the pearl


He travels around the world seven times, maybe more, and when he finally settles down, he buys a little antique store, collects obscure tribal art, and spends his days assessing the prices of large pieces of furniture.

He's calm and focused and the sellers and buyers love him for it. He quickly rises to fame in the antique-seller world, the golden boy of ancient artifacts. He goes on "Antiques Roadshow" when they're in town, handling vases, credenzas, fragile papers containing epic history.

A girl puts a tea set in his hands. He drops it as the silver burns him.

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