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'But ugly, of course? And potentially a maneater with nothing on his mind but death and destruction?'

'Not in the least.'

Yogi Baird abandoned that line of questioning.

'O... kay. Even pre-cogs as low as B-3 are receiving visions that he is shortly to be killed at your hands. What's your reaction to that?'

'I can't say. Maltca.s.sion has not transgressed the Dragonpact so it all looks like a lot of smoke to me. He will die eventually, of course, and when he does I am firmly of the opinion that the Dragonlands should be converted into a national park-'

'What a novel idea!' Yogi laughed. 'This area is badly in need of more housing, Miss Strange. Three hundred and twenty square miles of prime real estate on the borders don't pop up every day, and they represent thousands of jobs and much prosperity. Are you seriously trying to tell the viewers that we should ignore all that and instead devote the land to a few creatures of dubious value?'

'Well... yes. I saw a herd of Buzonjis up there; until yesterday they were thought to be almost extinct.'

'I'm no expert, of course,' said Baird in the sort of voice people use when they are trying to tell you they are are an expert, 'but I think you'll find the best place for endangered species is in a zoo. What are zoos for anyway? Without all these endangered species kicking around, there'd be no work for zookeepers and naturalists.' an expert, 'but I think you'll find the best place for endangered species is in a zoo. What are zoos for anyway? Without all these endangered species kicking around, there'd be no work for zookeepers and naturalists.'

'Eh?'

Yogi steered the show towards something less controversial.

'So tell me, what makes a good Dragonslayer? A steady hand and a sharp sword?'

'I think the name Dragonslayer is a misnomer,' I answered carefully. 'I see myself more as a keeper, who has to weigh the interests of the Dragon against dangerous outside influences.'

'Ah yes. Some newspapers have criticised you for your pro-Dragon stance. Our researchers have uncovered that Dragons are, and I quote: Dangerous fire-breathing and evil-smelling loathsome vermin who would think nothing of torching an entire village and eating all the babies were it not for the magic of the Dragonpact Dangerous fire-breathing and evil-smelling loathsome vermin who would think nothing of torching an entire village and eating all the babies were it not for the magic of the Dragonpact.'

'Where did you read that that?'

'My researchers have sources.'

'Well,' I conceded, 'it is is the populist view, although after my short meeting with Maltca.s.sion I was more inclined to think him a gentleman of considerable learning.' the populist view, although after my short meeting with Maltca.s.sion I was more inclined to think him a gentleman of considerable learning.'

'So, loathsome worm or learned gentleman? Let's see what the callers have to say. I have Millie Barnes on line on

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