Sunday, October 16, 2011

Are you a dummy?

Mataoka opened her mail, an ordinary thing to do on an ordinary day.

The post, however, was far from ordinary. "Bewitched" may be a better word.

Out poured a level of generosity and largess she had never seen previously.

The requisition listed the following:

200 +/- Hypnotic dust bundles
50 Greater Celestial Essences
32 Heavenly shards
16K gold pieces
3 Maelstrom crystals
1 Embersilk bag
1 Vial of the Sands
and 1 Calico cat (freshly groomed and neutered)

A nearby paladin caught her before she fainted on the curb, while a friendly warlock grabbed her smelling salts. Matty took a deep breath, and promised her benefactor she would keep all safe in case he changed his mind.

Postscript: One of my favorite scenes in the movie based on the Roald Dahl book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, is when one of Charlie's grandfathers tells him not to give up his Golden Ticket for something as common as money:

Grandpa George: There's plenty of money out there. They print more every day. But this ticket, there's only five of them in the whole world, and that's all there's ever going to be. Only a dummy would give this up for something as common as money. Are you a dummy? 

I tried to look for my copy of the book to verify its existence in the original story, but got distracted by a cup of coffee and load of laundry. 

My GM calls me "Matilda" from time to time. I am in good company. Think of this quote, too:

“Matilda said, "Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog. Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy it's unbelievable...” 
 Roald Dahl, Matilda

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