"In your garden, there is a tree," said Tikun. "Your wife watered that tree with her tears when you feared the child would not be. There is a serpent that gnaws at the roots. Dig down and find the serpent – being careful not to disturb the roots – kill it, then prepare a meal of meat, fruit, grain, and leaf, seasoning each item with the serpent's venom. Then shall your wife be healed. Take also these." Tikun handed over a small orange vial. It rattled.
"What are these for?" asked Rob.
"So your wife will believe. Your people are very superstitious."
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