ifirl ,lilHl ,even ,tfie ,Sorceress. Slie tIi:a.nilt1 hilfJ: and sp()Jie of otJiet 'tlii,ngs, but lie beca nte nu-snlerl.ztld' hy thlf!: tOlU~ of fief voice., J1:e ~$\lFS ~ost, in lier :liVOrds, $~1J:i'nI1niFJg ,iilie' Due in tfie O''etU~r. heine tlruriea' by 1m ~s ,an'tJ.' €P~1~U!9 U,P fin' eir ,no Hl a.nd t1!}llin.,

Srulde..nl"y sfie'lo,PKea o~,. tier s/ioulder ,arul tfia/J{i'ed hill!. agauJ: QUO left, r:D1e ,fiM}n~ mas' siten t. ctfit})f1J'rJ r~{1 ,b,egl1l1 ItJ! nun bte" ,:.'tllybody ioolied' H,P Q'1uJ noticed ,ll: g~eat: If)aJif!Jl door: Sio:wiy tlit, dODI" ope1,rld' lfnd.'!il, fef1' a 50:urce of ['rn nf.en'se: po wet~ :JIJs witl was: cn~ nlb,li'rJg ulldel' ffit; IJr~5 ure" :Jle forced' fiiJnse-lj uTilii' ,ail' liis strength ttl sf'a]~Yl erect. rflllUU?5 filled :rlie rolom

as tnt: door (J!p,(med alta a beb'f9 "~n filnes Yfj'Jybo'Jy~ heigfi:t €J.rfend, ftll~

t: - 11:, . - ,.,~£ I:~ - -- ,'-,' rrl:',. , fi d' °w/i', are . u?~

:my Ule mO',m: WldllUS ptt5£~lCtt~ ~ l,~l,e' umc-e eCllOt_.j -, .. / '_,0 _-'~ ~,)'O. ,;

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'The ,mriet Ci1nM "gain, ,r,;;rno lwt be Jrigfittned' b)o mucJi" little'D'n'e'. You savell m:y IJile'Cf frolm, ,ones who' ~~~ndd nave field fi~rloJ' nllJ'$On", J :will j'~ot fiurl yell but, l' wiil,9,tfRt yon ill jaw,r" WliaJ '~wl)lfitJ' J~9U; fiaJJte'jnnn rue.' 'mat. y,oll: are of 'tlie gate:s ,of ~~~ ctty?' ~j

96ryb\od'}1 JMS q,rl'r:'te sure. flits 'mas lUll the time to as~ for ,tf bi'o9,ra~,Ii~~, so fie to,ld :the master. ~ J Ii'n,;e CorfQ:e 'to see ,greatness I to b'efio.J'J nso tfio;t ".fly lifo 'Woui{j fitH;e :r,n:eanr:n.9' ,even if'! siio,u,ld d'ie l'Dr :i:t, ,arJ'rd.' t/j'is .1 haw' drrJJue. I have san )J,'Ou,r gre{dneS5 tll1rd tli£:' beauty of tlie ,one. J helped ~ 'rtliis is rel'WHll eno',r~yfi. »

me' oot:r:e ru:rn:ble,d again, ~Surely I ,can j,raul' YD'n sonJ:(!,tlir.'ug., Wha" :wiJ:!'~ld YO'II' {le:sin?N

9frry,~~dy fMS 50~",u~'wnat mOJ1! 17ClclJ:t!,d:' $0 fie vnr{ll.rna ,(,I reqrl!e5t.. '·1 'wou,,{;d' a'sf{ :to :tn«e. a met1'.l ~1Jitli yVU'l' n~~t[e. I fia,[Jl,' r.revcr· s.een sucfi be,auly ,and' tne: pleas I'J'U ~flie.r l'OJtlpany' 'WOlllif be tfie 9rentt3;t gift iU Innn could de-

t]jie 'mJice' rO'll'r:-eli wit:li. f{ll~gfiter. t.'Xou1n (1' stnn~ge O'f,f,e', hJ~.t .I' ael££t there is po wtr in ',vu also. I Jivillg :rant.' ytutr 'l11l11sti, ll'lUJ u;e. liIJiJln'J,etl' ,agaiu if 1 ,am l!';O~! Jvr~ny, 1:ou li{nJe som,f' ,ollier purpt;:s.eJ ilo :YOi'1 not?~!

7:3

anybody pIt' fits e~'1}' 'thought ;WG:S being s-ttl Tclied " .1(e jocused Ii'is aitIJlti(Ul: on fhe pri'l'(~'esS:,. r{fie Ot1Rell. doo',r ,ciO'5:erl. ~nl.li 9(i1,~body ct),llap'jed 110 tlif floor,: :He m~,(15 very' stt'a'.fned.,

.1le n41S falifll to fiis guest .house an·J 'thetf fie r~rted till' tfie PQ!}'t relunlea' lnui {eel him ;~o a ,911 r,den wliere a n'l,e'ul fiad bt,eu iailj up:on Q :r_ahle, vru,d lie: ate u1u1 :ta:f/iJfri,and' l{n~!J{,;txl wi~1i :ffie 1,rinc€ss. Sfi:e' H'QS' lonely; ,50 s!i:e' l;pt1S :williug ~'o 'tulk'J b~d'li.new' nOfhil,t.9 of hel' 11.1l,C'ie. ,ucept tfiat ,afrer tier patents r~re kJlled fie liad ClHl!c1 for fier. Sfie S'U~1J fi'in~ 111:~~ei:}' and '~\\1a$ al'lVQY,'S ,afraid ~vfie:n slie tlr.d. '~e t'i~y fituJfoJilte.r lha.lf (J Ii untl nM pe.ople rn it==all 'fVel:f senm fits ;w the nr.asteJ: %e annie.s ~1~n~ 'to lfil' 'tVl.st in £1F.I'ollie,,' d~~1neS'5'tlJy£1'S wvuld .co~'ne. aJ:i'~J9,(' J h!r~,t. she' Jine1!l) notfiing' ol~I"iat. was !J"oir.!f} O'J~! rn the [4WJrlll annuld' fier. She hac$. JVi5her$ 1m. :yetlf.i' 'to ft'ave

,AC;,c. 'p. In .... i'} t: a'I" £:',P.'r ll:n£lf' 'l,n.f1lr!'I{',r.r n","'~' P' ,!':P:"i'iii'j',jjl. ,j,~,

ml~ ~!Il!ll-,",~ V,~-it~, "'~i. ~_' __ ._ )_ l~lVIJII_iIJ ~,I 1~I,U!ll, Il,-.~ ~'l!!ldllJ~, ~'~l.'

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9lnjiboliy' enjoytllli'fs 'visit auci slept '.veli ,that nrgfi,t J:,1: ,t! fi~ne bed. In tfie J1l;J,flliF!9 fil' liaci brealifast $it:"1Jeid' to fiinr: ,and theN U)Q$ 51'~nnJJroned' to die' masr;e,~, ,3fe Jil¥nf:' Qgl1,in :tlJ 'die great: hall: inn' tfiere fie M~aited Im:UI ;t/Te' lNGSter €l,pp:ftl:TtUJ tfi~,()u9fi' ~~6e Orak£J,[ cloer t1JTd sp:olie., #1 hOHt decided' tntlt. ~1!Jliat~r)f" m.iscliit.f'YOJl ell ,-ue tienl :';0 pe,rpr,el'y.I1';e, J mil Fnate :you ,d betur ~ffor; You ~~i:lt stay QJul. be' C01nptrny fiJ" ~n)' nreIC€. lint H}j'ii. be timllOra.ble or 1 snail' lorl:llrt; 'y,ou hqunul beUef N

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'The 1fulster ma',(le an iF)] age of d'ungctms witli .snaf..ts. j a1u,I' tlevices of p'atu [came i:nto £fJrybaJys ruind'. HSfie is lonely anti nee:ds friendship D'S YO'U1Jg u'o,ueJr. tanta' yo[uug 1J1,en do. 90[ TU)Wj I Ii:ave otfier m:atters tOt attel~d :to."

