“That’ll be £49,” he said, one hand still on the volume of ‘The Panderings of Melodia’, “in coin of the realm.”
“Oh yes?” The purchaser, a man in his forties wearing a cloak with a hood that he kept up even in the shop. “Which realm might that be.”
“Harold drew the book an inch or two away from its would-be owner. “Any realm you like,” he said, “as long as I can pass it onward.”
The man nodded. “Pay it forward,” he said, “I get it.” He counted out eight ten-tian notes.
Harold tucked the book back under the counter. “Patently not,” he said. “Tians stopped being legal tender when the goblins over-ran Melodium.”
“Really?” The man frowned. “When was that?”