“Why do you want to know everything at once?” Mizli demanded.
“I don’t know,” Ben said apologetically. “I’m just confused. I don’t know if you and this world of yours are real, or I’m just imaging all of this.”
Mizli eyes squeezed shut in another grimace. But she took a deep breath and, after standing silently for a moment, replied calmly, “Of course this is all new to you. I’m not a very patient person, but I think we have enough time for a few more questions.”
She sat back down and patted the log beside her.
When Ben hesitated, she rolled her eyes. “Come on, I won’t bite.”
Ben seated himself with a chagrined smile, and she began to talk. “It’s not surprising that you’re confused because confusion is typical of Earth. Bespri and Earth are connected worlds. They are like twins who were born together and live together but seem very different. Bespri and Earth were both born in the magic and live in it. However, sprites use the Harmonies of magic all the time, and your people don’t.”
“What are these Harmonies you keep talking about?” Ben demanded.
She wrinkled her nose at him. “There is music to magic,” she said airily. “With practice, you can harmonize with magic and get it to do things for you.”
“That’s weird,” Ben declared. “Do you sing magic?”
“Of course not, Mizli scoffed. “But it vibrates in intangible ways that we can’t hear.”
“Sounds fishy to me.”
“You would think so. Your world is complicated and overloaded with unverified ideas. It’s difficult to tune into the Harmonies in Earth.”
“On Earth,” Ben corrected.
“Yes. That’s part of the confusion,” Mizli explained. “Earthans think of being in your world as standing on a ball spinning around in space, but Bespri isn’t a separate ball. You didn’t leave your planet when you came into this world. You just shifted into a different aspect or dimension. You could look at it as if you came closer to the magic, although that isn’t actually true. You just slipped away from the encrusted thinking, the recycling ideas, of your world, which tends to hide the Harmonies.”
“Are you saying that I’m still standing on the same ball?”
“In a sense, you are, but it’s completely different in this dimension.”
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