the smuggler’s bible


“There’s still a spot for you at the university. Everyone there is very patient, as you well know. All you’ve gotta do is finish.”

“It’s not that easy.”

“Well, nobody suggests it’s a simple process, but you’ve done it once. Just go over your notes. Can’t you—I don’t know—tweak the formula?”

Helle leans back on the bench and closes her eyes. “When the magic is gone, it takes something else with it. Something important.”

“You sound pathetic.”

“I lost six years of work and sent an incompetent barbarian to get it back. I wish it only sounded pathetic.”