By Laura Resnick
The first publication within the magical Esther Diamond secret series...
When mysterious mystical disappearances disrupt her occupation, suffering actress Esther Diamond groups up with Maximillian Zadok, an eccentric aged wizard whose day task is keeping big apple from Evil. in the meantime, the attractive NYPD detective investigating the disappearances fears that Esther and Max could be a greater challenge than the vanishing performers.
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Every trifling wee little inconsequential thing had been magnified beyond all reason. It was said that this was any mother's talent, but that didn't make it easier to endure. For example, there was the incident of the Pay Phone. Xanth had gotten connected in the past year or so to a magical network called the Mundane Mega Mesh, which folk like Com Pewter and Com Passion tied into. But because it related to Mundania, which it seemed was not quite as stodgy a region as reputed, there had to be a Phone.
Not that it much mattered, because neither had any eyes; they had been drawn blind. Now there was a problem. The figures were blind because the children didn't want to be seen. But that meant they couldn't see each other, either; they didn't know they weren't quite alone. However, after a moment they had the man raise one hand, and the woman raise a hand, and the hands banged together so they found each other. What would they do next? The children waited in absolute silence. The door opened. There was Mother.
It was too late for man and night mare to escape; they had seen each other and fallen in love. They came together--and at that point a nasty cloud hid the moon, and the scene went dark. That always happened, frustratingly. When the light returned, both man and mare were gone. There was a blink, signaling elapsed time, and then a young centaur appeared. He was about three years old, black like the night mare, and his face resembled that of the prior man. He was the offspring the stork had delivered to the love-spring folk.
Disappearing Nightly (Esther Diamond, Book 1) by Laura Resnick