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The Oldest Trick
Emascula the Great waved the wand above his assistant. The audience gasped and cooed with delight as she pulled the swords from her body, tossing them to the floor with a clatter. She posed, apparently unscathed. Emascula smiled cheerfully, but sighed inwardly. These cretins were so easily fooled. Parting them from their money was the oldest trick in the book.
“How long did you say it would be until the harvest?”
“If the weather holds out, these will be ready for you in two weeks”.
“Just two weeks? My, that is impressive. That should give us plenty of time to get them armed before the King’s last stand. Though I forget, what is it that you’ve been sowing?”