The burning tangerine-scented candle was giving Dave Tomlinson a mild headache.
The $800 category questions on "Jeopardy" had given Dave a hard time earlier in the evening, and the smugness of Alex Trebek was grating on his psyche.
Tomorrow, the wizard from the sleepy town of Wentworth would be visiting and Dave was unprepared.
Perhaps a Target trip was in order. Dental floss, a replacement nozzle for the garden hose and tropical-themed party hats were necessary.
It had been a few months since Dave had heard from the wizard, and he wanted to make a good impression.
Dave blew out the candle and closed his eyes, the back yard breeze familiar and comfortable.