Serializations of the Hitherby Dragons novels

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. . . the doctor stares into the nictitating membrane of the baby’s eyes.

“Doctor,” prompts the nurse.

The doctor emits a startled, reflex action! He slaps the baby.

It takes a breath.

The doctor winces at that.

There are actually very clear instructions . . . from the Agency! . . . that babies with nictitating membranes and the birthmark symbol of Lemuria on their arm are to be left un-slapped and let to die. But he cannot take it back.

“Um,” says the doctor, vaguely.

“Let me hold him!” says Amelia. She glances reflexively at the toad.

. . . It isn’t there.

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