Deal 1205: Trained out of fear.

After years of discipline and practice he was nearly fearless.

The devices helped, of course. It was no test of the gom jabbar, but it was effective. Every time he approached the test, he had no idea what it might do to him this time. In the early days, merely picking up the device was about all he could stand. As he tamed his fears, the device took note and became more willing to change its appearance, change its operation, and change its actions.

To this day, a nagging feeling follows him around that the device is lurking just around the next corner, disguised and willing to taunt him some more.

In fact, it remains in his old training room. Gathering dust. Wishing for a new student that needs its talents.

It may go mad if not found by a new student.

Or madder. It might be hard to tell.


Deal 1169: Squeak!

Life on the bat-stretching line is not for everyone. Especially not for those with extended hearing ranges.

They squeak when stretched, you know. Terribly loudly, but mostly also terribly high-pitched.

Most people find it rather off-putting. But without stretching, bats would never be as fit for flight.

Are your bats freshly stretched?

Does your belfry need attention?

A visit from a skilled bat-stretcher will cure-all that ails.


Deal 1168: Chicken little’s mirror

The magic mirror promised her beauty beyond compare. In exchange, she merely had to offer cautious advice to her friends.

This went on for some years without issue or concern, until the panic set in.

Little did she know what was in store for her. The sky had been her constant companion, and now it was at risk. She had to warn her friends.

But that put her at odds with her promise to her mirror.

How could she possibly decide?

Which came first?

Her image or her friends?

As she panicked unable to decide, the sky opened up and the storm arrived. The worst storm seen in the barnyard in generations.

As she floated off across the road, she knew she should have warned her friends, but her vanity had stood in the way.