Zev was still being picked on.  He was teased and attacked at every opportunity.  His twin, Vlad, had moved into a flat with his fiancee, Miranda, and wasn’t there to support or defend him.

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It was humiliating.

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Zev thought of a way to get back at Vlad.  He would flirt with his fiancee, Connie.

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Even though Connie didn’t do anything, Vlad saw it and got upset with her.

Connie wasn’t too pleased.  Now Vlad wasn’t talking to her.  At the physics lab one day she saw an old machine sitting in the corner.  She found out discreetly that it was some sort of skill absorber.  She sneaked it out and when the opportunity arose, pointed it at Zev.

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She found it fascinating.  Afterwards, Zev wandered off waving his arms in confusion.

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Satisfied, Connie left him to it.  Zev saw the machine and thought it would be a good way to get back at some of his tormentors.  He tried it out on one of them, but the nozzle swiveled on him.

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That was not a pleasant experience.

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Vlad found it later and had a bit of fun with it.

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Zev verbally abused Connie at breakfast the next day.  Vlad didn’t care.

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Zev had had enough, and dropped out of uni.

Back at Bluewater village, at Radu’s place, his partner, Menisha, hadn’t learned from her curiosity with the cauldron.  She wondered what was in the book that Radu spent a lot of time over.  She went to touch it and it attacked her, grabbing her hand!

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Her hand hurt quite badly.

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She didn’t love Radu any less, but avoided his room from then on.

Radu practised some of his spells on her, but nothing bad.

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Radu’s son, Ivan, was growing and loved his father dearly, regardless.

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However, Radu was studying more of the dark arts.

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He was becoming evil.

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