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Carl tried to warn me about the book, but I couldn’t see the harm. Polly wanted it so much, and I wanted so much to win his child round. “All little girls play at magic spells,” I told him, “she’ll grow out of it.” But she didn’t, and I didn’t win her round, either. She […]
I usually have a head start on names (real world names, at least – don’t get me started on fantasy names, just remind me if I ever start a new world again to steal all the names from Finnish, or Basque, or some other language for which a list is readily available), mainly because I’ve […]
Dear Ms Jones I feel that I owe you a personal response to the question that you asked yesterday evening, though it is a response that will displease you as much as it embarrasses me. The question was not, I understand, meant for my ears, and I apologize for my unintentional eavesdropping. As you may […]
On the eve of Tinker’s Dawn we had been stranded at Hardain for eight nights, and no one could tell us when the boats might move again. Up to ten days of ice was common, we gathered, perhaps more, perhaps less. The ice might even thicken, and this prospect pleased our hosts, who would hold […]
If you must have a name for her, then you may call her Bella. It is not her proper name, but it is close enough for – the suggestion would earn you the shadow of a smile from her – close enough for government work. Only a shadow of a smile, because this is not […]