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Deal 1417 Preview

Vexing Vexillography:
The flag: fowl, Temporary, Rat, and balm
On a field of blue (#80b1d3)
Bordered in red (#CC0000)

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Deal 1335: Flight

I turned the corner and found a classic casino, set for baccarat. Most of the casino was dark, but a single roped-off table was set up for play, with a lone figure hunched over the shoe. The set was so specific that it seemed at first that I had no choice but to play.

But the key to this sort of situation is often to find the other way forward. I scanned the shadows, then spotted my way out. A window lit by the glow of the city beyond.

I made for the window and jumped.

For a brief moment I wondered at my own sanity as I fell storey after storey. Then I spread my wings and took control of my dreams.

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Deal 1327: Flight

My eyes pop open on a ballroom, filled with couples moving through a waltz with the sort of precision you only ever see in a cinema. The waltz continued as I watched the room. Then I saw her on the far side of the room.

I strode out across the dance floor, avoiding tripping the dancers by sheer luck as much as anything. It didn’t take that long, and soon I was sneaking up on the window. Expecting a reaction of some kind, I snuck up to it, seized it my the sash, and hoisted it into the air.

The night air was a refreshing change from the stuffiness of the closet. Tempting too, with room to really stretch my wings. So out I went, changing form as I passed through the wall. That final transformation left me free to fly and leave this place behind.

So off I went.