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Castle Perilous is a magic castle full of mystery and adventure, but sometimes even magic castles can go awry. This particular castle has the power to send its guests to 144,000 alternate worlds, each a fantastic voyage to the unknown. But each voyage seems to backfire. Computer whiz kid Jeremy is stuck on a planet of golf-playing dinosaurs. Gentrified Gene finds himself a on a planet overrun with amazon women where the queen has taken a particular shine to him and only Lord of the Castle Incarnadine can st
after all,” Incarnadine said. He closed the crypt and continued on his way. He had a great deal of work to do. Nine * * * Wilderness He had traveled about seven hundred miles in three days, not bad progress for an off-road vehicle over rugged terrain. But thousands of miles of sand and rock still lay between him and Annau. In the past, transportation on the planet had not always been so difficult, but the Umoi had eventually ripped up their vast highway system to allow the planet to
possibility. But if true, it means that the portal was meddled with from the castle side, unless someone was on the plane to manipulate things from that end. I guess that’s a possibility as well. Are you keeping a list?” Sheila shook her head glumly. “There are too many of them. I wonder if we’ll ever know what happened to Gene.” “Don’t worry. We’ll find him.” “But it’s been almost four days.” “Not to worry. There are any number of universes, and he could be anywhere in any one of them. It’ll
“It’s simple, milady. Allow me to show you.” Jamin executed what looked like a simple box step, with one or two side steps thrown in. Sheila tried it. “Well, I don’t know,” she said. “But if you’re willing, I’m willing.” “’Twill be my delight, milady.” Maybe a little magic would help, she thought. Wriggling her right finger she cast a facilitation spell that always worked well inside the castle. Jamin took her in his arms and they began to dance. Sheila did the best she could, and
Sheila. Sheila was special. Linda was nice, too; he couldn’t forget her. In fact, he had known Linda longer. But Sheila was the one in danger now. It galled Snowy to be so helpless, like a stray cub out on the ice. But there was nothing he could do until he got back to Perilous. If then. “I gotta piss,” the kid announced, wheeling the truck into the parking lot of a dimly lit roadhouse. “I could use a drink,” Snowy said. “Yeah, me, too,” the kid said as he squeezed the truck between two parked
made him feel better to think that he was inside Perilous, albeit at the mercy of his abductors. It meant that he had his magic powers. Correction: power, for he had only one. He was the best swordsman in the place. He wished for some way to test the hypothesis, but he needed a sword. There was no other way. He had tried shadow fencing with an imaginary sword, but it had told him little. Of course, he felt right, sensed that his swordsmanship was back, but there was no way of being really sure.