Exercise (A Prosatio Silban Amuse-Bouche)

“CONVINCE ME,” SAID THE outlander, “why I or anyone should believe in the Flickering Gods.”

“That is something I cannot do,” Prosatio Silban said, setting before her a bowl of rich vegetable soup. “I myself do not believe in them, either.”

“What?” came the astonished reply. “But you are one of the most religious men I know! You pray constantly, are well-versed in your faith’s teachings, and follow its tenets scrupulously. How can you disbelieve in the very gods you claim to serve?”

The cook-errant smiled. “Because rather than believing in them,” he said with utter calm, “I experience them.”

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