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She was alone there in the enormous woodland cottage, and she still had to haul the BFG10K back to Fahrenheit Island. ” “Yeah, yeah, I’m almost back there, hang on. ” “Lucy, do you know who’s in the cottage? ” “What? Hell no. Noobs. Someone’s butler. I dunno. Jesus, that spawn gate—” “Girls. Little girls in Mexico. Getting paid a dollar a day to craft shirts. Except they don’t get their dollar when we kill them. ” “Oh, for chrissakes, is that what one of them told you? Do you believe everything someone tells you in-game?

I’m calling them. ” There was a muting click as Lucy rang off and Anda used up a scrying scroll to examine the inventories of the guards around the corner. The more she looked, the more scared she got. They were loaded down with spells; a cou­ ple of them were guarding BFGs and what looked like an even bigger BFG, maybe the fabled BFG10K, something that was removed from the game economy not long after ANDA’S GAME 39 gameday one, as too disruptive to the balance of power. Supposedly, one or two existed, but that was just a rumour.

Yeah—that’s the orders. Kill them all and then I’ll make a phone call and some guys will come by and verify it and then you haul ass back to the island. I’m coming out there to meet you, but it’s a long haul from the respawn gate. ” “Sure,” Anda said, and killed two more. That left ten. One two one two and through and through, she thought, lopping their heads off. Her vorpal blade went snickersnack. One left. He stood off in the back. > no porfa quiero mi plata Italian? No, Spanish. She’d had a term of it in Third Form, though she couldn’t understand what this twit was saying.

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