By Piers Anthony
Unique e-book: 1979
Millie, a ghost for 800 years desires just one man--Jonathan, and he's a zombie. To turn out himself, Magician Dor volunteers to get the potion which can fix Jonathan to complete existence. yet he has to return via time to do it, to a peril-haunted, historic Xanth, the place chance lurks at each turn....
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It was sort of strange and fun, not nearly as bad as I had feared. ” Dor was ashamed to comment. He had never kissed a woman other than his mother, who of course didn’t count. He thought fleetingly of Millie. If— “But after a while I began to miss Xanth,” the gorgon continued. “The magic, the special creatures—do you know I even got to miss the tangle trees? When you’re born to magic you can’t just set it aside; it is part of your being. So I had to come back. But that meant—you know, more statues.
After all, if the thing caught on to his ruse, it would be a very angry cactus. “Sure was nice meeting you, cactus. You’re a real sharp creature. Not like the one I encountered the other day, who tried to put a needle in my back. I fear I lost my temper. Tempering takes a lot of heat. I fired up like a wounded salamander, and I went back and hugged that poor cactus until all its needles burst into flame. The scorch marks are still on it, but I’m happy to say that it will probably survive. Lucky it was a wet day, raining in fact, so my heat only cooked its outer layers some instead of setting the whole thing on fire.
Suddenly the ground was far below, and getting farther; already the Magician’s castle seemed small. ” Dor cried, his vision recoiling. “Nonsense,” Grundy retorted. “You made it up here okay, didn’t you? ” Dor cried, horrified. ” “What you need is a good meal to settle your stomach during the boring flight,” Grundy said. “Let’s just get this white bottle open—” “I’m not hungry! ” The golem hauled at the cork, and it popped out. Fine smoke issued, swirled, and coalesced into two fine sandwiches, a brimming glass of milk, and a sprig of parsley.