The unfortunate thing about working for yourself is that you have the worst boss in the world. I work every day of the year except at Christmas, when I work a half day.
What was that?” Belgarath asked, coming back around the corner.”Brill,” Silk replied blandly, pulling his Murgo robe back on.”Again?” Belgarath demanded with exasperation. “What was he doing this time?””Trying to fly, last time I saw him.” Silk smirked.The old man looked puzzled.”He wasn’t doing it very well,” Silk added.Belgarath shrugged. “Maybe it’ll come to him in time.””He doesn’t really have all that much time.” Silk glanced out over the edge.”From far below – terribly far below – there came a faint, muffled crash; then, after several seconds, another. “Does bouncing count?” Silk asked.Belgarath made a wry face. “Not really.””Then I’d say he didn’t learn in time.” Silk said blithely.
David Eddings, Magician’s Gambit
Zakath stared at the floor. ‘I suddenly feel very helpless,’ he admitted, ‘and I don’t like the feeling. I’ve been rather effectively dethroned, you know. This morning I was the Emperor of the largest nation on earth; this afternoon, I’m going to be a vagabond.’You might find it refreshing,’ Silk told him lightly.Shut up, Kheldar,’ Zakath said almost absently. He looked back at Polgara. ‘You know something rather peculiar?’What’s that?’Even if I hadn’t given my word, I’d still have to go to Kell. It’s almost like a compulsion. I feel as if I’m being driven, and my driver is a blindfolded girl who’s hardly more than a child.’There are rewards,’ she told him.Such as what?’Who knows? Happiness, perhaps.’He laughed ironically. ‘Happiness has never been a driving ambition of mine, Lady Polgara, not for a long time now.’You may have to accept it anyway,’ She smiled. ‘We aren’t allowed to choose our rewards any more than we are our tasks. Those decisions are made for us.
David Eddings, Sorceress of Darshiva