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The Book of Deacon By Joseph R. Lallo Characters: 4971

Updated: 2018-01-19 19:02


"Relax, lass, I would not be so foolish as to put the fate of my collection in the hands of an apprentice. You couldn't ignite a single page if you tried. The moment I saw that beast, I put a series of spells into effect. You can't even light a lamp up there without a word or two from me, " he said.

"Why didn't you say something earlier?" she asked.

"It is just my way, " he said, getting up and placing his book on the table. "So, do you feel up to learning a bit more tonight?"

"Not quite, " she said.

"What a shame, because that is precisely what we are going to do, " he said.

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The following weeks brought much knowledge and little rest. Wolloff felt that, since she was gifted with a unique strength of mind, she ought to be pushed harder than his other students. In weeks she learned spells that had taken the other apprentices months to perfect. She could soon heal everything from a bruise to a broken limb to any number of diseases. He would see to it that she practiced nonstop until the spell was casting just as it should be.

Surprisingly, Wolloff more often than not provided the meals. He seemed to believe that her education was of the highest priority. Each morning would see a new spell taught and rest would not come until it had been cast. Each day followed the same routine--until one morning more than a month later. On that morning, Myn was acting strangely.

The dragon had continued to leave with the approach of morning, usually waking Myra

can tell you that they are quite strong-willed. Not on the level of a wizard, or even you for that matter, though. . . I sense that they are looking for something. No. . . No, they have found it. There is anger. Perhaps a. . . yes, a battle. . . There are fewer of them now. . . fewer still. Whatever they found is putting up quite a struggle."

"It could be Myn!" she said.

"Aye, it could be." He nodded. "I've focused the spell on the discovery of human minds. Whatever they have found, it is not human."

"Well, search for her! Search for Myn!" she demanded.

Wolloff clenched his eyes tighter to maintain concentration.

"This may come as a surprise to you, but seeking out a dragon's mind has not been of tremendous usefulness to me over the years. I would have to do a bit of research to discover that particular inflection, " he said. "At any rate, it does not matter. The ill-intentioned invaders--or, at least, those that remain--are leaving. Right, back to work then."

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