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Surely so. Norton squelched his misgivings and accepted the pajamas. Orlene showed him to a well appointed room, separate from hers; their relationship had not progressed to the critical stage. As he had known from the moment he first saw her, she was no one-nightstand girl. And he, abruptly, was no love-‘em-and-leave-’em guy. He was committed for the full route, whatever it might be. He discovered that he was quite tired; it had indeed been a long day. He undressed, stepped into the sonic cleaner, stepped out dry and tingly clean, then got into Gawain’s pajamas, reluctantly accepting their symbolism.
That reptile had very powerful jaws. When it crunched, no tooth penetrated-but I was squished to death. A dragon never would have done that, for fear of hurting its teeth against the magical hardness of the armor-but that stupid reptile did. ” The ghost sounded disgusted. “Now I understand,” Norton said. ” That was polite; Norton might have regretted meeting Gawain alive, too. “No fault of yours,” Gawain said. “You are a courteous listener. ” “Many people are more settled than I am,” Norton said.
Apparently enchantment has a sizable psychological component; people believe in its power, so it has power. A dragon would have known the armor was impermeable, since the smell of the spell was on it, and protected its teeth by easing up. The crunch would have been more show than serious; just testing, as it were. ” Norton protested. ” “True. My armor was impervious to the teeth of the monster,” Gawain agreed. “But the mail was flexible, so I could wear it with comfort and not be restricted when fighting.