AN ARGUMENT IN THIS TIME ROUND by Ken Young
[At their regular table, Varne was looking at Magnus in sheer
Varne: "You've done _what_?"
Magnus: "You heard me. I have gotten us both part-time teaching
jobs at the local high school."
Varne: "But, don't they need _qualified_ teachers?"
Magnus: "The administration is quite... 'flexible' when assessing
qualifications. I will be teaching physics, maths and basic
magical theory. I got you on teaching chemistry and physical
Varne: "Lord, this is ridiculous. The place cannot pay more than
Magnus: "You keep complaining about my drinking when I am
not working, so I decided to get extra work. Besides, you have
done teaching work before."
Varne: "But that was Advanced Metamorphism back home,
when I was doing that postgraduate course in Divination. I never
did find out who stuck me with that."
Magnus: "Your Grandfather was worried about the fees;
sacrificial beasts for Entrail Reading do not come cheap."
Varne: "But, even so."
Magnus: "Oh, there was another qualification we both have that I
neglected to mention. Both of us are familiar with just about all
the alien life forms and tough enough to hold our own in an
argument with them. I gather staff turnover is a real problem
Varne: "I never liked teaching."
Magnus: "Into every life some rain must fall. Your first class is
Wednesday week and they are going to show us 'round the school
Varne: "Yes, Lord. I hear and obey."
Magnus: "Cheer up Varne, the other offer was from St Trinians. Oh and
you can call me Magister now."
Characters Magnus and Varne
Summary In which our intrepid pair get a new job.