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Only a Second or Two  by Larner

XXVI.  Cue:  The teacher


Hard Learned Lessons

            “I don’t see your concern, Frodo Baggins--it’s standard language for this kind of contract, assuring there is good water for the smial, and that the hill is sound and proof against flooding.  And of course one needs proper shutters----”

            Frodo’s agitation could be told by the fact it was his wounded hand he waved.  “But this contract calls for proper thatching.  What hole requires thatching, or two wells?”

            Bard and Hillie exchanged glances.

            The deputy Mayor continued, “This is how Lotho was able to avoid paying for the place--by holding the Sweetwaters to the letter of the contract.”

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