.9luyho,d}1 lllul'1.Tet:1 to fiis liouS[f' ,QJ'!,d' for ;tfie ne:rl: tfin;e willis f'Od[e' ,and l)layed ana laugli.:ed lo11.i,(6 tlie princes». It was by jar tfie b',e~~t' tin~e' ,0/ his lifoJ. but at~l!(Jys. o.~r. fi'rs rntfuJ MiaS tfie 'tasR' he ,had pnmltsed 'b' p'erfonn. :He HJ!l5 free to roalrJ f(ie dtyJ but ;liere WllS n:on}n.ere to !JO (UI'd' nOfliiil~g ,to discO-Vier a',bold' tfie l1-1:l1.ster. ,J{t' nms unsure jl15t what 'tfie nt.xt JJlJOve. w,ou,ld' be.

J.{Of>VlV£,r, in the ,course ,of a. co'rJ'vtr5'l1Ji'on 'that £Jienin!J'~ ,the ''PriJ1C£S5 said sfie '~}as so sIJrp1ri5ed fvhen s,fie htnf found tn:e .JW',usll:r W,ri:til~",q iff: a dilny. Slit told !J(';rybo'dYJ' Ilvho' was. listening qilili aneJl,tf~Jely ,nOlV; tliat tnt; ni:a5~ ter t;old ,hr." ,thaf lie k' le.PS n. CO:fn pie-te' reClJrd oj fits w6~le ,&fo 501 it nm'fJ,ld be recoT{ieJ for ni5 tiDry s sali.;e;.

91r.rybo[dy tlio.u9fit.'J' 11tTliis ,I~ In.)' chane to SZltcee4 ill lfl}' ell'dea'oor. 'tJ?05- sibiy J can f!SClll-le ~vi,1i the ,liary tnul' ,the p1.ri:n'l:[es$. '" So fii; set Ollt tlitl,t ll;~lil :to firv,d the dtary .

.1,(e wnlfi."t,(I" clown the ,10 n!l J TJaJ"ror~ s~tee,tJ ;,voruie.nng in :wliicfi buiUJ'i'l1fj il:l: :wh.i£Ii rov~n tlit., aitn., wa· liepi. .Jlis jed lnoved' slu f".ly and' c;arefil,lly along' tfie: ,cobblestone street .;J-ie' turned around and a~o.lltJd wOluleringj really ~1Jorul.eri.'n9',~ in 'wtiicfi h'uiidbrg t:lie seere: r~s hJ.'dderr.

75

:Jim to' tne ,g,n'll" /ia/J JVll$ a mQssi'I)f' ,stone: h'uiIJi:1l9 witli' ,lOll,9' ,caiu1RJ:ls ,dor~tlP.n ~tie front' 'HId D' ,do'or rig'fi,· fret (iigli. 9lj'JyboJy tliou:g/i" 'to' fil:l'J1.st.{fi '~'rs ,rr,I'tqht bee. tfie p{ll:c;e t:fie ,,?{ as,rer l.£JlI.1d P'iI:SS unat:r ,rfie d:OOl;, jj a"I'd p,frfiaps tlie' ,din,.·" :~ms 'willii",. ,.J{o~mJe" .%~yhlJJ'{ly C(J,I'J,lJ' l.M1t. apm :t/ie' /i'1fJ,e door: In farJJ fie,' l:'Ould' 1,j:Ot e'IJe,n r-.eucfi tfie fiandte"

So he w,lliliet/ ail ar:ouruf ,!'U:J'tit lie }l',oticed llial' fie could el.l'teT' tlie 61'li,ldiTJg ,by tli'mh,i"ffJ up tne ~iljf. and pastjiri,}J' in: a :wiruJo~v ,aiO'Ti!) tnt; 'top. qRij tooli.' ,q'uilt!' $Olne :tirne hut fie: 'im's 'utry d.€teuuined. 'Wl1:e:n fie fl:€1J:hM '(fie wi'u-, ,ain1,\l lie' sll(1 insfde 1M urte {ilie 0; CQ:t

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it JIJaS :w'ry lJ.a'rk.J. iant1Iie.' c,lndd' /iif;ar a {OIW stetuly n:!';"mm rom Ii umm'm:m: nUID,TlUJJ Rl fto~m: some:wliere in tlie' big b,I'J',i'ldi1.l!/. J{e slipped ,da wn to' tfie' floor an',d be;ga,n to explore, .but, fie tiea rJ jo r.nt'foO(fstep'sr---()Re,for ,eatn of

lii~'", ,j{e field lirs bi,rft1tii~ hl[f. 5.ruldenJy lie' to'Sot Ili$ grip ,an'd,' became frig.fit;., ened and 5Ien}~~ m:n1e,d' nllJU,uJ~, OP'llliJ'JY /its ,~ "!ide' as .fie ,coU'ld.

2-ft.' liVaS ~y liifnsetj., ,j(e; a,ta not 1i1!'OJV ""tia t t~, d'o; fie tiad lle!ACT Filla 'to foCi rip to himself 't/irs 'lA~ay. :Jfe' nail fQced ,rlp tD tfi:e ,9 uide ana ,tfie' ,g,~'ardian: tJf tfie'fo,fest b,u': now lie M;QS .besid'e fiinrseif'wLtfi fri9',ht !Nrd fie'

did T.I'Dt kllO!W' wlia:t to do .

.l'n5fi.uctiuely, lie Iii rust.' O'U( bi5 a Fur bu t ,fie O~JJl'l"J'efLdi.et1 hJtnSielf :J{e bega], tOlflaat :up as iflie "~{;!re. M~iglitl'es$. Jlt. ,loo'k.td d:OJilm: iat.' fi:i:nl5tl/ foil' ,u :mJoment" w1oude:rir'9 fi:oJlv fie had 90f~f£1l liisnselj in to such a: ,m:ess"

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!ifn:y,b,ociy W,tM' 11Un"t: c{1rrji15'l!tl tfitUl; (ie htul lever been iT! ~fie n4io,l€ l'lUI rse ,offill fils doings,,, at, ;tlial' J'nomen:t:' iflltryl/ii~n.9 in lhe mom i,tg,an llj.lfl(;tQ;~ die cli:airs~, :[fie ta'bfeJ ,e,v~IJ'IIi'i:u9.' .9fir.yh'fl,dy 1< la,s lo.sf. in, l1 sw,i.rl.~n9 ,CO'TJ='

glomen:ulrm Df o,bj'ecfS. $!~,d'den,ly fie' lO"DIi.e:d' side:wtl)'s at liiJ,[!'sdJ but then ,a '~~V,i:fUI. s:wept li'i.lJ'I. n:wny' (j~:wn ,a :tunnel. :He was alieall oj liilJ1Sl!;1/ DJul tlien ht, sr,r;r:P'Qssed himself UrJ,d' H~5 behind 1i:i:I~U'elf

