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Tales From the Split Worlds – Episode 6: The Duel

March 19, 2010

Author: Emma Newman
Title: The Duel
Genre: Urban fantasy, magical realism
Rating: g
Frequency: Every Friday

The luckiest man in London versus the best swordsman; who will win the duel?

The Duel

Cathy burst into the Emporium of Things in Between and Besides, panting and silently cursing the founder of public transport, his children’s children and all of their pet rabbits. It had taken two hours to reach the shop, and to top it all, she still hadn’t had a cup of tea.

The shopkeeper looked up at the sound of her heaving breaths and removed his reading glasses, closing his book. “Miss Papaver,” he said with just enough surprise to sound condescending. “You’re here after all. Did you forget that you cancelled your appointment?” He watched her suck in the dusty shop air. “Or perhaps you are extraordinarily early for your next appointment.”

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