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H myrvalas lAnd v oz


2. H myrvalas pQdar v lFf

Aftar knsidarN H mAtar kErfali, /tip disFdd Ht H best plEs t lOkEt /JAk wUd b At H bend in H rOd, a lital wE fram H hQs. sO hI styrtd t kEri hiz mAn HEr, bat fQnd him hevi n rAHar Ykward t hAndal. Aftar JrAgN H krIcar a SYrt distans /tip stUd him on hiz fIt, n bF farst bendN H Jqnts v wan leg, n Hn HOz v H aHar, At H sEm tFm pUSN fram bihFnd, H bq mAniJd t indMs /JAk t wYk t H bend in H rOd. i waz not akompliSd wiTQt a fjM tambalz, n /tip rIli warkd hyrdar Hn hI evar hAd in H fIldz Yr fYrist; bat a lav v miscif arJd him on, n i plIzd him t test H klevarnis v hiz warkmanSip.

"/JAk's Yl rFt, n warks fFn!" hI sed t himself, pAntN wiT H anjMZMal eksarZn. bat Jast Hn hI diskavard H mAn'z left yrm hAd falan of in H Jarni sO hI went bAk t fFnd i, n Aftarward, bF witalN a nM n stQtar pin f H SOldar-Jqnt, hI ripErd H inJari sO saksesfali Ht H yrm waz scroNgar Hn bifYr. /tip YlsO nOtisd Ht /JAk's pampkin hed hAd twistd arQnd antil i fEsd hiz bAk; bat Hs waz Izili remidId. wen, At lAst, H mAn waz set ap fEsN H tarn in H pAT wEr Old /mombi waz t apIr, hI lUkd nAcaral Inaf t b a fEr imitESn v a /gilikan fYrmar, -- n annAcaral Inaf t styrtal enIwan Ht kEm on him anawErz.

Az i waz tM arli in H dE t ekspekt H Old wUman t ritarn hOm, /tip went dQn intM H vAli bilO H fyrm-hQs n bigAn t gAHar nats fram H crIz Ht grM HEr.

hQevar, Old /mombi ritarnd arliar Hn jMZMal. SI hAd met a krMkid wizard hM rizFdd in a lOnli kEv in H mQntanz, n hAd crEdd sevaral imYrtant sIkrits v mAJik wiT him. hAvN in Hs wE sekjard TrI nM resipIz, fYr mAJikl pQdarz n a selekSn v arbz v wandarfal pQr n pOtansi, SI hobald hOm Az fAst Az SI kUd, in Yrdar t test har nM sYrsarIz.

sO intent waz /mombi on H creZarz SI hAd gEnd Ht wen SI tarnd H bend in H rOd n kYt a glimps v H mAn, SI mIrli nodd n sed:

"gUd IvanN, sar."

bat, a mOmant lEtar, nOtN Ht H parsan did not mMv Yr riplF, SI kAst a shrMd glAns intM hiz fEs n diskavard hiz pampkin hed elAbaratli kyrvd bF /tip's JAk-nFf.

"heh!" IJAkjMlEtd /mombi, givN a sYrt v grant; "Ht rAsali bq hAz bin plEiN criks agen! veri gUd! ve -- rI gUd! F'l bIt him blAk-n-blM f crFiN t skEr mI in Hs fASn!"

ANgrili SI rEzd har stik t smAS in H grinN pampkin hed v H dami; bat a sadan TYt mEd har pYz, H apliftd stik left mOSanlis in H Er.

"wF, hIr z a gUd cAns t crF mF nM pQdar!" sed SI, Igarli. "n Hn F kn tel weHar Ht krUkid wizard hAz fErli crEdd sIkrits, Yr weHar hI hAz fMld mI Az wikidli Az F fMld him."

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sO SI set dQn har bAskit n bigAn famalN in i f wan v H preSas pQdarz SI hAd abtEnd.

wFl /mombi waz Has okjMpFd /tip scrOld bAk, wiT hiz pokits fUl v nats, n diskavard H Old wUmAn stAndN bisFd hiz mAn n apErantli not H lIst bit frFtand bF i.

At farst hI waz Jenarali disapqntd; bat H nekst mOmant hI bikEm kjarias t nO wat /mombi waz gOiN t d. sO hI hid bihFnd a heJ, wEr hI kUd sI wiTQt bIiN sIn, n pripErd t woc.

Aftar sam sarc H wUman JrM fram har bAskit n Old pepar-boks, apon H fEdd lEbal v wic H wizard hAd ritan wiT a led-pensal:

"pQdar v lFf."

"Y -- hIr i z!" SI krFd, Jqfali. "n nQ let as sI if i z pOtant. H stinJi wizard didn't giv mI mac v i, bat F ges HEr'z Inaf f tM Yr TrI dOsz."

/tip waz mac sarpFzd wen hI Ovarhard Hs spIc. Hn hI sY Old /mombi rEz har yrm n spriNkal H pQdar fram H boks Ovar H pampkin hed v hiz mAn /JAk. SI did Hs in H sEm wE wan wUd pepar a bEkd patEtO, n H pQdar siftd dQn fram /JAk's hed n skAtard Ovar H red Sart n piNk wEstkOt n parpal crQzarz /tip hAd Jresd him in, n a pYrSn Evan fel apon H pAcd n wYrn SMz.

km bAk nekst wIk f mYr "H myrvalas lAnd v oz"!

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