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“Jabberwock Keys” is a complete just-for-fun short story that could use some polishing.
“The Jabberwock are deadly creatures, vicious and cunning, and perfect for guardians of treasure,” the shopkeeper said.
The sorcerer considered, staring thoughtfully around the magic shop. He’d already browsed before he came to the counter and summoned the shopkeeper to ask for his available hoard-guards. So he’d seen all the crystals glimmering in the dim light, the murky potions swirling in glass stoppered jars, dry and yellowing bones, herbs hanging from the rafters, and odd objects lurking in shadowy corners, but he studied them all again.
“I don’t know,” he said finally, “aren’t the Jabberwock a little… old-fashioned?”
“Jabberwock have never gone out of style, sir,” the shopkeeper said. “But if they don’t suit your needs… we have dragons, trolls, and ogres. And for the subtle shopper… sirens, basilisks, and banshees.”