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Book 2 emblem Book 2: Angleworm Page 31: Mysteries
 
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Zane, smiling, says, "I'm Wadsworth Zane, Encyclopedia Atlantica salesman and antiques dealer!" The man, rifling through his bag, says "A pleasure! Lemme see if I have a copy of an antique *I* wrote." The large window running along the length of the building lets in a great deal of bright white light, and the walls and floor are muted greys and greens.

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Zane asks, "What kinda writer are you, Mr. Novacek?" The man answers, "*Mystery* stories, mostly." He is passing Zane a thick blue book with a pulp-style cover. The book is titled "The Knife Struck 12" in red text bordered with yellow. Above the title is the tagline "A man! A woman! A midnight murder spree!" in yellow. Underneath the title is an image of a young blonde lady with bright red lipstick, looking to the side and unconscious that someone is aiming a dagger at her back. Behind her are silhouettes of buildings against the night sky. The man's name is "H. David Novacek."

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Novacek continues, "Plenty of mysteries in *this* part of the country! I'm doing a little research for the next story." Zane, looking down at the book with a bemused expression says "Gosh, I never read mysteries. They give me the fidgets." Mercy is clinging to his back, seemingly checking out the cover from behind him.

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Novacek, his face serious, asks "What about the mystery behind how you got your little *winged friend*?" Zane answers "Mercy? I found her hurt on the street one day. Must have flown into a window..." Mercy peers at the man.

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Zane smiles as he makes a gesture of explanation with one hand and says "After I got her back to health, she didn't seem to want to *leave*, and that suited me just fine." Mercy, clinging to his arm, makes an "eeee!" noise.

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Novacek says "For a while I was wondering if pet bats were a *thing* in town. That or the place is just lousy with them." Zane smiles, his eyes closed, and puts his hands up in a gesture of amusement. He says "Ha ha. I think I'd remember seeing more than one bat!" Behind him, Mercy is extending one wing.

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