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Flying Children - Part 2
    by Orson Scott Card
(Excerpted from The Gate Thief)

. . . continued from issue 30 . . .

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By the time Danny got to the farm in Yellow Springs, Marion had already suspended a rope over the central beam of the cowbarn. "Ladder work?" asked Danny.

"I'm a cobblefriend," said Marion. "I can't fly, nor can my clants, such as they are."

"Then why didn't you wait for me to make a gate and carry the rope up there?" asked Danny.

"Hard for you to believe, I know, Danny, but before you ever came to this farm, I was able to wipe my butt all by myself."

Danny grinned. "Are you suggesting that you want me to install a rectal gate? Outbound only, I promise."

Marion made as if to smack Danny, though he never had and never would. But then he stopped. "Could you?" he asked. "Not rectal, but a gate that's attached to a person instead of to a place?"

"When Hermia gets here," said Danny.

"Hermia. Veevee. They'll only know what's in books."

"And I only know what I've tried," said Danny. "All those years I tried to figure out how to lock gates and how to take them back inside myself, and I couldn't figure any of it out until I saw it done."

"Somebody had to be the first gatemage," said Marion. "And from what Hermia says -- if you can trust a Greek --"

"It's only a problem if they're bearing gifts," said Danny. "And she's Pelasgian."

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