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“Of course I will come,” said the Dragon Queen. Her voice was muted beneath the layers of dark cloth that covered her, but a ripple of amusement sounded as she added, “I should hope my old friend has not forgotten my favorite blend, after all these decades. I shall be disappointed if there isn’t a fresh pot awaiting me.”

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Read “A Cup of Comfort” by Stephanie Burgis, in Issue #210

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Stephanie Burgis is an American writer who lives in Wales with her husband and two sons, surrounded by mountains, castles, and coffee shops. She has published over thirty short stories for adults and teens, including “The Five Days of Justice Merriwell” in BCS #13, as well as a middle-grade Regency fantasy trilogy known in the U.S. as the Kat, Incorrigible series and in the U.K. as The Unladylike Adventures of Kat Stephenson. Her first two historical fantasy novels for adults, Masks and Shadows and Congress of Secrets, will be published by Pyr Books in 2016, and her next middle-grade fantasy series by Bloomsbury, beginning with The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart in 2017. To find out more, visit www.stephanieburgis.com.

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