By Piers Anthony
Grundy Golem bought no appreciate. So, to end up himself, he volunteered for a quest to discover the long-lost dragon, Stanley Steamer. at the manner, he by some means manages to unfastened a damsel in distress-- yet now not with out incurring the wrath of the ocean Hag within the approach. And by way of avenging herself on Grundy, the ocean Hag won't ever supply up....
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He leaned over and kissed her. numerous issues happened at this aspect. He hadn’t discovered he used to be going to do this; it was once certainly spontaneous. She, no longer really figuring out what he was once as much as, grew to become concurrently to stand him. hence rather than kissing her cheek, he scored on her lips. This replaced the impact. Her lips have been the softest, sweetest issues he had ever touched. After an everlasting second, they broke. “I recognize what that was once! ” she exclaimed, thrilled. “That used to be a kiss! ” Grundy may perhaps merely nod, privately crushed through the influence of it. It was once evidently the 1st such adventure for her; it was once additionally the 1st for him. And, he proposal ruefully, it had larger be the final. “How did I do? ” “What? ” “Did I kiss good? ” good? He felt as though his ft had no longer but regained the floor. yet how may perhaps he inform her that? The act had now not been meant as any try out of her prowess! but when he advised her no, she will be damage. “Uh, convinced. ” “Do humans frequently kiss whilst they’re sorry? ” she requested brightly. “Not exactly,” he mumbled. “Good. I’m now not sorry. enable me test it now. ” “You don’t understand—” he protested, drawing away. “But I’m quite attempting to understand,” she stated. “I need to know how issues are within the genuine global. ” She leaned towards him, lips pursed. He drew additional away, no longer understanding what to assert. hence, they either misplaced their stability and fell at the mattress, she on most sensible of him. “Like this? ” she requested, placing her lips to his. Grundy used to be beautiful definite he might remorse this, yet for a second he gave up the struggle. He wrapped his hands approximately her and held her tight whereas they kissed. After a miles longer everlasting second, she lifted her head, smiling. “Oh, my, this can be enjoyable! ” she exclaimed. “I by no means knew what i used to be lacking, within the Ivory Tower! ” And he, Grundy, had by no means really recognized what he was once lacking, all of his lifestyles! yet he couldn’t inform her that. She had what he lacked: a destiny with the human or elven style. “Dawn is coming,” he acknowledged a little gruffly. “We had greater get the mattress to hide. ” “Oh, my, certain! ” she agreed. She sat up rigorously, shifted to human-size, and helped Snortimer hold the mattress to the deep color of a stout umbrella tree. Then, ultimate that dimension, she moved concerning the sector, finding and plucking a few culmination that she introduced again to the mattress. Then she replaced again to golem-size, they usually chewed into the massive fruit. Now the sunlight was once up and vivid. “I imagine the ghost is long past, now,” Grundy acknowledged. “She should have needed to take another shape. that allows you to chill out. ” “Just the same,” she acknowledged, “stay nearby me. ” back, he knew he will be sorry, for the nearer he stayed by way of her, the extra he beloved her, and never simply as a chum. whilst she discovered her personal position along with her personal variety, whichever type that would be, he will be two times as lonely as prior to. yet not less than there has been this moment—this second of the adventure. Now he, like she, used to be now not in any nice hurry to accomplish it. They settled at the mattress, mendacity aspect through part. She took and held his hand, and he didn't protest. Her little intimicies have been so blameless, for her, and so major for him—but he didn’t are looking to aspect that out to her.