Spirit of the Wind

Spirit of the Wind

Bridges of Time

Chris Pierson

“‘I am not making up stories,’ said Catt Thistleknot. The little kender’s eyebrows knitted in vexation. ‘I did too see a boat fall from the sky last month.'” (7)

“‘Merldon Metwinger says his daughter married Uncle Trapspringer.’

‘It’s distinctly possible, Kronn said. ‘Uncle Trapspringer is quite a catch, and I know for a fact that he’s been married seven or nine times.'” (8)

“Giffel folded his arms across his chest. ‘I’m not supposed to say,’ he answered. ‘Kronn gave specific instructions not to let anyone know he was in Woodsedge.'” (11)

“What might seem a feat of reckless bravery to a human, a kender regards as no big deal. ‘I could have done that, if I wanted,’ is a favorite kender saying.” (12)

“No, what drew the kender’s attention to Kronin was that his deeds made him a hero to other races of Ansalon.” (13)

“‘Remember when you were young, how he used to put salamanders in her boots?’ Kronin asked wistfully.

‘Of coarse I do.’ Kronn grinned wryly. ‘It was my idea'” (18)

“‘Kronn?’ Kronin asked, ‘What’s wrong?’

‘Uh,’ he said, ‘have you noticed, there’s an absolutely enormous dragon out there?’

‘Really?'” (19)

“The kender were the only people who could be counted on to travel in these dread times; unfortunately, much to the townsfolk’s horror, they could also be counted on to continue being kender.” (30)

“Caramon had a vague recollection of Tas saying once that the strange hairstyle was a sign of noble blood among kender. Flint had had a thing or two to say about using ‘noble’ and ‘kender’ in the same sentence.” (45)

“‘Kendermore?’ echoed Caramon, incredulous.

Catt leaned over the bar, her brow furrowing. ‘I don’t mean to intrude,’ she said, ‘but is there a reason you’re pouring beer all over the floor?'” (46)

“‘He’s not the man he used to be, you know. He’s old, fat, slow-and he never was very bright. I doubt he could even kill a hobgoblin these days.’

‘Thanks, Tika,’ Caramon muttered.” (48)

“Kronn frowned thoughtfully. ‘I hope this doesn’t have anything to do with that misunderstanding last night. I thought I explained that it wasn’t my fault those sacred talismans ended up in my pouch. If they’d taken them down when the storm started, they wouldn’t have been blowing around like crazy, and I wouldn’t have had to keep them safe. They should thank me, actually.'” (77)

“‘But who am I, Father? Chieftain’s third child, the extra daughter. I have no place.'” (Brightdawn) (79)

“The older kender ((Catt)) had pitched in with the sailors from the start… Which is the main reason they hadn’t yet killed Kronn.”

“Catt nodded. ‘So what’s our plan?’

‘Plan?’ said Kronn. ‘The plan is to rescue them.’

Catt made a face. ‘And how do you think we’re going to manage that?’

‘I’m working on that part.'” (120)

((After Riverwind’s flute ended up in Kronn’s pouch)) “‘All my life, through Darkness and light,’ he ((Riverwind)) said, ‘I have kept this flute. I took it with me on my courting quest and carried it to war. I played it that night in Solace, when I met Tanis and Caramon and the others. And-it is the only thing I have left to remind me of my grandfather. Even his face is no longer clear in my memory, but I can still see his hands as he guided my fingers over the holes.’

The kender nodded solemnly. ‘I’m surprised you’re so careless with it, if it’s so important.'” (145)

“‘Trapspringer’s ghost,’ she ((Catt)) gasped. ‘She’s ((Billee)) shaking. She is afraid.’

‘I don’t understand,’ Swiftraven said. ‘I thought you people weren’t able to feel fear.’

Catt looked up at the plainsfolk, her eyes wide and confused. ‘That’s what I thought, too.'” (163)

“‘You brought humans with you!’

‘Of coarse I did,’ Kronn answered. ‘That’s what Pax sent us to do.’

