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“Jabberwock Keys” is a complete just-for-fun short story that could use some polishing. A man has entered a magic shop, looking for a monster guard for his treasures–the shopkeeper recommends a Jabberwock, plays a summoning on a silver flute, and something enormous comes out of the trees.
The Jabberwock towered above them, long neck carrying its head up high, baring its sharp teeth and deadly claws.
“This is Daisy,” the shopkeeper said, “Daisy, this is Magnus the Magnificent, who needs a guardian.”
The Jabberwock burbled, stomping closer and lowering her enormous head to study the sorcerer, tipping her head to peer at him from one crimson eye, and then the other. Finally, she nodded, and settled down on the grass, wrapping her tail neatly around herself.
“Daisy will work for you,” the shopkeeper handed Magnus the silver flute, “Use this to summon her. And don’t forget to pay her–I’m not responsible for her actions if you don’t.”
Magnus stared at the mountain of muscle and sharp edges curled up outside the shop. “Yes, I don’t imagine I’ll be doing that, thank you.”
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Due to NaNoWriMo, I’ll probably be a little slower than usual, but I still value your feedback, frazzled as I am!