!lil tlii5 'IlVQS ,drivi'19 fihr,l ql'~itl :!J1'SQlle 'Wfien~ at #iat '[)try mom:e;niJ lie' musl.' IitJve ,s,Prea'd fiinuelj too tJii'lI beca nse lie ,coul(ln'~t fi!1urt: ~!l.l:' f4l}ntm lii'm was 'the rea,l fj'i'l11., Jft. H)lQS all lover tlie.' place ~~yill,Ji~rf fie liJr)htd., 9fJjt{ J!I;o'tse' yet ,lie llVa.s. ,lr:u,liil19 from. tlle·ry,w/ierl',. ,JVo~ fie liad been nOJil,h,ere and' $[nUfj1VheJt h:uf lie NruJ' llf'lliT been everyr~liert u,ll ,at' mice., SO' fie beglJ'R tv flY' !€llld p'ull fii1r1s,df tog'etlier; lone by' ,one fie gf1t 'old of (iirusie/fi tlwul fie w,ould tioitllir:ms-elj bo;c/i so' fie a,td,! "t 90 'to' pieces ,a~~}'ain,.,

crtii$ wnole. episvae 'was' a .shafilrillj ,Oll'fotr .9lilJlhody. 3le 'wo~lia gra'h! liold lof fiJ:,nse!fi :tlien Ii~' r:Huid ,pi' fib~lSelf .si~p'pi1,~y QJ~iay ,ugl1:iJr. 'Cfin(Jlly~, ;tlie ]''Vi'ld' stoppce:d Idnd li11u' by litde fiie' ,collectEd ,(ii1ns,eq: ''13'l,t fie "~a,s quiJle $.ru~e 'that' fit J<1M:.sn: ~f ,ali tlienell 5'0 tie hegan ,to 100';' around., CUI',d Slife elllJughj fie

,found' himse.1f i'eartiug 6,!}"I.inst "(lie 00,(;1 in: la great. tiall., :J-le,!)tlfJ£' ,himself !€I pal:' OIJ tfie bad Q'S Ii:ft, G'Sked fiisJ1sJtif, ,(,f JidHV ,aid I go all.' "iO Pi,teuS $O? u

'To Ii'is S'rn~pri~e lif! aj'i'si~vireJ ,l1ir.nselfi "9t:nybo/yl' Jlul 'think l'io:w' Inany 0/ YO'f~' the.re are iusj;de y.ou t'(J .becln~ut.; ;tliis :is tlif teu'l.p,lf! w'/ien' Ofj'ie' teams ;to

fi,ullir:m~e,lf. ~. ,t{n.yb,p(ly mll S (J 1;J,lte' pien's,et;l to' ar;$,co1ver 't:ha;f.' tQ,lkiRg' 'to liim:,Seif.crnl,ld' b,f' ,so e{Jl~ca:tiontl'l. ,a,~ last fie cliec"ea to' rnl1lie: s rn"t tie: 'w,a s ,all rfitre ,and began again ';0 sftln:fi Jor ,lie ,diary~ Xe Jiven:t' b,t!t:/i l1'ps:tai,rs lt~i flit; IrJpen wlruio:w {l;FUJ' .b,~glJ'tl. ";0 dl.m b ou:t, anti .. ~lip'petL

,9lnyb\O~y lifte1d' Iii r.rJ$CIf' {Jf/ tli:e sJre.ef:. J{f. mal)f(i on te "he next lifi:.f!ly b',11. rldin9' ;anti wen~' :ro t~'l:f:ll' but' could not ,~{t 'riea '(:0 pass .i:'n tfie ,d'oor~ but fie' btcanJ£' frozen 'l~vHIi f~9fi,t,'i trap'pc:(J in ,an l:1np1ossihte ,UdfJ',uiity; Witli' I'~ tier d;aritf /i:e reai:iz(!til {fi,i:$. r~,a s nr.o'r.-e tn'an just a b,ew'iitJeriug '(6',r['=

fro.nt:~t1tion., ,U liM'S ,ll ,d'~p.n~:S5;iJ,rg ren,liz,a;ti:on. :J{e. W;1l5 ~lot ,ell.t~l"i'n9' a' lloo'.r bUJ;falHng Joum~ fie:ad oller fieels~ l)ptSl'iny UTJld' t.l,rnb-tt,1 d~)v"J ,J:ee<I-Jer ,(JJul dupeJ~~ flJi1ir,tfJ (nul fa lling' i.'n~o wliat fie ,lid ~l.O,t linow. UntiL. spi"u's(i, lift ~lm5 iJru~er.sed' in very ctwlJ l+val~r.

:He pulletl /i'tmself out ~lli"fiat apl,eart,d to' be a ,large; P()~ut 9(£ fie ,era wiec111.p on tlit. r:Dclis li.e became a W,'{lre Dj tfi:e' s(JlrnuJ of La l1gfi '£'f; Jie t),i.r:neJ. anei :tliere 'wen' ~,o inyste.ndJlu: men! ,dres-seli li:'fie. :wiznr.dj J. ,ro:tIr~ lU9 'wUn luu!J'titer anti slupptl19 earti ,other on the back. Su,dcieni:y nne of them: became very' seri:f)u.s tnul. p,£;f.'Tt,d' at .9[nybody iJ'i'rect:'ly. tl'&p!luin yo:rJ'I:5clfi y the fi~'r5if.' wim rd' J;enulll:fled. rrhe S'8C'ond :wimllila. r'9fir!tJ ,CiJtli' fiarder,

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ne fiT5t nZzn',;d' £tnJtinuea} 'r<'IlWli(lt st·op's YOH?I. :Jlis' 1);orce 'I~VlJ$ low and inq,uiriJlg. V{lJyhody tli'ou!Jlit: Ib'is W,d'S !a. l'nOSt i1'UU51U1i q'r.re5rtonJ but.' be-

fore (it. ir,OlUld f1epiy tfie. S-tCOfUJ wizanl a'fsdl becanr,e se.rious and .iJiterject£J'~ ·O;1lit1SlJns_p. reassn« stop lii:m. 'Reason .5tD'pS filII! /rO,i,r.[ tnik.ing land ~'fiill'k;ing and 51l.1.ilil:1.9 au,~{ !or!Jli:-

'fing tllIul f(J!r!}'~lJin9' lI.J1',J Irr fn"f~, fl'QS,On 5 mps liiJJ! pe-, rio'll ... ''B,uth' JllJizr:u,:,/s aglJin

roo. red wlm .la,u!J"iter.

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sltly /i'e ,m:ust fia [Ie lOOked frIlling O~;! rOf :t.lie sfiy r,'n to tfiei.r pon.d :fo :t.HiO such lirise

oll:d IJJ en. .1 t i~vas re,aU,' ;(1 rn O:Vlll~ ,t!'IP erier,"ce . :Jie tu.nuNI luu:k ~:o. trprrJl~9iZtJ. as tnlY pali te perSO'I,I' lvou.id !In,del' Slte,1i cjf,(]l,rf.l'stlulCes, and :t.o fib' surprise tfiert was only' oll,e' w.i:za,.d an,d rrturt' 'wry' ,fa lYe lnirrori :wfiicfi seemed ta he folio'win~9 ,any~'

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b~dy a.rOU~UlJ' Jllliieltiutf fie. rf,U)Vld. qlie' J"t,lli'aiI~'r:U5l' J,1rmn,:d iOlolil!d' nUllRitJ!lfo1ly' ,at anyhlo,dy Q:nd Q'slie,d' nJufi all S:incerio/J «J{o'w ,do tlilUjS loolt I_o ynl1.?'"'

,mit:' 'whole sihi,ation :W{lS becom:in!}' ,quil"e rlnplt'ltsa,nt . .9ln}"b,oay /tit it. 'l~tlS h'£iter no,( :fIo ,let ft sfiow~ but, i~' alJiIIfl.Ys s',e'e1J',}ed to' be ,ri!Jfit there in fmil,i:t ;of Ii:i:nr: ~vliel7-ever fi,e' HAould look; lJ1ie ~nore nervous fie beculne' :rI'ie ~nQ'll' lfie :rnr.'rmr w.'Ould la[~gfiJ urdil tie: ru,ticed ~'t. 'I~M,sn"t a ',tJr.rro,r after ail. It 'fMas flit! otfie.r 'wiznntJ 'wh\o nad :t1ie n~osl' cOli~cen~edjl 'J,Mnn expression on' fib; Inee. ,vJ;V:1iy are ,DU fiert.?'» fie; Q'sRed' ("OU rl;e'Cu'I'sly,

rrhe !other ~",iza,rd 'rRterrup,tetl before !4r.ryh'Ocdy (jo~,dd' anSHIfJ: 'f']1i,ere are nfUJOfJSJ YO'J'!' ~J~OlVj reasons, n '11iey bcdfi' ,lal'g6.eJ ngai'J an:d s{app'e'd ,each ,otht!f ,on 'llie hluc/i.

