Have you ever deceived a group of people “for their own good,” only to have the plan blow up in your face?
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Chapter Nineteen: The Naim Games (Continued)
Previously: Zack chose twenty semi-finalist naims (gnomes) for a storytelling contest, after which he planned to announce Naimian’s new Storysmith–and make his escape.
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By mid-afternoon, word had spread that Namian’s Storysmith (Zack) would introduce a wonderful event at the Naim Games! Anticipation rose to the point of frenzy; all had seen Master Zaggyzim when he’d arrived yesterday (it was hard to miss a four and a half foot tall giant!), but few had heard him tell stories yet.
Little Bud worked the crowd (“My Uncle Zaggy is coming!”) while Zack ducked out to meet with his Leaf Naim Pretenders. On the way there he spotted Bulgy headed for a heartwood tree with half a dozen burly bodyguards. He offered a statesmanly “hey-fah!” but Bulgy and his posse…
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