LAEMUL: Oh. ASTRIA: What do you think? LAEMUL: Well … I don’t really … can’t really say at the moment. ASTRIA: Isn’t it in people’s auras or something? Can’t you see? PANEL 2 LAEMUL: Sometimes. It’s a little complicated, though, and I would have to be in the right frame of mind … ASTRIA: Can you get in the right frame? I … I mean, I know I could do magick, if you’d just teach me! I’m special – don’t you think? LAEMUL: Ah – ASTRIA:Because – you haven’t got an apprentice, have you? Don’t mysticks have to have an … PANEL 3 LAEMUL: Wait-wait-wait, Astria. We’ve just had a very nice physical experience and now you want me to test you for magickal ability by jumping right into the spiritual plane — have a moment’s patience, all right darling? ASTRIA: All right … Laemul puts on a pair of hose. He then goes to one of his tables and pulls out a crystal LAEMUL: Hm. Maybe this will be a good test? ASTRIA: What is it? LAEMUL: Well, it’s a – ASTRIA: It’s a magic crystal, isn’t it? Do I get to have it? Are you giving it to me? LAEMUL: No, no. It’s just a very simple scrying crystal. A mystick can use it to get general information like weather, or to detect patterns in the surrounding magickal ether. So it is attuned to mystickal energies and vibrations. So what I want you to do is stand there, calm yourself with a few deep breaths … that’s it, in through the nose, out through the mouth … good. Now – look into the crystal. ASTRIA: Okay … LAEMUL: I want you to just picture a candle flame in your mind. Picture it in the crystal. ASTRIA: And what then? LAEMUL: Then we’ll see.