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A speckled green film lay over the bathroom tiles. The smell of pond and mildew clashed with the chemical fog of air freshener. The bathtub, at least, was clean, and half-filled with clouded water.
The great craggy face of the turtle seemed to be carved from petrified wood. When I peered in, one red eye swivelled towards me, then shut again. Nothing else moved.
Neil grinned nervously behind me.
"This, I said, "is different."
A plastic fence stretched across the doorway, of the sort to prevent babies tumbling down stairs. A fat white cat batted at the bars, meowing.
"I found him behind the old pet store," Neil said. "They hadn't gotten rid of all their cages and tanks and things. Just left a pile of it in the alley. They must've missed this guy."
"What, like that?" I said, aghast. "You couldn't lift that."
"I could too! Anyway," he amended. "he was barely the size of your thumb then, in a little goldfish bowl. He just started growing and growing. Turtles do get to this siz
True Love, Last Goodbyes...
True Love, Last Goodbyes, and Other Lies
I met my true love the day I graduated.
We learn of soulmates in our second year: Fate 101 is a compulsory course in the university. Nowadays, of course, it's bad taste for a magician to play with destiny. Tell a humble farmboy or page that he is to be the once and future king, more often than not you'll be laughed out of town. Prophecy (as Professor Kismet put it, sniffing disapprovingly) is the stuff of confidence men and not a tool for the self-respecting modern wizard. Still, he conceded, it is vital knowledge.
In regards to soulmates: Most people understand that love is a thing built of friendship and attachment and a lengthy foundation of trust; it is a thing easily fond and just as easily lost. True love is a different beast entirely.
The professor said little of it, only that it was so rare that our chances of encountering it were "negligible."
A student asked, "But what happens if we do?"
"Then," said the professor, "my si
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