I…I’m not quite sure how it happened, but I find myself wedged into the automobile with Sigyn, the humans and one of their more voluble friends. We are, apparently, en route to the annual fountain pen show in the big city to the north. This means I can look forward to three and a half hours of discussion in transit of the merits and/or failings of different brands of pens, paper, inks, and whatnottery. As if I cared.
Still, Sigyn likes looking at all the pretty colors of inks, and I will admit that I do like to keep abreast of the newest in pens and inks, if only so I can have a better chance of putting together a combination that is going to get the human female smeary to the elbows and swearing like Niffelheim fishwife. So I’m not discontent to be going, just ready to be out of this vehicle.
Ah! And here we are, in the busy, bustling show room. I can scarce credit that there are so many persons infected with Pen Pox in the state. Still, when you consider that the human male has probably infected a dozen victims himself, I suppose it stands to reason.
Sigyn is captivated by a tray of antique pens.
Is it the muted colors of celluloid which beckon, my love? Or are you merely enamored of the word “snorkel.”
Here is a matching pen and pencil set. I think I know why Sigyn likes this one.
Fandrals Mustache! Look at the prices! The pen sold for $18.50 back in its prime. It is now priced at $360.00, a nearly twenty-fold increase. Clearly, I need to invent a time machine so I can travel back, buy up a bunch of cheap pens, bring them forward, and make a bundle selling them to
suckers discerning customers.
Great Frigga’s Corset! What is he doing here?
Can I go nowhere without running into my oafish brother?! And what is he doing at a pen show? The idiot can barely write his own name with one of those monstrously fat pencils they let infants use.
Augh! He is accompanied by another fearsome warrior, one who looks to be from the same realm as Hogun.
Stand down, you fools! I mean you no harm, but if it’s a fight you seek, I am only too willing to oblige!