iv) Cang rubs his chin

Cang rubs his chin. “I seek an object of beauty, to share with the fairer sex. Jewelery, perhaps,” he says.

“There is an exquisite piece upon the wall, there,” the wizard replies, gesturing vaguely with her elbow.

Cang follows her movement to a shiny, geometric object, composed entirely of intersecting planes. It seems to hum and glow from its place of pride upon the wall. He swallows. “And you are certain I may avail myself of this, and share it with my lady love?”

“Don’t touch that, Cang,” Shyan says.

“But she said I could have it.”

“We’ve already asked enough of the kindly wizard,” she says. “Can’t you feel the weight of the bar in your ruck?”

“Well, yes,” Cang says. “But that was payment for liberated chemicals. Here, I seek something beautiful for Cangette.”

Shyan rolls her eyes.

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