‘But I never thought you’d actually find someone who was willing to come or find your way back through the army of ogres.’ (188)

“A sign hung above the bungalow’s door. It read ‘Arlie Longfinger: Herbalist, Chirugeon and Healer of Ills. Reasonable Rates.’ Underneath, stenciled in red, were the words ‘No Livestock.’

The cottage’s front door swung open. An ancient, wizened kender tottered on the stoop, peering out at them through bottle-thick spectacles. ‘Yes, what is it?’ he snapped. ‘Someone’s cow giving sour milk? Or does your chicken have the mumps? Honestly I-‘” (192)

“‘She took a bump on her head, and it knocked her out for a while, but there’s no permanent damage.’

‘I always said it was a good thing you Thistleknots had such thick skulls,’ Giffel joked. (193)

“The next day, Catt Thistleknot woke with a headache the likes of which she had never felt before. ‘I wish I were dead,’ she moaned thickly.

‘Good morning to you, too,” said Kronn.” (200)

“One of the problems with Kendermore-although its people never really considered it a problem-was that it had nothing whatsoever that resembled a jail. There wasn’t much point, according to kender thinking. After all, a city only needed a jail if it had criminals, and Kendermore was happily short of crime.” (255)

“‘Look, Riverwind’ Kronn had explained. ‘The dwarves have a saying about us-well, they have lots of sayings about us, and frankly I find most of them pretty offensive. But this one’s true. ‘There’s nothing worse than a bored kender.'” (256)

“Then the door had swung open, and Giffel had turned, waving cheerily to the furious, hairless ogre, and walked into the vault.

‘Hi!’ he’d begun brightly. ‘You must be Baloth. Pleased to meet you. My name’s Giffel Birdwhistle. I’ve had a very interesting life. Would you like to hear about it?’

At around midnight a strange sound had risen from behind the vault door-a low, strained whimpering that nearly drowned out the sound of Giffel’s prattling voice. The guards outside the cell had listened to it with rapt interest. They had never heard an ogre weep before.” (257)

“‘Blood Watch,’ Elistan had said, ‘was once a monastery devoted to an ancient god of thought-Majere, the disks of Mishakal call him. Of coarse, it wasn’t called Blood Watch then. That would come after.'” (261)

((Kender to the ogres))”‘Do the lice ever complain about how bad you smell?’

‘What are you nine feet tall? I didn’t know they piled dung that high!’

‘Do ogre women really like men whose teeth look like smutty corn cobs?’

‘Say you’ve got a great big boil right-oh, sorry, that’s your face.’

‘Wow! A five-hundred-pound walking wart!’

‘Hey, liver-brain! I’ve seen things living under rocks that could outwit you.’

‘So, when did you find out your sister and your grandmother were the same person?’

‘Great Reorx, you’re ugly. One look at you would make Lord Soth cry for his mother! What are you, part troll or something?’



‘Overgrown, dimwitted, bandy-legged, slack-jawed, dirt-sucking heaps of rotting goblin excrement!'” (311)

“In the end barely two thousand ogres remained-but they had conquered the kender capital.

Which was just what the kender wanted.” (314)

“‘Hey!’ the kender taunted. ‘Do you smear yourselves with filth on purpose, or does it just happen naturally?'” (318)

“As she rolled to a stop, she caught a glimpse of Paxina lying on her back, a smile on her face.

‘Oh, well,’ the Lord Mayor said unafraid. ‘It was fun while it lasted.’ (326)

“Kronn watched him, craning his neck curiously, then caught his breath when the plainsman produced his worn, bonewood flute.

‘I want you to have this,’ Riverwind said.

Kronn stared at it, his mouth agape. ‘I can’t take that.’

The old plainsman laughed suddenly, eyes sparkling. ‘That’s something I never thought I’d hear a kender say,’ he said.” (332)

Kan-tocah, it read. Forgive me, I will wait for you.

She stared at the words long into the night.” (346)

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Last modified on October 18, 2009