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While you’re at it,” said Mrs. Szince, “tell me why you’ve taken up with those people at the Academy. ” “I’d prefer it if you told me why you’re asking,” said Gracile, leaning back. ” “Indeed you do. My late husband’s company needs a lobbyist. ” “I’ve never considered it,” said Gracile. ” This was a time-honored enchanter’s technique, the lie direct, and Gracile knew he did it beautifully; the statement and the look, both serious enough to be taken as true but a little more intense than truth warranted.
At ﬂoor twentyﬁve, he had to speak. “The police are in the lobby,” he said. ” Floor twenty—ﬂoor eighteen— “How interesting,” said Mrs. Szince. ” Floor ten— “I thought it was an interesting coincidence,” said Gracile. “Given that you’d called me about it. In fact, I invited the academy’s lecher to this party so we could deal with it properly. ” Mrs. Szince was very still, as still as moonlight. ” “It must be very distressing to pay so much for something and then ﬁnd out it’s illegal,” he said. “You did the right thing in coming to me.
Soon the path divided, and he took the branch that led away from the river, hoping it would lead to a house, or to a farm with an empty barn. He walked for some time, as the dusk deepened, until, at the end of the path, he found a farmhouse, half tumbled down and unpleasant-looking. The Runt walked around it, becoming increasingly certain as he walked that nothing could make him go inside, and then he climbed over a broken fence to an abandoned pas- 44 s Neil Gaiman ture, and settled down to sleep in the long grass with his schoolbag for his pillow.