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By Terry Pratchett

It's a dreamy midsummer's evening within the country of Lancre. yet tune and romance are usually not the one issues filling the air. Magic and mischief are afoot, threatening to damage the royal marriage ceremony of King Verence and his favourite witch, Magrat Garlick. Invaded by way of a few Fairie Trash, quickly it will not be purely champagne that is flowing in the course of the streets . . .

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We’ve bought dozens of spare bedrooms,” stated Magrat, “and they’re all prepared for the site visitors. we will be able to placed her in a single of them. Um. Nanny? ” “Yes? ” “Would you're keen on to be a bridesmaid? ” “Not quite, pricey. Bit previous for that kind of factor. ” Nanny hovered. “There isn’t something you must inquire from me, although, is there? ” “What do you suggest? ” “What along with your mum being useless and also you having no girl kin and everything…” Magrat nonetheless regarded questioned. “After the marriage, is what I’m hinting about,” stated Nanny. “Oh, that. No, such a lot of that’s being performed through a caterer. The prepare dinner the following isn’t a lot strong at canapes and issues. ” Nanny appeared conscientiously on the ceiling. “And what approximately after that? ” she stated. “If you trap my which means. ” “I’m getting loads of ladies in to do the clearing up. glance, don’t fear. I’ve considered every thing. I want you and Granny wouldn’t deal with me as though I don’t comprehend whatever. ” Nanny coughed. “Your man,” she stated. “Been round a section, I count on? Been jogging out with dozens of younger girls, I’ve without doubt. ” “Why do you are saying that? I don’t imagine he has. Fools don’t have a lot of a personal existence and, after all, he’s been very busy when you consider that he’s been king. He’s a piece shy with ladies. ” Nanny gave up. “Oh, well,” she stated, “I’m definite you’ll paintings all of it out as you—” Granny and the king reappeared. “How’s the lady? ” acknowledged Granny. “We took out the arrow and wiped clean up the wound, anyway,” stated Magrat. “But she won’t get up. most sensible if she remains right here. ” “You yes? ” acknowledged Granny. “She wishes keeping track of. I’ve acquired a spare bed room. ” “She shouldn’t be moved,” stated Magrat, promptly. “They’ve positioned their mark on her,” acknowledged Granny. “You certain you know the way to accommodate it? ” “I do understand it’s fairly a foul wound,” stated Magrat, promptly. “I ain’t precisely pondering the wound,” stated Granny. “She’s been touched by means of them is what I suggest. She’s—” “I’m certain i understand how to accommodate a ailing person,” acknowledged Magrat. “I’m no longer completely silly, you recognize. ” “She’s to not be left alone,” Granny persevered. “There’ll be a lot of people around,” acknowledged Verence. “The site visitors commence arriving the next day to come. ” “Being by myself isn’t similar to no longer having people around,” stated Granny. “This is a fort, Granny. ” “Right. good. We won’t preserve you, then,” stated Granny. “Come, Gytha. ” Nanny Ogg helped herself to an aged lamb chop from lower than one of many silver covers, and waved it vaguely on the royal pair. “Have fun,” she stated. “Insofar as that’s attainable. ” “Gytha! ” “Coming. ” Elves are terrific. They galvanize ask yourself. Elves are excellent. They reason marvels. Elves are very good. they carry fantasies. Elves are glamorous. They undertaking glamour. Elves are captivating. They weave attraction. Elves are excellent. They beget terror. the article approximately phrases is that meanings can twist similar to a snake, and a good way to locate snakes search for them in the back of phrases that experience replaced their that means. not anyone ever acknowledged elves are great. Elves are undesirable. “Well, that’s it,” acknowledged Nanny Ogg, because the witches walked out over the castle’s drawbridge. “Well performed, Esme. ” “It ain’t over,” acknowledged Granny Weatherwax.

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