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"I can't make a council out of those...people."

Eversio looked at me, stunned.

"Well, what do you propose we do?"

"Could I...have some...um, earthlings on the council?"

"We use the term human." he offered, "And no. No way in hell. But we could always hold more interviews-"

"-No way in hell."

He sighed.

"Well, then, I don't know how you expect to get anywhere, commander."

I sighed too, leaning my head on my elbow. 

"Wait!" I started, "I have an idea!"

"Um, yes I understand. Sorry about that."

I put the ancient phone down and sighed.

"Any luck?" Eversio asked, looking somewhat smug.

"Actually," I replied, shrugging, "I've been phoning around and managed to get some council members."

"Who are they?" he asked, looking at the list I'd made and then laughing, "Seriously?"

"Yeah." I glowered, "Seriously."

He glanced at the list again.

"Well, you still have a spot left. Could I choose a member?"

I didn't want to offend him, so I nodded.

Mistake.

"Oh my gosh, I'm like so happy you guys chose me!"

I plastered on a smile and nodded. 

"Of course, Manni." 

My voice sounded much less enthusiastic, and I tapped my fingers on the desk. We were in another room, one with a large round table and highbacked chairs that would serve well for meetings. The only problem was that Manni was the earliest arrival and Eversio had poofed off to leave me alone with her.

She was eating my ear off.

"Um, Manni, can you stop that?" I asked politely, waving her away from the ear in question.

"Oh, sorry." she laughed, "It's, like, a really bad habit. You could actually get a lot of money for organs around these parts, you know? And, like, you're not going to miss that kidney or anything."

I nodded, her voice floating in one ear and straight out the other. The last thing I needed were for my recruits to be no-shows. That would be...embarrassing to say the least.

Right then there was a knock on the door and I literally ran to answer it. 

When I yanked it open I was blown back by a huge gust of wind, looking up in shock to see a spinning purple vortex replacing the hallway.

"You forgot the bear spray, didn't you?" Manni yelled from behind me, clearly blind to the silhouette forming in the portal.

Before I knew what was happening my three recruits had passed through the door, each in a more spectacular burst of light than the last. 

I looked up at them from my place in the ground, grinning.

"You came!"

They stared at me, and then at Manni. 

"Are we in the right place?"

The End

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