} (Hushed voices talking:
} older male: Wake him up, there's another question.
} younger female: He needs his rest.
} older male: He can rest when the answers have been given.
} younger female: But he's still recovering!
} older male: And it will be much worse if he doesn't answer.
} younger female: <sob> Well, you wake him.)
} Zadoc crawls in with an envelope in his mouth, looking not at all
} like Maggie Gyllenhaal. Dropping the envelope on a bedside table,
} he speaks, "Master, there is another question, just arrived."
} From the bed, unseen under the pillows and blankets comes a slight
} moan. Then a muffled, "Can't you just deal with it?"
} Zadoc starts, "Master," but pauses.
} The blankets start to move. "Very well." A hand appears and pulls
} the envelope into the bed.
} Moments pass. Zadoc asks, "Master?"
} From the bed, the Oracle speaks, "Take this down and give it to the
} supplicant. And get it right, because I'm not going to repeat myself.
} "The Oracle welcomes your questions and relishes the opportunity to
} answer each one personally. The rumors surrounding his disappearance,
} that it was an escape effort or an attempt to reneg on binding
} contracts with the Creators of the Universe, are totally
} unsubstantiated and could not be further from the truth. Any hints
} that the Oracle gets tired of answering questions eternally are lies
} spread to discredit the Oracle and diminish his sterling reputation.
} Furthermore there is no truth whatsoever to the claims that the
} Creators turned the Staff of Zot on the Oracle for failure to comply,
} and any YouTube videos you may have seen purporting to be just that
} are fabrications.
} "The Oracle has not gone anywhere and any difficulties in reaching
} him recently have been purely technical snafus. Your contribution to
} the birdbath has been noted and be sufficent payment for this
} Zadoc finishes writing all of that down, puts the paper in his mouth,
} and crawls from the room. After the door closes the Oracle quietly
} mumbles "Cursed creature. 'Eternal servant!' 'Eternal Whipping-boy!'
} Yes, but no one ever mentioned 'eternal spy', too, did they?"