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The Clockwork Changeling
©2012 by Sylvan Scott
Smashwords Edition

Never try to out-drink a satyr,” Wiste declared.

He leaned back and drained his beer like water.

Anthony took another swig of his Surly Hell. “Who said I was keeping up with you?”


Packing boxes surrounded Anthony’s rickety card table, their poker hands:  forgotten. A balloon floated limply against the ceiling and a half-eaten cake slumped on the computer desk. Wiste opened another can and raised it.

“Happy birthday!”

Anthony raised his lager. “Here’s to another twenty.”

“Oh, at least!”

There weren’t many friends like Wiste. Most people would hesitate to cross town after midnight to celebrate a birthday. Wiste had crossed the barriers between worlds and even promised to stick around and help Anthony pack for his annual move back home for summer break.

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