Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Jafrey

We promised when we did our original Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Time’s Edge post there would be sequels. Naturally, we just had to take a look at the world from the point of view of Jafrey, the irascible old man from the Time’s Edge series.


It’s okay to be yourself.

“Nice to meet you,” Jafrey said gruffly, his hands stuffed firmly in his pockets. “Shame the way they make us all get decked out for these events. Feel like a fool.”

(Jafrey, grumpy about being forced to dress up for a formal dinner. Time’s Edge.)


A sense of humor is a good thing.

“Alrick requested that we train him.”

Michael saw a spark of interest in Jafrey’s light blue eyes. “Did he? Interesting.” Jafrey eyed Michael again. “You his son?”

“Not that I’m aware of,” Michael replied.

Jafrey gave a brief laugh. “Got a sense of humor. Good.”

(Time’s Edge.)


Mind your own business.

“If it’s that important, I don’t want to know. Knowledge like that can get a man killed.”

(Jafrey, deciding he doesn’t really want to know the secret involving Michael. Time’s Edge)


Be honest.

“Then either Barris or Jafrey is lying,” Michael noted.

Jafrey chuckled. “Good thing Barris didn’t hear you say that!”

“But it doesn’t bother you?” Michael asked with half a smile.

“Holy Kryton, no. I admire honesty.”  (Time’s Edge)


Have some fun once in a while.

“Ah, he’s an old lizard. No fun at all,” Jafrey said as the door closed behind Ivar. “Now we can really have a good time.” He swung toward the musicians. “Play something we can dance to!”

(Jafrey, deciding to party once the very serious Ivar has left the room. Time’s Edge.)


Know your limits.

“I never go near that damn place!”

“Yes.” Ivar nodded. “I have noticed that you are the only member of the staff who has never ventured out to the site.”

“I’d rather be boiled in Karrilian lizard juice.”

(Jafrey, refusing to venture out to an abandoned site that holds bad memories for him. Time’s Edge.)


Don’t be envious of others.

“Alrick will kill you if you talk, and Michael will kill you if you don’t.” Jafrey shook his head. “Glad I’m not you.”

(Jafrey, grateful that he is not the boss. Time’s Edge.)


About jmdattilo

J.M. Dattilo is our pen name. We are the authors of the Time's Edge sci-fi/fantasy series.

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