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GUESS WHAT I WANT?

"Hello," said Bronson as Iffley left Adena. "It is a pleasure and an honor to meet the Enchantress of Furanoss."

"Hello," said the startled Adena. "May I ask the name of the man who is honored to meet me?"

"Yes," stated Bronson after a short pause.

"Well, what is your name?" asked Adena.

"I am Bronson Randolf. I contacted you by telepathy the other day."

"Oh, yes. I remember. Why do you come to my land, Furanoss, this day?"

"I wish to discuss the Belt of Excho with you."

"How do you know I have the Belt" inquired Adena, "and what do you wish to discuss about it?"

"I know you have the Belt because it was in Enad's possession before he went into the eighth dimension and Enad was in your palace."

"Well," stated Adena, "you've got me there."

"I simply came to retrieve the Belt or equal compensation" stated Bronson, "and I would certainly wish to be able to do it without force, I would rather use charm and diplomacy."

"That is good." Adena answered. "I do not care for unnecessary violence either. I will consider your proposal on the matter."

"I am also interested in the Shard of Zenith from the Crystal. I understand it holds certain powers."

"Yes. It has the power to see the past and the future."

"Oh, I see."

"No. It sees."

"Whatever," said an exasperated Bronson.

"Now that we've discussed business," Adena said, "was there anything else you wanted?"

"Yes. I was wondering about that amulet. I know the pearls are for transport. I heard the Wizard say that, but what are its other powers?"

"That's for me to know and for you to find out" said Adena.

"Oh, a challenge," said Bronson. "Not to worry, I'll find out."

"That's what you think. All that I will tell you is its name."

"Which is?" asked Bronson.

"The Amulet of Wisdym, replied Adena, "and that is all I will let you know. You seem to know something of me, now tell me something of yourself."

"I am the last relative of that little twit Enad the..." as Bronson choked slightly, ..."'Enad the Great.' He used the rest of the family for Swolsk food."

"Yes. I heard about that. Quite a shame."

"Yes, it was. That is why I lost no tears over his journey into the eighth dimension. I do have powers of my own," continued Bronson. "I will only tell you though of my power of regeneration and restoration. I am presently using it to turn the Wastelands into a rain forest and to restore the lands of my kingdom into a beautiful paradise. I believe that is about all you need to know of me at present."

"Good enough," replied Adena.

Bronson did not tell Adena that his telepathy picked up on her thoughts about her Amulet and of its powers.

"It has been a pleasure talking with you Adena. Please keep in mind our discussion about the Belt. I look forward to our next meeting."

"Yes. I will think on the matter. It has been a pleasure meeting you as well. Until we meet again."

With a twist of his emerald and diamond encrusted ring, Bronson disappeared and dropped off the stranded Adena at her palace. He returned to his newly constructed palace to continue the restoration of his lands and to install devices to keep Enad from returning from the eighth dimension to the land of Bronson's Paradise.


 © 1984, 

L. Charles, D. Conrad, A. Duncan, Enad the Great, J. Pierce, B. C. Randolf, and T. G. Taft

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