Bekka snorted at the absurdity, then clamped a hand over her mouth at the unladylike noise. Joakem didn’t notice. "I’m an apprentice, not a familiar. And Miriam Cow-nose doesn’t have enough sense to fill a baby’s belly-button. The witch chose me because I’m smart and talented."

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Rodello Santos was abandoned as a baby in a downtown Manhattan Cineplex. He was raised by kind ushers who fed him overpriced Milk-Duds and weaned him on butter-flavored topping. His humor and stories have found kind, loving homes, including The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Flash Fiction Online, and in Beneath Ceaseless Skies. He is currently racing George R.R. Martin to see who finishes their next novel first. His money is on Mr. Martin.

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