Thank you to Jean on the River and to Margaret for their guidance with the narrative. This post took me 25 hours of work(!). The experience with Magic touched me deeply, and I wanted to give it justice. It was hard to draw him, and the hat, and the cards. I kept getting stuck as I tried to render the story in as few words as possible. I was so grateful for the assistance from my friends.
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