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The Prisoners And Magicians Of The House Of Swan, by
Patrick Volpe. 98 pages, $2.
(You and Scott, a boy who is helping you, have just discovered a battle site. The Mt.
Amazons had fought with a huge monster and lost. The site has been plundered by savages,
but each of the male Mt. Amazons had one link of a gold chain remaining attached to their
belt.) Scott asks why the savages left one link of the gold chain behind. You tell
him probably because they only had tools made of iron or weaker metals. As the first link
is partially protected by the steel of the belt, they probably were unable to remove it.
Then you stop and think. Scott's question has made you realize something big. But this
time the smart little fink hasn't figured it out before you did! You insert the tip of
your steel sword into the link, twisting it open. Steel is a lot stronger than either iron
or gold. You pick up the gold link and put it in Scott's hand. You ask "About how
many pieces of gold do you think that link is worth?" When he tells you about two,
you agree with him. You then add "There are 98 dead Mt. Amazon males here. I think
we'll find 98 gold links. At two gold coins each, that is 196 gold pieces in all. Added to
the money I've got, I'd say we may be able to buy a horse after all." You don't tell
him that his last question made you realize all this. You want him to think that you
thought it all by yourself, at least for now.
Scott and you search the rest of the dead Mt. Amazons. As you guessed, neither of the
two female warriors had metal belts. But, all of the 98 male braves and warriors had them.
As each belt had one link of its gold chain remaining, you found 98 gold links. You head
for the city of Corinth with your new found gold.
You have not traveled far before the sun sets. You have gone without much sleep for two
days, so you'd like to stop for the night. Yet, you remember that there is a carnivorous
monster somewhere around here. Maybe you should continue until you are in the city. Then
again, there are Mt. Amazons in the city. If they come across you, you won't be safe there
either. Or, you could return to the battle site and search it again. You found a lot
of gold there, do you know a reason to continue searching there? What do you decide to do?
If you decide to stop for the night, turn to the next page.
If you decide to continue walking till you get to Corinth, turn to page 61.
If you decide to return to the battle site to search it again, turn to page 50.
(Next page.) You decide to stop for the night. You and Scott badly need the rest, and
you can take turns sleeping. With a monster about, you will have to keep a watch, just to
play it safe. Scott decides to take the first shift, so you tell him to stay awake and
wake you before moonrise. You then go to sleep. When the moon has climbed high in the
night sky, you open your eyes. Wondering what woke you, you turn to ask Scott why he
failed to do so. Just then the ground shakes. You see that Scott has fallen asleep, and
that an enormous creature is moving in on him. It is a huge dinosaur, and the shaking is
from its feet hitting the ground. The shaking of the ground must have woke you. You should
have never trusted a boy who has hardly slept for two days to keep the watch. You yell at
Scott and grab for your sword...