Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Fundamental Equivalence of Pixie Dust, an Electrical Socket, and the New Baco-Splosion Deluxe

Larry watched the elf blithely hand over a twenty-dollar bill. He didn’t even wait for change, but sashayed into the food court, plunking his tray down on a spindly-legged table. Larry followed more slowly.

“How did you do that?” he asked, sitting down as the elf bit into his Baco-Splosion Deluxe.

“Do what?” the elf mumbled, tiny mouth full.

“Pay for the food. You don’t have pockets. You don’t even have pants!”

“Oh, that,” the elf waved a thin-fingered hand. “It’s all the same. Magic is money, money is potential, potential is energy. I just manipulate the rates of exchange.”


Deb Markanton said...

This is great! And thanks for the Kij Johnson tip. Wow! is all I can say about her.

Unknown said...

She's done several novels, as well. I enjoyed "Fudoki" quite a lot. Never managed to get into "The Fox Woman," but my mother liked it.