The Wizard Duel
By Kevin Winters
Copyright 2013 Kevin Winters
Cover design by Tatiana Villa
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Cecht opened the door to Aleandor's Shop of Mystical Trinkets with a light push. He stepped quickly up the stairs to the main floor, a space with amulets, rings, statues, and other artifacts floating above marble pedestals spaced unevenly across the floor. Auras of magic shimmered around the levitating items as sunlight filtering through the windows struck them. Most were simply props and had filled the gallery for weeks now. He crossed the floor briskly, paying little attention to the items, his destination the counter on the opposite side. Behind it sat a native to Caldea, Aleandor. He was an older man with golden beige skin and a head and face of stark white hair. He held a monocle sized magnifying glass up to a golden ring.
"Are they ready?" Cecht asked. Aleandor, annoyed at the young lad's lack of introductions, gave him a look to let him know. Cecht started tapping his hand on the counter and sighed. "Hello Aleandor! Fair weather this bright day, no? I trust the gods have been kind to you lately." He finished with a flourish of his free hand.