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I was sitting in my lab, my hand spread open on the table, while the skull examined my palm.

I'd worn a mark there for years--an unblemished patch of skin amidst all the burn scars, in the perfect shape of the angelic sigil that was Lasciel's name.

The mark was gone.

In its place was just an irregular patch of unburned skin.

"It looks like there's no mark there anymore," Bob said.

I sighed. "Thank you, Bob," I said. "It's good to have a professional opinion."

"Well, what did you expect?" Bob said. The skull swiveled around on the table and tilted up to look at my face. "Hmmmmm. And you say the entity isn't responding to you anymore?"

"No. And she's always jumped every time I said frog."

"Interesting," Bob said.

"What's that supposed to mean?"

"Well, from what you told me, this psychic attack the entity blocked for you was quite severe."

I shivered, remembering. "Yeah."

"And the process she used to accelerate your brain and shield you was traumatic as well."

"Right. She said it could cause me brain damage."

"Uh-huh," Bob said. "I think it did."

"Huh?"

"See what I mean?" Bob asked cheerfully. "You're thicker already."

"Harry get hammer," I said. "Smash stupid talky skull.


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I had to smile at the man. I mean, you have to smile at idiots and children.
JIM BUTCHER
Of course Evil's afoot. If it had switched to the metric system it'd be up to a meter by now.
JIM BUTCHER
I'm so pretty, it's hard for me to think of myself as intelligent.
JIM BUTCHER
It rained toads the day the White Council came to town.
JIM BUTCHER
Wizards and computers get along about as well as flamethrowers and libraries.
JIM BUTCHER
But I don't understand God. I don't understand how he could see the way people treat one another, an...
JIM BUTCHER
Her father had always said that a man could be fairly judged by the quality of his allies and that o...
JIM BUTCHER
It isn't good to hold on too hard to the past. You can't spend your whole life looking back. Not eve...
JIM BUTCHER
Science, the largest religion of the twentieth century, had become somewhat tarnished by images of e...
JIM BUTCHER
I’ve often wished that I had some suave and socially acceptable hobby that I could fall back on in...
JIM BUTCHER
Many things are not as they seem: The worst things in life never are.
JIM BUTCHER
There are old swordsmen and bold swordsmen. But few old, bold swordsmen.
JIM BUTCHER
The building was on fire, and it wasn’t my fault.
JIM BUTCHER
There’s nothing that makes you more insane than family. Or more happy. Or more exasperated. Or mor...
JIM BUTCHER
Ack!" I said.

Fearless master of the witty dialogue, that's me.
JIM BUTCHER
I'd made the vampire cry. Great. I felt like a real superhero. Harry Dresden, breaker of monsters' h...
JIM BUTCHER
Come with me if you want to live.
JIM BUTCHER
It always shocked me how you could understand so many things and be such a complete idiot about so m...
JIM BUTCHER
It's one of the things that makes us different than they are, Harry. The blood on their hands does n...
JIM BUTCHER
I am the foremost collector of velvet Elvii in the city of Chicago," I said at once.

"El...
JIM BUTCHER
Do you really think you can win?'
'Yeah. Hell, Ortega is only the third or fourth most disturbi...
JIM BUTCHER
Holy shit," I breathed. "Hellhounds."
"Harry," Michael said sternly. "You know I hate it when y...
JIM BUTCHER
Bob, would you be willing to take on Evil Bob?"

Bob's eyes darted nervously. "I'd . . . p...
JIM BUTCHER