The Tower of Pastry [16 Chirreb 4261]
The Duke, personally, will pay for all the pastry. He seems
quite thoroughly enamoured by the chance to count coup
against Oorah Thrassen. He also likes the Academy Bakery,
to the extent that he — the most powerful prime in Inner
Choinxeia — has their deluxe pastry boxes for breakfast at
least once a month. (Not from Floosh’s branch usually, from
the branch near the palace.)
No, I didn’t talk to the Duke in person. I talked to
Kaim-Su, and to Hezimikkinen, and to Lord Tumblawn. In case
the fame of Lord Tumblawn hasn’t spread to other universes
yet, she is in charge of the Duke’s personal wealths. (Yes,
plural. I imagine he has several wealths.) I certainly
didn’t know who she was before Hezimikkinen told me.
She’s the one who mentioned about the breakfast boxes,
too, though I daresay it they weren’t a major item in her
budget. Until now, at least.
Which is to say, I’ve got ten thousand lozens to give to
This is more money than I’ve ever had in my paws before.
Strictly, I don’t have it in my paws. I have it in a fairly
imposing wooden box, with a locking spell and a locating
spell and a levitating spell on it. I was vaguely wondering
if they’d give me an actual enchanted box for it, but it’s
not quite enough money for that.
(Actually, when I get going with professional enchantment,
I’ll be charging ten thousand lozens for a few weeks’ work.
It’s a lot of money, but it’s not a lot of money.
I guess that a guild carpenter probably earns that much in a
Anyways, Lord Tumblawn was going to simply hand me the
Me:“What’s to keep me from stealing
Tumblawn:“Please don’t steal it.”
Me:“Please? Not that I intend to steal it, but
I never expected to hear anyone say that with a ‘please’ on
Tumblawn:“That’s how I mean it, though. Please
don’t. We’d just have to get it back from you or your
family, and that will make everyone involved
Me:“I’m more worried about someone else
stealing it, truth to tell. Am I supposed to defend it with
Tumblawn:“Well, not that much.”
Me:“With, oh, 10% of my life?”
Tumblawn:“I hesitate to put a precise number on
Which means that I got two conceptually surprising
statements from a lord-high accountant. Remarkable.
But she did agree to have someone put the locking spell and
the locating spell on the box. I hope that nobody is out
trolling for lozens, though. I’d hate to have to decide
whether to use the seven-winged burning thing seriously,
after seeing how nasty it was to Bfelmykh.