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Bubbling cauldron? Love it. Bubbly people? Not so much.

Young apprentice Ambrose Beake knows everything about potions…except for how to talk to other potioneers.

So, when the annual potion convention rolls into town, he’s both thrilled and riddled with anxiety. Will the chatty crowds be too much for him? Or will he find his people?

In this light-hearted Dungeons & Dragons meets Comic-Con short story, you’ll meet the main character of A Rival Most Vial, eight years before his rival sets up shop across the street.

Sign up below to read this free, 8k-word short story about my favorite blue-haired, introverted potion nerd.