Have you ever observed a phenomenon of nature so wondrous that it simply could not have come into existence by chance?
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The Wishing Map
Chapter Sixteen: Fisher Folk and Naims (Cont’d)
Previously: After being attacked by a spiffwit, Gina and her brother Zack entered the inn named for the bizarre little bird.
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The inside of the Screaming Spiffwit was made of the same richly grained wood as the exterior. Only now, in the light of multiple lanterns, did Zack and Gina realize how remarkable it was. At first they thought it was painted, but as they looked closer, they realized its rainbow hues were organic.
It was carved into patterns that took their inspiration from the wood’s natural colors: an angelic pink face surrounded by pale blue flowers; a gleeful yellow sun breaking through vermillion clouds; a deep green forest marching along a grey granite bluff. An…
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