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A Difficulty with Dwarves by Craig Shaw Gardner

By Craig Shaw Gardner

Whilst a wizard is not able to medication his illness of magicks, he sends his apprentice Wuntnor to hunt reduction within the far-off land of the jap Kingdoms that are ripe with fiendish peril.

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Tap paused at last and looked around, realizing that his audience had fled. ’ he cried. ‘How much better to conduct our lessons outside, in the warm summer air! ’ Tap romped merrily from the room. I stopped before a sneezing mass covered in royal blue. ’ Ebenezum looked up and nodded. ‘Too much,’ he managed. ‘Outside -‘ I helped the mighty wizard out onto the lawn that fronted the building. The grass was already crowded with prostrate mages. We had to walk some distance before we could find a place Ebenezum might sit undisturbed.

Came a clear voice from the room in which the wizards had conferred. ’ Norei and I turned to look across the disabled wizards, at the meeting room where this had all begun. One more wizard strode boldly from the room, also seemingly unaffected by the magical malady. The large mass of sneezing wizards filling the hallway about us had raised a great deal of dust. It was difficult to see clearly. Still, there was something familiar about the way the man carried himself, his long, white beard, and dark blue robes.

I began. Everything she said was, unfortunately, true. When my master gave me this emergency task, I had quite forgotten that I was in the midst of a deep discussion with my beloved. ‘Oh, I know you might tell me I’m being petty,’ she continued. ‘Here I am, thinking of my own concerns when we have another emergency at hand. ’ ‘Um, er. ’I tried to explain. ‘Maybe it’s because I’ve done nothing but rescue you from one bad situation after another. You seem properly grateful for a moment or two, and then - zip!

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