By Robert Asprin
Skeeve was once a magician's apprentice--until an murderer struck and his grasp used to be killed. Now, with a purple-tongued demon named Aahz as a significant other, he is on a quest to get even.
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I can levitate objects ... " he encouraged. "And ... urn ... " "Well... " Aahz sank heavily into a chair and hid his face in his hands for several minutes. I waited for him to think of something. " he asked finally. " "Oh. " I hastened to bring him a goblet of wine from the small keg Garkin kept, hoping he wouldn't notice the vessel wasn't particularly clean. "What will this do? " "No. " He tossed the wine down in one swallow, and studied the goblet disdainfully. " I cast about the room desperately, but Aahz was way ahead of me.
I was still trying to decide if I should attempt to interrupt Garkin's work when he suddenly stepped back from the brazier. He fixed me with his gaze, and my warning died in my throat. This was not the time to impose reality on the situation. The glow was back in his eyes, stronger than before. "Even demonstrations should give a lesson," he intoned. "Control, Skeeve. Control is the mainstay of magik. Power without control is a disaster. That is why you practice with a feather though you are able to move much larger and heavier objects.
The protective spell was gone. With agonizing effort, I raised my head and found myself gazing into a pair of yellow eyes, flecked with gold, that were not of this world. " -MANDRAKE ONCE, in the woods, I found myself face to face with a snake-cat. On another occasion, I encountered a spiderbear. Now, faced with a demon, I decided to pattern my behavior after that which had saved me in the aforementioned situations. I froze. At least, in hindsight, I like to think it was a deliberate, calculated act.