The last element, he teaches, is air.

They launch themselves from playground swings, weightless as dandelion seed. His hand in hers, he flies.

Without air, the human body can survive one hundred and eighty seconds. It is a scientifically recorded fact. Emmeline is a disappointment. She lasts only one hundred and twelve.

Broken puppet-corpse, suspended in a green-starred sky. But an old man without a wand cannot control the air. That is his alone.

Earth and water, fire and air... so many ways to die.

He launches himself from the castle windows. Weightless. His heart in hers, he flies.