Question Quest (Xanth, Book 14)

By Piers Anthony

Being grown up is a drag . . . or so thinks Lacuna, one of many michievous citadel Zombie twins. So she makes the nice Magician gray an a proposal he can't refuse. Thirsty for a flavor of the Elixir of juvenile, she'll aid him outwit the evil Com-Pewter if he'll ship her to Hell (in a handbasket, no much less) to discover Humphrey, the lacking sorcerer. And whereas there, she'll study the real background of Xanth (simplified) and support rescue a blushing Rose from the demon X(A/N) . . . with assistance from a gorgon or .

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I reached over my shoulder and fished for a bottle. I wasted no time, however the land darkened and brightened two times extra whereas I did this. i discovered my quicksand and sprinkled a few on my ft. It counteracted the slowsand, and that i used to be in a position to breakthrough out of the patch. yet I had misplaced 3 days. thankfully I wasn’t on a time table, so far as I knew, and that i wasn’t hungry, simply because my inner methods were slowed too. nonetheless, i might need to be extra cautious. I now had no doubt that i used to be within the neighborhood of chateau Roogna. I remembered that King Roogna, whose expertise used to be adapting magic to his function had tailored many stuff to the protection of the fort. His expertise used to be just like that of the later King Ebnez, other than that Roogna handled dwelling magic whereas Ebnez tailored inanimate magic. in fact sand wanted no version; all it wanted used to be to be there, and it had its impression. How the King had controlled to maneuver it right here, faraway from its ordinary habitat, I hesitated to wager. however it had on the subject of stopped my develop. good, onward. Time was once now not of the essence, yet Peggy should be getting impatient for my go back. I remembered how, goodbye in the past, MareAnn and that i had spent the evening within the werehouse and been taken some distance afield. in reality, the entire manner throughout the—the—across someplace, to the South Village. The terrible unicorns should have dutifully again to find just a naked patch of floor the place the home have been. Had they neighed soulfully, considering us eternally misplaced? was once Peggy now fretting equally, having was hoping for my go back good inside 3 days? I regretted placing her via that. I brushed via a nondescript bush. there has been a faint calling sound—and without notice my intestine boiled up. I grabbed for my trousers and yanked them down slightly in time to allow me squat. My nether innards blew out their contents. Then I felt relaxed, and that i discovered what had occurred. I had touched a nature bush and been known as by way of it. This was once its manner of having fertilizer. A innocuous ploy—but had I now not reacted speedy, i might have dirty my trousers and been in a slightly awkward scenario. I have been careless back. I reassembled myself and advanced back. there have been different trees, yet no longer of a similar style. nonetheless, they have been surprising, and that i most well liked to prevent them. there has been no telling what sort of magic they may have. yet there has been a midway sturdy line of them, the leaves of 1 touching the leaves of its buddies. i couldn't go with no touching them. So I took a working bounce and sailed over them. My first-class overall healthiness had by no means abated, and that i may well transparent hurdles that will were insurmountable in my adolescence ahead of I fell within the therapeutic spring. the end of 1 stem touched my foot. abruptly i used to be spinning within the air, tumbling uncontrolled. I got here down turning like a wheel, rolling down a grassy slope towards a muddy pond. I had touched a tumbleweed! I controlled to forestall my roll earlier than plunging into the dust. I lifted my face—and there has been someone’s backside, large and stinky. I wrinkled my nostril opposed to the smell of rotting cheese.

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