Serializations of the Hitherby Dragons novels

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“It’s a fair assumption,” Amelia explains to the nurse at the hospital, some months later. “I mean, renegade alchemy is presumably heritable.”

“Yes, ma’am.”

Hospitals are invariably nice to people who can transmute lead into gold. She is receiving the VIP treatment even though she persistently claims, whenever anyone mentions the notion, that she is simply an ordinary renegade alchemist of no particular account. Then she giggles and stares off at the golden future.

She still can’t get over the fact, almost three years later, that she can get away with saying things like that without being glowered at by a toad.

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