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“Pius Vincenti is in his last days, your Majesty,” Lutinus said to the Emperor. “You must appoint a successor.”

The boy looked from Lutinus to me. His eyes were bright and huge looking in the dim hall.

“The sickness has…” the boy began. He faltered and had to start over. “The head priest is sick?”

“A madness grips him,” I said. “I believe he will be dead by nightfall.”

“My parents died of a fever,” the boy whispered. “How can illness be so pervasive? Can’t the Divinity protect us?”

“Prayers may do wonders,” I said. “We must pray for ourselves and the dead.”

“Even so,” Lutinus said. “We must choose a successor. Motley, do you have any suggestions?”

“Father Mab is a good choice. He is experienced, wise, and importantly of robust…

The colloquial phrase "dollars to donuts", sometimes spelled "dollars to doughnuts" or used with other monetary units, indicates that something is exceedingly likely to happen. When placing a bet, the person gambling feels that their outcome is a sure thing. They feel so confident that they believe they could gamble their dollars against someone else's donuts, indicating that even though the bet is lopsided the gambler thinks there is no way they can lose and they'll end up with a box of…

A formula constructed to make exciting stories, created by Lester Dent, he of Doc Savage fame. This formula was also touted by Michael Moorcock for new writers looking to get into the short story markets in the 1970's. Lester was able to write whole novels in a single week, and Michael Moorcock wrote one in a single weekend. This methodology can be expanded to any length and to any genre.

The formula was originally used by Lester to build 6,000 word stories, of which he wrote…

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