"I have some news," he announced as casually as possible, "That you may find alarming."
I lowered the scroll I'd been scrutinizing.
"Er..." he fidgeted a bit and coughed, "There's a dragon parked in the stables."
I raised an eyebrow.
"And a princess with an ultimatum."
"Teach her magic or her dragon eats your favorite horse."
"Did you tell her she could just pay the tuition," I sighed.
"Oh! I'll do that right away, ma'am!"
A certain princess might do well to do a bit more research before turning up making demands.
@kelkyag Princesses can sometimes be so used to being barred from doing or learning things they will assume that's how they'll be treated everywhere.
So very many ways a magic teacher who doesn't like one can ruin one's life. Or just preemptively slaughter one's dragon.
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