By Piers ANTHONY
Whilst existence appeared unnecessary to Norton, he authorised the placement because the Incarnation of Time, although it intended residing backward from current to previous. the opposite probably omnipotent incantations of Immortality--Death, destiny, battle, and Nature--made him welcome. Even devil greeted him with presents. yet he quickly stumbled on that the presents have been crafty traps and he had turn into enmeshed in a posh scheme of the Evil One to wreck all that used to be good....
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I see the problem,” he said. “Neither of you is a dragon slayer; you don’t like to go at it directly. But if she says you glow, she’ll accept you. It’s just a matter of time. All you need to do is stay here and- “ “And be supported by a woman,” Norton finished. ” Gawain swore. “She doesn’t have a thing of her own. It’s all mine. She won’t inherit; only the son she bears will. ” The ghost looked blank. ” Norton was beginning to appreciate the fact that Gawain’s purpose did not align perfectly with Orlene’s purpose.
Gawain frowned. ” Norton was growing quite curious about this. The ghost was a tough, direct sort, with quite alien values, but he was also a gentleman by his own reckoning. Why was he being so circumspect about this? ” “When I died, I had amassed a fair fortune, in addition to my inheritance,” the ghost continued. “Actually, the inheritance has not yet come down to me, as my father lives, but I am the only heir. It is important that the estate remain in the family. Therefore, my surviving family arranged for a ghost marriage.
He set it up,” Norton said, indicating Gawain. “You don’t have to say that,” Orlene said, sounding just a bit nettled. ” “Yes, I do! He’s your husband! ” “My husband is dead,” she said. “I know. That’s why- “Norton shrugged, confused about his own emotions, wishing he were back in the forest. ” she flared. She was one of those few women who really did seem as pretty angry as happy. ” Norton said. “Gawain brought me here! Ask him! ” She looked into Norton’s face, then turned away, hurt. He felt like a monster who had just pulled the wings off a dozen beautiful butterflies.