~,bo~y thoughl.' ,Perliaps fie litnf bett_e,r ltave. :Jle as£f-a the f~ out~ but nei:tfi:er Jivizn:nl ,an5w,e"~(t.. erfi~ ju.st. hl,riiif'ci to f(j,eli olJi~T ,antllaoli_tii btliC:K cU' DrnybC)dy Ivitn' disp{e,asu rle'" rtfi:f!,' first wi21u-a :~'Oofi 9f~:rrbo:Jy ,by ,tfie lionel" ~JV,CI ~ lUi ~ :}JDU can' !l' leave ye,t~ rU'I1J ,Clll,r 'you? You niUSt.~ ,usR.'for 'llie Ii€(p 'you luted fir:stJ h o't 'u~t: yet ... "Fl'rs;t :we :wisli tOi s(ia re r~Wl :~O~~ n: 5 t_o ry+ .OJ

rnlo/ tOOK ,a,~ody) 'wnD be.gnuJg.i:rrgly ,,!},ned ';1.1 listen: nlio/st/:y ~,rd' {}ffear~ and t(,q' p,laeed' ,~itn. i;u a chai.r {u'u:ilillruletj' fi:iim ,(I; bo'Oli.. cthey '1Af1)' sin= €:,ereiy to,ld' lilm, tIi~t triis' 'WillS tfie buo/i of tiUJe. crlie',first, 'wWlrll ,~ai{J Jvliile lie tiela' it lit; MJ'o:uld ,can'stan,tly hea'r :tlie wi:rrds of tirrre U1J.d:' cfialrge" 9lj1Y'"

bady h~canu~ a ~~lire of tfie SOlU1[d of rus!i,ing 'wiud~fi'o.oO\OOo.'OSSS51i1i1iflfilifili'I' sho,(J01)ooosssslilifililifiIiJi.

'11te' SO'II}]d' came frou! fits lother 5idt~lie second 'wizDrd' JiI~a5 nea r:lry: ' OL, 9'tltfier nOli' • • • Sfiom}t)o(Jf)sssslililililififiliJ• 5IiOOOf.M)OOO(us~sfifififihfihfi", qfie hlizn:r:-d.s c;on:finueJ to[ ~'lalie tnr; so~tnd o/,tfie winds ~I time (l,fuf cfial~9'e'.

r(fie seco.~ld HJiznn:l:s Jact! "laS .a.fmtl.sl bleatific~ eyc.s rr,to(ist, and' unfor:1l5eJ. !Only' laser diJ' ,00rryb!O,to/ rtQ[Erze that' tlie first r~izard fiiUI been 5,p,uJfiil:'!J in fitl\ odie,,.. le'ar; D(ftd tfinni9h flii's r,l1'sliill!) to.'l~rellt {If 50ft.nd lie first: neanl' one "~iz:anl in O't.lt' ear Stl}'j ·-,tVier,e ~s nOj ~luA to talf{ and no. need ;(0 nf.ove. '" 11 1ir~le in tlie odier tar fi't., [continuMto fiear tlie' SOlUlds lof the IvilJ'as. t)! tiRie (1lt.(1 clianye. 'rrneJ", t'lity, 'j)vJJuid rt1JtTSe [and ,:fie 'IIViJuis [of'rime ,and cfi.ange rN(JzdJ rush in ;r/i:e [other !~ar .. aful in tlie o1h,er ear lit, liearllj ~~:CJlitre is nOI need to li'Sten an{J. no ne'eJ to fi:m r bleed use no w i.t i's. tinu~' tD filUI a JJU!lUlOry jro[,m !f! ,long :rirlle ag[(J. N

J\(OIJ'v'torrents of m:enJories ficodeld' h:ilfr, T}VIa's/iiIT9 [Ufh1Jlay J;Vftl~:9lJ'a1tJttJ5e~ erers. ~ut.' 'flie ;!}oi« clonfiJn~ed in the. ,ottier [ear., 'Nrrfi.en~~ ,no ne,ea to re .. , menlher~,n~ a bOling 'fnsk to' rerr! ember tlnytliiJij I sliooeoooI(Js.ssslilifififilififi J. ShOlJf}O'Ooos.:sssfitifililififili.··

~ld 5uddenJ:y.lie (l,VllS jin,rshe,d' before Ii:e had fVtJl started'. J{e 5,tood thf't't fat:i1!!J t1ie tl'1l',O ~viunisJ J!vlio were l£n19/i,ill9 ti1.J,d slapping [e:ach ortlier ,OR die b{u::~ r.n an' I'~ rrC01,ltroilQ'ble. frls(iion. anyb.o.dy snov/i.' his fielU/ 'in dear

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i:t~, b1lt.' fie seemed to' be lit')' Idr,rrr\~SY ,ana fioJj,(1sieep nuti filllf nwaJ£e !flna 'Vi~y ~"nsure of 'wtiicli was Ilvnicli ~

Jle IJJpened his ,eyes (lll:d tfie. J1ifjra,rd who 'r,WlS fociFrg hir.rJ' said, .. 11 (H11~ !;e:ry' StJf,'J~ for ntis.t,-;ea'Hng yor,r so, '''Perfi:~ps 'J1~e l~Aere a h:it hard on' rou. ~, ~h£' J!lliUlF.d' exl_eNded' fiis .fiand [IZ fri:el1.dsliip'", .9f,rybody ,uacfi:',;'d jor ft UfJfonilHj:(al~" q'fi,e' next' tfiilJg fie Mfi1S' a:wa n' of trlras p,t;c~iJ19 {i,hu5 (!,q' UP' off t/i\r sl"reet; fi.fs t.lo:tn'es 'were ,a'll and ,tfie $,I1'U JiIit1$ cotni"i9 It.,p.,

,,_'Jle ha',d losE hours {unl' fi£' liu'd no i€J.~'U M,fiert: to look :fn find th:e,u '" .ne 0'1,1'0/ go:" fi'alfwllY li,p'J ho'w,ever. befo're (ie rea.lized "htd' fi,ft, had bcecn i'ying o'n ,a large booli.~ 'witJi an iJ"J$cription on tfi::e' outs,ide liitJJ could' nol' be' read. "f~Ii,e' c/ia I}'.. hen.) (lit; I jin,d ,,'tf';' Jfe .9 rabbeld' it lUlU r:an btlCk 'to Ii is gill'st' liouse.

:lfe placked fits thing.5 and p,tul5ed' oni;y ifn ,d:ebatl! M,(idhef to' (i,r,de the book or ql;irtfi~~' try to .nun it' back to :tlilt' sorraeT ancl. SQirCeJlSS. 'Ihen' fie. 5~ropped all t:'09'etfier ali',J curio'siJy '&'~g(lJf to ,gna,)1} Q t fi.l.nr. ,J{e' aSked~, ftq:vliat :was 'wn:tteu in tnt;) booR? M J~{~' ,det:i~led' fie shouil/ read U {Hul make 51" 7l' it: liM'S the ,ri91i;~' ho,okJ ,e'IJeI1' ;t/io.!'lg'fj ,ft:; was tlie,' ,f)n~}J o'ne .left

3t(e fl~rned to :!Ii~ first pf1!}t, and tfi.(J.1~91i lie conti.nlral~p.' bli~rlielJ fial"tlJ, a Jt1'!}'e' liand f'tU'dled riOJit:, Dl;f:~; of tlieJiIst pllge flJU(gftl.b,be,d him by :'he col.ta.r ,and dr119!}'led tiiJ,rJ, ,back into ,the bo\()k.

