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The Sea Fairies

16. The Top Of The Great Dome
Cap'n Bill's heart was beating pretty vast, but he did not let Zog know that. Trot was so
sure of the protection of the fairy mermaids that she would not allow herself to become
frightened. Aquareine and Clia were as calm as if nothing had happened.
"Please excuse this little interruption," said Zog. "I knew very well the marble blocks
would not hurt you. But the play is over for a time. You may now retire to your rooms,
and when I again invite you to my presence, I shall have found some better ways to
entertain you."
Without reply to this threat, they turned and followed Sacho from the hall, and the boy
led them straight back to their own rooms.
"Zog is making a great mistake," said Sacho with a laugh. "He has no time for vengeance,
but the great magician does not know that."
"What is he trying to do, anyway?" asked Trot.
"He does not tell me all his secrets, but I've an idea he wants to kill you," replied Sacho.
"How absurd it is to be plotting such a thing when he might spend his time in laughing
and being jolly! Isn't it, now?"
"Zog is a wicked, wicked creature!" exclaimed Trot.
"But he had his good points," replied Sacho cheerfully. "There is no one about in the
world so bad that there is nothing good about him."
"I'm not so sure of that," said Cap'n Bill. "What are Zog's good points?"
"All his slaves were saved from drowning, and he is kind to them," said Sacho.
"That is merely the kindness of selfishness," said Aquareine. "Tell me, my lad, is the
opening in the great dome outside guarded?"
"Yes indeed," was the reply. "You cannot hope to escape in that way, for the prince of the
sea devils, who is the largest and fiercest of his race, lies crouched over the opening night
and day, and none can pass his network of curling legs."
"Is there no avenue that is not guarded?" continued Aquareine.
"None at all, your Majesty. Zog is always careful to be well guarded, for he fears the
approach of an enemy. What this enemy can be to terrify the great magician I do not
know, but Zog is always afraid and never leaves an entrance unguarded. Besides, it is an
 
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