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    Clarse managed to open his eyes finally and winced at the light - which as it was only a flickering torch at the other end of the dungeon said a lot about the headache that had taken residence in his skull.

    The only good thing about the headache he discovered as he  began a personal inventory, was that it was distracting him from all the other aches, pains, and whatnot that had been inflicted upon the rest of his body. He briefly pondered why he had bothered to regain consciousness when a groan from nearby derailed this train of thought.

    Bodrin was glaring at him from the opposite side of the cell, as best he could anyway around the swelling and bruising distorting his features. "What were you thinking," he groaned, "trying to kick that troll in the balls?"

    "I'm not sure thinking entered into it. I had kind of run out of ideas at that point."

    "Well, so much for the plan to finally get the jewel," Bodrin growled.

    "But it was such a good plan," Clarse protested "it just neglected to account for trolls is all. And we did get something out of it."

    Bodrin, by a heroic effort, managed to project an air of total stupefaction in the face of this assertion. Clarse continued.

    "We learned it is a really bad way to deal with trolls. It doesn't hurt them, being made out of rock and all. It definitely hurt my foot however. It certainly focused his attention on me. And, come to think of it, it would have been no use at all if we'd run into a lady troll I suppose. The next plan will have to do better."

    Bodrin stared at him with his one working eyeball in a silence compounded of equal parts gobsmackery and smoldering fury - with a pinch of resignation. He started to shake his head but decided too many bits might fall off, so he took solace in words instead.

    "At our present rate of progress, I think the next plan we come up with may have to include reincarnation as a fallback position. Just saying, if we keep learning at this rate."

    Clarse grudgingly took this under advisement.

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 07:04:25 PM PDT

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