Technically,’ I said, “I’m not breaking any of the Laws of Magic. I’m not robbing you of your will, so I’m clear of the Fourth Law. And you didn’t get loose, so I’m clear of the Seventh Law. The Council can bite me.’

The bone ridges above Chauncy’s eyes twitched. ‘Surely, that is merely a colorful euphemism, rather than a statement of desire.’

‘It is.

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