“C'mon kid. Think a minute, even if it hurts.”
“Well, kid," Aahz said, sweeping me with an appraising stare, "it looks like we're stuck with each other. The setup isn't ideal, but it's what we've got. Time to bite the bullet and play with the cards we're dealt. You do know what cards are, don't you?"
"Of course," I said, slightly wounded.
"What's a bullet?”
“Please ta meetcha, kid. I'm Aahz."
"No relation to what?" I asked, but he was examining the room again.”
“To function efficiently, any group of people or employees must have faith in their leader."- Capt. Bligh(ret.)”
“Are you going to shake my hand,or am I going to rip your heart out?”
“Why, the man killed over two hundred demons with this sword. They say it is charmed such that whomever wields it cannot be killed by a demon.” “How did he die?” “Knifed by an exotic dancer.”
“Run through those time measurements again," Aahz grumbled.
"In seconds, minutes, hours...."
"Minutes! We've got a few minutes.”
“Relax, Skeeve! This'll be easy, Skeeve! Trust me, Skeeve!' Boy Aahz, when you miss a call you don't do it small, do you?"
"Shut up, kid!”
“Went with one (Assassin) for a while... lovely lass, but she couldn't keep her mouth shut, even in bed. Sometimes I wonder if any profession really guards its secrets as closely as they claim.”
“Relax, Stranger. Things are not as they seem.”
“The Demon curled its lips back, revealing a double row of needle-sharp teeth.
I considered changing my chosen course of action; I considered fainting.”
“we’re up to handling a Deveel, Aahz?” I was aware I had asked the question countless times in the last few days, but I still needed reassurance. “Will you relax, kid?” Aahz growled. “I was right about the Imps, wasn’t I?” “I suppose so,” I admitted hesitantly. I didn’t want to tell Aahz, but I wasn’t that happy with the Imp incident. It had been a little too close for my peace of mind. Since the meeting, I had been having recurring nightmares involving Imps and crossbows. “Look at it this way, kid. With any luck this Frumple character will be able to restore my powers.”
“Terrific!” I said, and meant it for a change.”
“Deveels are some of the meanest characters you'd ever not want to tangle with. They're some of the most feared and respected characters in the dimensions."
"Are they warriors? Mercenaries?"
Aahz shook his head.
"Worse!" he answered. "They're merchants.”
“Hmm? Yeah, kid?”
“What dimension do you come from?”
“Does that make you a Pervert?”
“No. That makes me a Pervect. Now shut up!”
“It was a city to visit, not a city to live in, but it was the city where Wormold had first fallen in love and he was held to it as though to the scene of a disaster. Time gives poetry to a battlefield.”
“No, emptiness is not nothingness. Emptiness is a type of existence. You must use this existential emptiness to fill yourself.”
“There is no such thing as luck. There is only adequate or inadequate preparation to cope with a statistical universe.”
“Compassion and brutality can coexist in the same individual and in the same moment...”
“It is not that I was credulous, simply that I belived in all things dark and dangerous. It was part of my young creed that the night was full of ghosts and witches, hungry and flapping and dressed completely in black.”
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