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June 27, 2007


Your free association word of the day is knot.

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David: The Basics

“Observe,” the sorcerer told his apprentice, tearing a long thin strip from a scroll. “This represents the flow of magic in the world.” The sorcerer bent the paper over on itself and fed one loose end through the resulting loop. “What have I done?”

“You tied it into a knot.”

“Correct. Now,…” He carefully squeezed the paper knot flat, folding each bend and tightening until it was perfectly smooth and flat. “…what is this?”

“A pentagon?”

“Correct. This is why we perform our spells inside pentagrams. They are knots in the flow of magic, pooling it where we need it.”

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Ted: Running the String

I have always hated string running, but it is part of the job. It's not hard, just time consuming. And I usually don't have that kinda time.

Lacey said the Dog Man knew somebody. Dog Man said to see the Turk. The Turk said I needed to talk to Lacey. Since Lacey was already a knot, she was kinda out of the talking biz for most of the rest of forever. So here's the part I hate most: the Turk didn't know anybody else. My string snapped.

So I had to start over.

Meanwhile, Tanaka was still out there somewhere.

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Stacy: Hishi-kikkou

She woke reluctantly, head pounding. She cracked one eye then rapidly closed it. Too bright. She tried to stretch, but got nowhere. Confused, she tried again, yelped at the unmistakable pain of returning blood flow. She forced her eyes open, found her entire nude body wreathed in an elaborate pattern of cord and knots.

‘What the fuck…’

Memories of the evening trickled back… dinner with Gary and Susan, then drinks, then… nothing. A featherlight touch brushed her cheek, then stung as something slashed across her face. Susan walked into view, riding crop in hand.

“So glad you’re awake,” she purred.

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