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Chapter 25 - Awards and Bonus Pay

The next painful day, Elric was awakened by a foot digging into his side. Elric to rolled over and away from the intrusion and a shattering of glass pierced the veil of sleep.

Elric was lifted into the air and the sudden loss of a surface below him pulled him awake. Bright lights were moving towards his face. A croaking like sound escape from Elric’s throat as he attempted to yell.

“While HR is available to our employees when they need it,” Sandra said. “Passing out is generally not the use we encourage.” She waved a hand and Elric’s floating form moved towards the door. A small kindness, she lowered Elric before he hit the door frame, and his floating form floated out of the room. “Come back when you have cleaned up,” then she closed the door.

Elric picked himself off the stone floor, a pounding in his head making thinking difficult. In one hand he had a piece of wrinkled parchment. Around him was the hallway that lead to Ventus’s lair and the various Henchperson Resource offices. He…

Chapter 24 - Employee Suggestions

A large illusionary image filled the dragons cave. Giving a top down perspective in the image a couple of humans wandered the halls of a temple. Each carried a backpack almost as big as them on their backs. Clanking with each step from weapons and armor, and metal objects in the backpacks.

The hallway ended in a large round room. In the center of the room a stone pedestal with a book setting on it. The two humans carefully entered the room and walked around the walls. Each examining the wall for cracks, buttons, and holes. Upon finding no traps along the walls they carefully walked to the middle of the room. Another long minute passed as they examined the book and two foot tall pedestal. One of them picked up the book.

A block of stone slammed over the entrance, blocking the two people in. A hum filled the air and both adventurers crouched, readying for an attack. The hum got louder and both of them felt themselves being pulled into the air. The hum increased and their backpacks flew …

Chapter 23 - Project Management - Closure

The second and third day of setting up additional OR-5651’s went better. Elric prepared sleep spells for the goats and was able to avoid getting blood on his clothing. The energy to set up each room was intensive so he could only do one room per day. At the end of the final day in Hausten, Elric went to a tavern to celebrate.

After changing his clothes into something more casual, Elric stepped out of the inn. The sun had already set and the streets were almost empty. A pair of guards wandered around lighting lamps along the street. Faintly in the distance, Elric heard music playing. With a swift pace, he headed towards the music.

The Rose and the Thorn was a large tavern. The building was easily a hundred feet long and three stories tall. Several large windows were along the street every 10 feet. Wooden shutters hung in each, some open and some closed. A stage sat in a corner of the building near some windows. The glow from inside the building like the music spilled out into the stree…

Chapter 22 - Project Management - Execution

Elric stretched and stood up. The runes he had carved on the floor looked correct. Moving over to a different side, he studied them again. He could not find any flaw, now it was a matter of testing. Slowly and stiffly he walked over to one of the goats. He untied it from the other and pulled it towards the runes.

The goat struggled against Elric’s directions and thankfully the center of the room wasn’t very far. Elric pulled a wooden rod out of a pouch, held it in the air, pressed an almost invisible button on it. As he let go, the rod stayed in place. Quickly he looped the goats leash around it and tied a secure knot.

“Sorry about this,” Elric said as he pulled out a knife from his belt. Swiftly he cut the goats neck and held it as it struggled. Blood spurted on the floor and runes, after realizing it was going everywhere, Elric directed the stream into a bucket. When the bucket was close to full, the goat had ceased struggling, slowly he lowered the corpse and got a second bucket. I…

Chapter 21 - Project Management - Initiation

Elric easily walked from the inn he was staying at to Victor Von Vissionstein’s mansion. The customer maintained a beautiful house in the city of Hausten. The gates opened for Elric as he approached and he was immediately greeted by four guards. They all wore full armor and helmets covering every inch of their body. One of them stepped up towards Elric and raised their faceplate. The man had a huge boil on the tip of his nose that Elric think of clown.

“This is private property, if you do not have business here, please leave.” The Clown guard said.

“I do have business, if you allow me to get the letter.” Elric said.  Slowly he moved his right hand towards one of his pockets. He watched the guards to make sure none of them made a movement. The standoff continued as Elric reached his hand into the pocket, slowly pulled out the rolled up scroll, then slowly presented it to Clown guard.

With a almost shocking speed the Clown guard reached out and took the offered scroll. With a step backw…

Chapter 20 - Personal Improvement Plan - Step 3: Actionable items

“Eft, now that you know the secret, I believe you have something to tell Elric.” Ventus said to Elric and Eft as they sat around a table. The two goblins sat in tall chairs so they were able to look at Elric eye to eye. Ventus was in his goblin form to prevent any accidents. The two goblins sat in tall chairs so they were able to look at Elric eye to eye.  While the dragon was still angry, he at least recognized it was no fault of his workers in front of him.

“Um, that is a lot to take in.” Eft said fidgeting with his hands a little. The old goblin shook a little in fear.

“Eft,” Ventus said, his voice rising a little. Even in the goblin form, a little cloud of smoke puffed out of his mouth.

“I’m sorry that I lied to you Elric.” Eft said looking down and away from Elric and Ventus.

“It is ok, I forgive you.” Elric said quickly without thinking. After the fire protection potion had saved Elric’s life, he felt a small debt towards Eft.

“Tell him what the lie was.” Ventus said. With his a…

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