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fJ1i.is may soun.d SOJJ1€Jivhtlt s:trllng"?,' ;fio }~OHj but 'this 'mas Q S'lomewfiai stnu~9,e hooli,. 9lnybod}~ cauldn 'l believe ,it eitfiel~, ;:{l'l}JM'U!'J the plfrSOtr (J'I:1 'ilie eJ'l',d of:tlie nalld W'US ,WJY large. :Jle 1(J(J~ed drown rat ," nyhadyl :wfio M1US wutrli~'n~J l;i1n~ {Hrd in"quifie'd~ "So yon' HJtUlt to lmm sometliin!}'J dtO ,'o.u?jj,

" ,uybody MM,s q'uitt terrifted at tfiis and fie (Jsslln~Jd tfie pIe rs 0' ,I: tfiat lie J'lcE not'mani!'lJJ,ytfi:'i:ug, «r:(his wliole :tfit'ng is just a~ ,[viJ:u::iderfire .. Ian acci.dent! ~ !AJ'ryboJy i'nsisted.,

''The' gitn1.t fi9 ure lelnu!a over" fifm £l,nd deinrul'Sly 5 ,f_u ted J. ,~, ,fi~U).IM'J ,,:fi.is is ea1-tfi wincidelu;'e co,nll'o.l ,rent;e~: !f"J :Mlhat alledy' ,dO'lI'it }'OU 7, ,ant to ieltlrn?li

.!IlN'y,bod)j rl1sJsled ,tfia't fie (ltd" ',' wtJ'nl: In tea m a nytli:'rrlg £l7cept.: how to gel' out of tfie boo,K., etfie/ig,!'l re orrEy repli;fdJi "l £n;~Hv, and so YDU mrllst go over tli£'1"e' alta ,e"lpzy that' pail'. ~ qhe ft!JUr,f pOi'ntrd ~v ruiiuy,e bucket near 9fnybody:

a'nyhordy lapp M,achrcrl tfie b!lC~d' ,and IOt),fi.e:d in bn" fnere was notfiin.9 In tfie b.ru:liet..~ ,UJu-l be:€lltJ~e. very con:fi'lsffl. and'lii'S heacl be!}',un 'to spin '-tying to ftg.ur:e oUif wu,ut :tfiis Jne.ani" j{e ioolieclzf'p to say' :rfiere ~ as .notfiifrg in tfi'e bnt:fiel.' but tli~t-e roWls no one in tfie rO\t.l~lij j~~$t ,liJm.~ ,i,n his l'Ol(}1R wuli Q, clo,sed b""o.Ii. ,',

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l1'fnlf' ~eemetl 'to stnru:l s,fi,ll. mie nart' 'tlifFJ!)' lie heard liiJaS ,fie Sorcerers wi£:e'" ". '. ",gap'$ ~'~~ your e:Jptrienitit! . '" . {uul.' rttJ!flnbcer nN!1l ;fiat tod:ay~ "r5 j rms ye-sterday~ 'JiI!ill be' at ',tie .same' tiJ,Dle tfial' it' will' be' touw',rrow<~ ... ~'

f.J11.f.i:t 'W,LlS liP; dierefore. 'I't was fiig'ii time ,tfiat ;;rnybDdy hes,tI'rrtd fir.mse£f jro111 the ",mcn't ,p'ost' nU!J1:wnts. Ill' 11'0 tj,ne, lie siip'pe(J ~'ntn lI,n: nlley tnoJ ,led lir.m Iv ,a p,oint'to l/ie door. ,0'0,00.1"5. :lie Icontinued' OJ1: fiis way dOfMl 'me s~-ut~ p\Qll~ir~9 w cattJi. fiis breath. 'N]' mn'st c-ont:irns,cj r~' fie tfiougfi:t· to liim$elf

:lie p'usfitd (lin: :ro tlie. ",tel't IUielr site" :Jte' wtI~~t Upi ,by tfie' step'piRg sto'J1itS i1enr 'tfie !d~o',fI and tfier.e (Ul: 'Me door ttJ{lS a .si9'li tfiat rflulj ff'OipeIJ:i.l~9 tJiis door is a. If,nnJirt9 expeli'en.c,e'. n !{Ilybii,dy lie5:ftafld'. :He. wisJied to' fi~nd :tJie .:'~:~~'ry-~ . ·~I,·:t 'l.nn.~ 'ill'l;, If~~ ~'U~~ly' f~ ~~H~\I';!'~ II·liD a:':~'~,I1'li~'. ro,zit' fiefi~.lioiw.t!d tlit' sfep-~~

tf.!'!Il, . V! ""F •• b.ll' ;till, ,'Ii;!' ri.1P,1!' . ',!IiI' ;l'n~"",1 L.I"" __ (Jol' __ .lJ:.·.u___ _ _ _ __ _ _ _ _ . _ . _

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pi ',is stones iJr" a"f,d' lIS fie d:t,d fi:e tn;ou!Jlit ·tv litmset_t Mr(fiis is a: ,c'Yb~9

5fltlJ~l:e,,, J Ii:aue. no ldea w.here to' toolf. J' ~lhi.l' tfi!Oft.91i ·tfie ·tears lie ,received an iHrSlv.e:r.

"Lao/{ in tlie dtu.!p fr£fZU~'M ,.:7fny,body j'll.l.rJ.,ed' bact.. :He HJ.tiS' gtffir1!J qu.~'te. U'nl~f!rot'll. by' ail ;thij. ,.1lt :went (l~J:lm a' fl~9fi,t of s:tllirs and on #'ie' foir~ rlfi S,rep aOiWJJ fi~ too'RJligfit. 'M,On lr£)~, not. ~;;9ail~. II J{e 'thfJl'f).fit baicfi to .fiis sliat~ :'ifti'J!I e.:rpen,f'RCt b1efo.rt:, ,:Jle ~vaS' q'lll'te relli'eved "iO fl.'lui tfiat lie field ,0ill1.se.flto9,elfier to'!!!}' enollgh;' to reach tfie ,M,t;tom uf die stai'¥,;5. ,rpt(1cing fits foot on tlie floor fie ,(ie;a.ni' 0; loud sc.relUI1.. fiThaaaaaaaa'tUlJ. 'Yfiaa,{1Jl(1{1aatUlaa i"

,9I1ryblDdy jll m:,r)(t,d' willi S fJ ~l' rise, tt~e ca'r.efi#J~, 0 a uor'ce scolded /if""'.,

"'Of'~!J1,fiat?1I' fit: Jruis-ted. Jfe was' ,rtot,gO!,[R,9 to be p,l'l'slied' anJll:1JJ' so easto/ tliis time.

