I hadn't noticed I had wandered so far until I suddenly found myself face-to-face with the mysterious merchant who always set up in the alley entrance. "Hello, darling. Would you like an adventure?" He asked. "What? No--I mean, I should go--my mother--" "Forget about your mother for a second. I can satisfy your wildest dreams, your most fearsome desires, so tell me, do you want an adventure?" My breath caught as he stepped closer, his intense eyes burning into mine. "Well?" He asked quietly.