“What do you have there?” asked Zeah.
“It’s magic glass,” replied Saba, holding up a small square of very dark but very shiny material.
“This conversation sounds like the beginning of a fairy tale. Did you trade your magic beans to get this magic glass?”
“Don’t be silly Mr. Korlann. I didn’t have any magic beans and this cost me 75P.”
“Good heavens. Why would you pay seventy five pfennigs for that?”
“For the eclipse.”
“Sure. There’s an eclipse today. Almost a full one. If we were in the channel it would be full. It would get dark in the middle of the day.”
“Oh, yes yes. It was in the paper. I imagine it will be spectacular enough right here in Brech City. But what is the glass for?”
“Haven’t you ever heard that you shouldn’t stare at an eclipse because you’ll go blind?”
“I can’t tell you how much that has worried me since I found that out,” said Saba. “I’m always afraid that I might accidentally look at the sun and it would be just my luck that there was an eclipse going on right then and I would go blind.”
“Well, first off, there’s nothing special about an eclipse that is worse on your eyes. Stare at the sun anytime, eclipse or no, and you risk damage to your…”
“Anyway,” the boy interrupted. “I got this glass so I can watch the eclipse. You can stare at it all day through this and not get blinded. Can’t see a bloody thing through it now though.” He tried to look at the head butler through the small pane held to his right eye.
“Let’s hope it really works,” said Zeah skeptically. “I trust you bought it from a reputable dealer.”
“Sure. I got it at the potion shop on Avenue Phoenix. They’re selling loads of them. If it doesn’t work, they’ll be hip deep in angry blind people.”