By Craig Shaw Gardner
Wuntvor has stuck the chilly eye of dying himself, who seeks so as to add the hapless apprentice to his morbid minions...
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I was amazed that so much noise could come from one tiny drum. Once again, the demon declaimed behind us: “Guxx Unfufadoo, angered demon, Has had enough of caterwauling! Seems you should have used your heads which From your necks will soon be falli—“ The demon’s declamation dissolved in a fearsome bout of sneezing. “Such a waste,” Brax sighed behind us. ” Even I had to admit, it was a pity. Guxx Unfufadoo, the dread rhyming demon, had been defeated by a counterspell performed by my master which caused the creature, once strengthened by his rhymes, to sneeze violently whenever rhymed poetry was present in his speech.
The young woman’s voice repeated. It was the voice of my beloved, the witch Norei. ” I shrugged. I did not care. After what had happened, I didn’t care about much of anything. My master, Ebenezum, the greatest mage in the Western Kingdoms, was gone. He had been taken by Death. Worse still, Death had taken the wizard because the specter could not take me, whom it wanted because of some nonsense about my being the Eternal Apprentice, always instantaneously reborn into another apprenticing form, forever bumbling, forever helping heroes throughout eternity, and therefore forever beyond Death’s grasp.
Tap blurted. “Well, if caring passionately about one’s footwear makes one a fanatic—if it makes a difference to you about the proper heel size, and the quality of the leather, and the aesthetic roundness of the toe, and the elasticity of the laces, and the color of the leather, using of course only true browns from nature, and the correct eyelet placement, taking into account the proper mathematical proportions, and the absolute best angle for stitching the seams, and—well, ten or twelve other factors equally important, then I guess you could call me—“ I tugged on Snarks’s sleeve, drawing him a bit farther away from the declaiming Brownie.
A Disagreement with Death by Craig Shaw Gardner