,yqf'sore Splots~ n ~lie 'lAOicc p'[frsisted.

anybody ,did nolkllO}V wfiut ,to :tfil'~~1i (Jf:tfii5.~ SiO fie igJtored ,tlie OO~i:Cl and welrf [o.n Iii's '~~ll\p'y~ J{e reacht;rJ a door. Dr sign lif~rw. ~,laillly on 't/i;e' [d'oor that r~1l1J ~o:o,l's 1EntTtance. ~. Yfr?~(J(ly hesitated for a maltJient ar,rJ.' 'tJinf,~ s WIll: l~Hv,ir~g firs p,rtae (wfiicfi by the ~ay ,l,t'll ,get stucfi in fiis cn:nv) ~ lit: M;rfut in ,Qua tried' 'to !Jet: h'tJ'CR O'Ll t but fie cOlr:ltl ftn',d' ,rw 'way to ,get a h,andt£, Dn tfie €lm:)t;, It just disappetlrt{l",

:He' lvas,jloalin'!J in a, /ia.'Z}' ~n'i:st. J-{e would 9lel' ~ giim:,pst ofrel :WDg'yin,9 RlR9,[!,f' lnld hear ;inltann!J 'wonds; t/i:'e w.hole tfi'ing in fuct ~,a.s a. wry bi'tter ,exp\f'nence., ,:J-te ~an. i:r.tto a q,I'J,e;stioRing bmrt~ who' d:emandeJ' to know' Ii()~~' tie lind tOlst /nceJ' bUf' :;rio/btl(~y couid' be of no a$si~,t_Qlice . .9firybo'dy ,decided :tfiaf:' norlliiJfj of aJ1)~ ]:lalue roi,r~Jd' he k._epf.' ill' ,tlir$. rO(J'JnJ 50' fie dtfddea he :woul,1 start frOUl 5cr-aftli be,rau'se 1.IlrlJbOr~fy tu(nv,;s fi:ow ,JUU?1 billl'id,fngs the d~·ary :migfrt be in. Jfe saw' ,onip' OJU!' .stl'lt.nb,lil~9 ,block hetJVeelJ, himself and thewilul,o:w .. 1k idlf:uhed' OilIer it, IIp(J.l~gizin9' as lie did 50.

:He g.ra5J1t:1a llilft' J,vlluloH) s,tli a rrd :to fiis dismay' his head sta,ned ,to L9 l'lnrn . ,,(J f:l;- ~'~ , ' b ",wc::·.t'i""f'ZY,- - 11"1' 1"0(1' '~,£i'II~-: -rg.' , L;,f.. ":f1'1 rtl'll~ 'd}"u' :"'!.: JIB'': m)" 'fl' "J,ltg,' er !"11l 'liVlia~~'

J1L€ ,v\t:~,;lIlln[; VLJ!tI (,a~_ . Jill)!;. IJI}IVU i!'~~,I' ,I, ",",!lF~d _.;I'~ !iii!!:, , __ , __, !l!,_

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is Iluliiiny ,ull this happen perhup's l' to'r~,ld get 'T.~:y fit,ad 5,qlt.a rely O'n my

5fio~dil,ers" n WUn ~liis fie st:~P1Jt(1 on (ul'otfi~',. sort: 5p,Oi a rr;ci ,b,eg(nr. to' sp'lmf: ObSl:,fnitiie:s" a fow jiet.fi'n!) mOn1.el,i'ts "as.s!!,":l .by;.. and if all tfi~~ H~~n~! no" enollgfi'~ :tliorus iJ:~: his sicle .mul$.e ~Julffe.rs ,evr~,r. 'worse" 9I,ryh',f)(l.y was certainly .(,eniJrg fiie wlio.l,e' tfif.'~~!l jet' '~vay Old !of ha,uJ~, ,so he sCfapelJ Iii n.i,L9ielJtogetfier a ne! ~li,d m-t.l,of tfie rc1!'fnaOHJ l'nt"o ,flie sl'reert.

t7. , t.~} ·fl', .J -, " a., "1)1: n ,£c:- '-'-'~- ~,--,~ c~,o?', ,jlCi'II'. !lJ'ti~,j:,f' ''''''I!VJ~l~'.;ilid nl~IJj'll.(1 fiifli'

.;..':Jny.uo{Jllj J-e" £I I.nvn Wf.Ln u. IJuunp !~;IInn n~~, ~ll'll)'iI!i:;J.II;J! 0;,. , "dl!;< _ ", I!.i'~ __ . __ ,_'.'" '_'.

:lie consid,eretJ' Ii(Ji~1J e~'!'~y it.' J,iAQu/.li bt, to i~ljt plUS ,oulJ. but ,fi'e urgency o/' Ii."J - '-~s~ ~I[):- - Re -~~: hi''']' lJ:}'J(1ke slo r~llJ fie o~~eJ'!ed hi.s ~~, rose :to Ilis '~fl:

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an d' :111 spite tlf the;./ad ,tlla:t fiis lii'luJ '~M.s stills Hri.'m mi"9'j fie moved' cau~ florIst)' {iOHm tfi:e slreet ~ft;er sarJ.j,c jr.1'I:,i:tie:ss e:;rpio',rin!} J he co me Iv lIno:rlier fi;i!Jfi hU:i,lditlg, blJt Mis onle fi.acl ,a .sign on tfie friJnt of,i:'~ that sar:ciJ !~:J-{ldl of~ecord$" J~' 9f~lj}botl))' JVtl5 lalie", by tfi is 1 a's lie had Tj',ever lie'Urd a si!},1l: :tJ!l/i. .1{~lweverJ «fter /i'is. iJl,i:ti'al $fi{JCk~ fie ,f'nterl!ci. ft9~l:riJ~!} ,if' fie ctJ'uldn ~t flrul tli~e.' diary D t teas~; he ,could leam sometfii'n!}, the Sorceress ,("(JJ'u{tl u'st?

(v dife'!ul tfie JTMJlnTtain, .

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rnDrJt from wall to waUl- vtllurne to v.o.lu m:eJ reinlin!! eac:ii fide' in SljCCeS~ si-ou. jlq'/i:e '71a~(tle lof 13rltrft j U ~arly ~rnpt:rors j n «rf:a.~Jl ily ~tRtfi5. n'

Su,d'denly ,!ill}iho,d,,:s eyes darted across tlie room lnul ltuuled on ,(1 ieatfitf"bomul voilune' {o.id squfl'at_e ftOl'R (lie rest enlitledJ NCpartiC!liaf'5'. "'.' "!1ffilifiJ n' 9fny.60 dy' stlid to fi.'irllse{fi feeling a .b.lit 'trlumlllitJllt ~tq'lil~ m,ll ',f be info'rRit1,rion of .9'1!li.t sigllijiCiJ:rue,. n

~omulrn9 an~ss lli'f' nJ()JU lie ca f{qli~' up Jl'it:h' tfie ho.,oR. an. ,I o,peneci. i;r. 10 tlieJi rst P(191" • 1:t H,ras j of course, bl:a71k,. ,:lie ~urned to tlie Se:C0'I1J page tUI',d' it' 1~"f.5' blaJ'I(i.er :tnan ,tfie .firs":, JIe. ;t'tu'ne,d' each 5i'lc:cee,J~'n!)' page 'willi' ,j'J defper and' deeper sense ,of dis<uJ'pl9in,huenJC as eacfi :page Wil s ag,oin ll'nd again ilItHiR, tFb1UUy' in aesper-alion he sr.reOJllt!lt ~;f)1iere. ,are :rlie ,~Jar,:' l . -?'I'"

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1Expectin:g O'1J ry' tlie echo lof fiis OJ.1n v;arce, you ("tUI ,lI7u19i'ne /i,O'fit s urpl'ise'd 9/Jl'yhcu/y /elr' wnen a 'lloOlce a,n,Swtretl, 'flJ.Vliy~ ~IJf are till annuul YGUT II

$iryboJ.y lliel n',ot u1J.,aersla nd all ihis 1 SD fie aroded It J¥US tirue tOI tak.e tfie bv,ok {!luI the' rp,ri'lces {ll~id retun: tOI tli:e' Rl01111tlJi.l1 and tfie Lad.,~ 3ft tfl.ck.td tnt: €Ji:ary Iln:der fiis jiiirl: and JiI'C/lt: to. tfie tp'rinctss. anybi',~y "€JIll her of (i,ts miss.ion and she agreed ;to tun a vay ,1,fth fiilu, ,but w/i,en 'tliey n~arfietl the walls ,olflie:"i'fy), sold.iers wtn~ everywli ~Tiej' /'(JI.r m fits and l'niies, lUJth'i,l1g blJt srm tcs up,on armies.

a sma'll !)'mr!p ,of offi:cers 'was just ,bel~HIV 5lJ,r:ybOlj.y an,d lie overlieani 'flifln. :liIilii'lf' 'Itiey owrl~ofie{J fiiln" ~e HijJI CrlJ!3Ji tJie wi:ounlaiJJ and :tne.' Sorceress ,~:'n tliree' (J,ay5,~ I $,uy, none' 5'loiditr ,b,otls'ied., anet:her ,rt:t'O'm'd~ "'.:J{(lli ,do it fn tlVO do:ys'J 1 ,~a)}. g,ul' we JlIJon ~t el~n fin ue tOi lift tJ finger. ~ q'liey' aU ,lall:gli(!c/ an:d 'tat'~d ,oj IQ!rlufe tu,d to'(J'i:ng' of tfi:e ,nounta'in.

