Hot Springs

There is a hot spring where you can bathe that is said to cleanse your soul, if you are fortunate to be the first to dip in the briny water at dawn. Any later and the unique properties will vanish with the sunlight; any earlier, and the venomous snakes that live in the spring will still be swimming about, searching for prey. These snakes take warmth from the waters and have adapted to a nocturnal species. I myself have never found this spring, although I’m told that on a cold morning you can see the mist rising. But, for a small price, I can take you to a man who knows, one who bathes in the waters frequently. He is very old and worries that he might die soon; the hot bath brings him a semblance of peace that if today is his last, he’ll go as a clean man.

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