Hair cut close to the scalp, thin graying beard, he boarded the bus holding the forked branch of a tree. "Can I get you some water for that?" the driver sardonically asked. Rootless through countless generations, everyone laughed, including Staffman himself.

 
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We emerged at the same stop,
and for a while walked together.

"What kind of tree is that from?" I asked.
"Hazelwood. It's light and sturdy."

"It's also used for dowsing," I added.
 
"Hazelwood can be used for that too. You know, there's a dragon in the earth," he said,
before we parted ways.

 

 

 

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