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“Wow, that took a while.”

“What did you expect?”

“I don’t know. A puff of smoke. Some harp music.”

“You’ve seen too many fairytales.”

“I wasn’t expecting to have to watch the metamorphosis.”

“Well, it’s over now. So . . .”

“What are you doing?”

“Picking up where we left off.”

“I don’t think so. You should probably wash some of that shredded toad off of you. And you’re naked. That’s moving a little fast for me.”

“You’re telling me you were willing to kiss a toad, but not a handsome prince?”

“Aren’t we full of ourselves already. You can’t see yourself, how do you know you’re handsome? And you didn’t have to watch yourself writhing on the ground in the transformation.”

“I didn’t realize you were so shallow. How did you ever break the curse?”

“You were so humble before. I did genuinely believe I loved you and we could live happily ever after. You kept telling me how beautiful I am. You should see yourself—you’re prettier than I am now. You’ve changed.”

“I am the same person inside that I was half hour ago.”


“Right. So, I should just go then?”

“I’ll always cherish our talks by the pond.”

“Tell it to the next amphibian.”