9lny,b,ociy fiJU~W' tile ,end HJ,as }lear; Since he dr'a n'et liu,f)t ti:rlU?" lie was s-tj'U ,burl{ on ,tfie: moun:tninJ. fi"£ w,oulJ' nave 'to act, !iUf. wna:t could fie do, iai_o,r~e l1gaJ,nst.' the ,Jv[ tls:ter ,und' tlie Rfi!}tity Q,nnies? :J{e was alone :iivitfi j~is;t tfie tprj,ncess J 'wno Hrns looking u:t Me arrrd'es DJlil ]w,nderi1J9 wfiQ,t til€}'

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$ueJd'eu',ry' {Hid une;,rpecrer#y fie. lieunJ a. ,9 n~ut wa,tt conle UIJ' fro',fn: tfit €tn~' 'ter of:tfie casde. It shook' tlie,gTO'U.nd 50 liard tfiat ,an.uies foIl 'tD tfie,ir finee;s

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. YW:fien I~ nzy diary? ,tlflfiu't thief ,/ituJ alfilcd ln,p' ttityJ nry priuucy, :m.y ,diary? 'D'ESfr{:J{''To ~BOnl~Wj{Oi IS lJil)O~1JE~l»

miis qUite Cl'J'fJ'c-entle.a a~1yhoty~ wfio tfiou!Jlit 'that for s~t.rt fie litl'id bee« (lis~, ,COi1Jen!lS. iIJI,ut fie hiLa aiu{l:;;l"r nUlde rip firs Jll r.l1:(J; fit WDulJ tialAt to foce' -,:(ie ,:l(us,ter afJy'~lJQy' ,or tfie; mo'untairl HmrJ:ld be Lostj tl1J',a it 'wl)uld be too ,(iartl for firm to' lose ,(1 ~nO\rur:taJI,r:,

Jie dren} fiJ.IJlse!j up. iW601 srre,anl:~ 10f' ,anybody- SfRurRS /01' in£'~, ',j .::::fnyh1ody replied in a ,lo!uJ' Mice,. ,vrI1yh(J,~y 1i'(l.J;I:d(uJ flit, diary to' tJie' tp'ri~u:ess and wid .fie,f' 'dia" ,she JiVQS tOI try ";0 bring it to tlie .£a:dy ~f ,t:fie m,QU1J tain,~, if slie. could dlo it ,ffr Hlne .

.Jle lmt.rued jnnu fier and ',mlieJ O,i'~ r. into tfie plaza Q",t :tlie :r,nla'rn 9,ate,,, %ert stot),d ,the Jrfasilf of the l1n1Uunvn, lia~rf,d .bll.ndl1g· in his. n:ellJ1'~ s.~·eel ,g!eam:fn!l in (irs eye5~ dellth J/iJritt;elJ allof)fr fiis./llce,,,

'~So s YD I'~ lnl! IQ little' spy (ilJJd' a: th'i'ef? U ,tfie: M,aster betloJ1Je4.

"Can yon raise Y;Olff voice a~~otherfrJff(lU ,9U7,luuly req,fJ'Cs,tid !quh:J€l,}: iTfii:s lln.baliuu:e,d Itfie :Mastel; nJ/it) Oilly e:fptc;ftd 'to ,cfTlsli flJ1 al,l~t.

mwlie'Te is itll• tlie .?.taste.r IdenulluJed. J-£is eyes l,oflred over alryl:uJ;dy~ umo stoG'l1 w,atruru.9 h i.m~ ..

nril'l'ubv·, ,,1,(1 l.1t$'il .... · ' .. ....,.aJ,...'fo·,'.~ .Jd'.i'J1,f't;' ~~ iui'"d;: lI'-~IUl1.~ i"'Pn",,(;:rU1' l!.iJiJi"·t; ,~,t:.l'":;j, .;i"..f.pn~·n ...rUL.)! . [U,' 1JI1VLI;.J if L-I.!Il Lt" ,,' il iitI[~LI1!tlJ' Il ~t.J I'II'l il:iIlll I 1 "f!~e" ",.,if 1.:1~~,IrI'iIl;'" rlJt"!J..iuw. U], i1!!~JI !~4;,Jlnl!

as tnr; .)\{as.te,r Sttlrcnif'd tfin11r:!!J1i fiis tIi~~~91i:'ts ... ,rybody' co~dJ not: $:tal~d tlie ,Pt'f'S5. rt r.e , "J !)(1.lJe it ,to the fPri r,tceS's~ slie; lias It. l~ .cfsrybo.,dy could nut believe fie (iQd di'uufged 'the st!CJvt .. , :He. looked' up at. the J4 aster.

tJ1ie ,Jrt4Ster 9tiUd at~ fiflH li.eeIJ/y., f~t). }'OIl tlii~lfi. I {l1D. s rIch lJ'fool as: !fiatf' ,J'V' 0 i~~ ~f',lie,rr.' is it ,rtf'ally? JJ

§f~lybo.4y was dU1nbfo:Muu:led by' 'this .. , :J{e !i,atl no rerly h'fJt siierr,ct.

(]lie ?\lasters angergre:w. ,Xe gra'bhe[d ytn~bolly and tfi'l~ellt firm ,/olcVr! £l[f firs feet .. '.1' Iin[D'lv 11'0. on't' :Ivould !},i.ve suc.h. a. priz.e to a na[rve 9Ii~~{ JV~lI~~~ where is it? n

anybody r:ealjz.ed" ,by ii!t;elZl1J,!} r'ntent~y :rlial' opportunity[ :1/"85 clllli'lf,9' qfte Jt1 aster would' nOit ,kill fii1R. witkou.t.ie[lJrni ng tfie-: l'o[['a(ion of,tlie lIra,}." and die -7Kasilr w,ould' Ro,t heltrw: ,the ,lvcad,on of tric' (iinry" any.botly' beg,antrJi fa lrgli and la rrgfi. rtfie. -J\{a.~Ulr stntt;f{ fii,r:n' silelJ"1.'.

''The .)\taster threw',(1 51}, ~€Jltlnce at !NryluulyJ' r:aisiny liiS' ,liands in the' air. .tTIie sun H~[an'[e'(l, ~ay turned to ni9,fit. Jd. oOl,lt,g!i't: sfnu:k !Alr},bod, as lie. stood Upi' Uff}' surprised to ji:'nJ liil¥lselj in tfie £.ad)J.s' 9urlJ:eT1 on tn,e mountain .

