How many disasters have occurred for which I unwittingly laid the groundwork?
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The Wishing Map
Chapter Nineteen: The Naim Games (Continued)
Previously: Zack astounded the childlike naims by insisting that more than one of them could be storysmiths.
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“Slipstreak,” Zack asked, “what do you see in the wood?”
“I…I’m not sure,” the teenage Leaf Naim replied.
“Yes, you are. Go on.”
“Well…there’s a house…on a hill top…”
Zack looked at the gray-brown shape with a patch of gold above it that might easily have been a thatched roof. “Traith! I see it!”
“An’ there’s a human lady…”
“…with a thousand cheldings (children)!”
A wave of laughter rolled through the clearing. The crowd was entranced with this more-than-one-story-at-a-time idea: it was like discovering a meal could have more than one course!
“Yes,” said Zack. “I see every one of them!” And he did.
Naims flooded the field, anxious…
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