.Jle' 't1ln,l:e'(i a:nl)u~1d' dUll liIf.Olf.fJ[J in t[j'fjbeliefi b,rlt:: ,$!l re en~~n~f)1i fie JlJ'aS' 'melit'. lie Sorceress .calJ!f' [out oftli:e' trees ana 51J1rltd' ltt lifm. ··You had a close call.. but 'we limn saved yo fl J' [our .l,ttle )iva mot:" ,', ' "}pbody couid stitl nOli in/iew' lif :was sa vect ·':Jlo.'w did' .1 9',et ,here?»

iJ1ie Lady .51.f!iied ,",ul tlt.rn,e'Ci black to. tlie :tr:e'f-5; mit Sorcerer f,uue Of t UJ tfit., nr 0'01 r ilg lit. ,Xis robes g-.lrstelr1et:l tllJ'[d hr:s lJ{}[ic:e' 'l:assl~red .9l1!yhoJy: '~J could nm'let '",OU b llestr;oYltJ'J Gft:er [all' you fiave done ttl Ollr belialf. n

!Xrryhody said'~ 'lf11l1t lio'w' tJid YO'Jl d:o .rtf •.•

'erne' Sorcerer r~p',litd'J' ('~f)e fiaw n~lG:lo/ pOrM~rs ,elh?l~ me: Master of the tln-, ~1.I'IOJVU 1lo,es nO-I,t fEnders-tund, J'!' tV'ie' Sorcer~r piace,d fiis t"l.l1U on ~r.ybody~s L~, .... ,t:(I\l11't:j1!'~M~'n ~:i'litl ' .... m,u(. '!'I;o1I!Ul'_ 1111,m ii,tf/~ '~o~~d't~~fe 'H~e eat and J',lulf.

UtJ.ll~~R,.I! ~jv.~'~'~v' I~ll~~ ~ 'l;~ 1~~'1" 'on Y1L- ~ !I~'~!VI Fl ~r:.'/ _-'-!I;-~-~ J"- ~1fr.-t.,J: ~ J Of;JV ~ _ .. '~ .~ _ .'~ _ e-e w _ ~. .~.,'"_

10!Jelfi::eJj, y:nu nl:ll:st:: te# us l,fiere tli:e' ,r.i"ituy' is because qInr.e is snort r;

,a,1.ybody bt'Carn:e SO'1,[!}trovhat: Ci)'J:ifuSetJ by this.,. ,,1lts rec{JIHedi;m:litui' been that lTlrue :I~jas 1,I'uite taU, '11iis s1I9geSftti a 1fVUY tOI tesi,' tfifs reaJrty., 9f'~'F-'

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U\ouy fiftp M!UJ, __ .,J1,O'~P :m;a.u. loS ' _I."uue~ _

'The Sorcerer tool,keel confil:$~tl. ~IIJNe' d,o fwt fi.a~ve tirJlt'IiJr ,go. rues., .. ,9fl1.ybod~ replil!'d,. ~Il do no't n~,m"t.L t.;01 play., 1 jus,r. w~'nt to' R!.I',O'l'dJ fii;; fiergfit anct J '~~viJi 't:eU YOlJ wher:-e. n

rtfie Sorcerer MllS becoIJ'J.iJ'!} inr.patient !llt]Jme t~',llJ ho'w ;~(J,l{J. ,stop lfii:5 no'n~ sense. War- is a;t fi:and~ t:lie ll'j:'ary~ ~tie 11r,ury!»

.9lny.bod)l' /)£gan 1'0 laugh bid W,L'U ,(J])J)ld£en,e-cl by qJ,[inli'~, ,ontp' to' ft,rcl tIlt ''hf; Jvise men' 0ltfie',fort:S" Jil!£re ,s~iU disclls5in~ his p,lvblem:. O,rf;t!' ,r!Jlffie: J+IJfse men' tltm,tc/;t;o 9ln,body~ 'who W~'S snll sfitJfiiny 0flfiis steel]' u"ld' ,a:rean15", '~,i,(1 yl'H~' fi:(llJe a U.ift rest?"

9fn~bod<y ")IllS cfI.lifuS'ed b'd' in 'tlie in;ter:est of politeli:e:ss rep,liecil ~:riy, 'yes .l,dt;{t, bu;t, I find ,tfie me.st ,PtC1oiliiJ'r dreallu",·1.1

~fi.e Mtise :UJ,G:n tl'lrned hl{1ck to tJie ,otfitJ"s. ";J{t.;is t11tJaJie ~lOHt 'Pf)e Cldll beg,ln 'the iJl'quiry: I'>

!ifJlyhody' tl'Sfied,J' 'N.rWhat i:nq,I'~i.ry?~·

tTfie, wise IJUUZ cOlules,Ctlld[l~!I"ly rep'lfe:d,~ ''i'YO!U I,visli to Rt1J'I£ a j(jllrfioR to. YO,l~r pro"blern,. We have' lilP'eea fo' ,lielp'J' but ]lilt m,[~st IilnJe sorij,e data. I~

a'l:}'bo~y coultl ,lln:de'rstaJ1;d'tliisi. so. fie a!Jreed W' InJ'$J1if'r ;tIny questions tfiey tfi{Jlflgh:t In ig/i,t Ii;elp.

'Tlii olaest-loOkiTJg of ,rJie 'wtse nM~U ,btgi1'n1 ""Dill you (ia rJe any p'erso.nal

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Vliryhody Sfir}OR his fiea'll!J fij,lO. ,.., 'qjien fie reuJjenibtred~, ~tdl~ I nave In.)' clotfits,. at leas: I tfi ink tliql re. m [lle .. ,..,

7he .oill. Hii'se mtUI' loo.fi)~{l tU 9lnybody' dosdy. H:J{(J rin!Js~ b(Joks~ ,elc., •• ~ !Any'bo'dy ntuJ t'O ,nply, «;]to."

''Ilie S.et:lJDtl. Ivist' 1TUIll ,a;ske,d if fie couiti recnll ,anytlii1.lg of in I:p 0 ria In:e ,at aU. 9iga in !:fny.bo{$.y had tv 1:eply. ~no.~· ethe' ne~rl w-i5e n,l{U[ as'iiea nim if he remeluhel'td a.rrylhing frorl! firs dnarJzsJ {urpl/i,i'lf!} synlho,lrc line liidi~"g Storlle,tni'n,9' :that',n;igfit. be. a tiey :to fiis i(ien~ily.

!lnyboiJy ;,Jio'ftgnt !olr a JrJO'mff.I't and tlie-FlJ, sm:iling 5#glitt))~ lie said', .~t~£fe J.l!tl.'S sometfiin9 " . ."

~"Wliat,· z.-v:a.s tliat? jJ' ,C{ll.' tnt1.' 'wIse lD,en .leaTt!ed)orward 1(00).Ii;in~q' &p.t!clln~tl}j.

~ryhi,(Jdy !also leanee$ /o'nva.rJJ ID,(Jkir~9 at tfr:ent inte,nt~}J. uYo'U'~re ri91i:t~ the.re')IIJQs SIJ.i.n:i;elhing llir:d,. hut. ~fiis is U(j(t'1I0Jilt" rThe lms.e m£n looked €onfUSild ,at .9f17bodYl wfio ~v.a5 r~V{dCnu~g. them, ,closely. '~fiat?" :tfi:q" ,ait said in' uniso".

,anybody' r:epe,ufed liil1.Uelf. Nrtliis is lI',Of' 'l.O'W~ is .ft? ' .. , Va you $'E.€£. 'W.Jf9r{ JI)\{ S9ln,:J{9?'''

lJ.He tvil't men ,ltJOlJif'd up anlileft. qiic'.:1f{ Q~tel' of the' U,J lino J1!iU smod b~ fore fiim. 9fnyboJy ,loo'~.ltd aif tlie. ,.:A(as'fer of the Itlllfi1JloJVl.r~, whose ang.er ,and ,desp'eration R{ulg",n;vn' by en~n'll(JI,i:~S propo~1iolls. £lnyblt"dy inq'ui'red of liiln~ €ltVo 'y;ou real~y 'fiVl1llt Y6'rlr dial)' so' ba'dly.?~'

.rfhe :N[tn'lsltr ,re.plitldj f<tJt:i:s ~~y personal properly. I 'will s,qIUQS,(i you QJ:IJ,' sK'f'n you a.nd burn you in oil", P,'

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