Meeting Reso

Lyndsey and Peep were just starting to get tired of walking when they came upon another person. He was sitting by a tree, looking bored. For the most part, he seemed to be a completely ordinary man- brown hair, blue eyes, dark pants and a blue shirt. There was nothing special about him- except that he looked so sad.
"Maybe he's the next person that we're supposed to help!" Lyndsey squealed. Peep smiled and held onto Lyndsey's hand as she rushed towards the man.
"Hi there," she said, kneeling down next to him. The man looked up slowly.
"Oh. Hi," he said.
"What's the matter?" Lyndsey asked.
"Nothing much," he said, sighing.
"Oh, come on, tell me," Lyndsey urged. "Maybe we can help." The man looked up at her skeptically.
"I doubt it," he said, sounding defeated.
"Please?" Lyndsey asked.
The man sighed and rolled his eyes. "I don't have a talent," he admitted. Lyndsey smiled brightly.
"That's great! I'm on a quest to get people who don't like their talents knew talents!" she said.
"I don't think you're listening. I don't have a talent at all," the man said. Lyndsey looked a bit taken aback.
"Well, I'm sure that's not true. You probably have a talent that you just don't know about. You are Xanthian, aren't you?"
"Yes, I was born in Xanth. But I don't have a talent. Magic sniffers don't even come near me. I'm just a talentless," he sighed, "bum."
"Aw, now that's not true!" Lyndsey insisted. "Look, my talent is to be able to take talents from others. If I use it with reverse wood, then I can give talents to other people. Why don't we try that?" The man brightened up a little.
"But what if the reverse wood goes haywire?" he asked, skeptical.
"Well, it worked the last time I tried it. Of course…I was with two full Sorceresses. But I'm at least a Neo-Sorceress…well, let's just try it," she said.
The three of them all stood up, looking for reverse wood. Peep found some first, but refused to touch it. "I had a bad experience when I was little," he admitted. Lyndsey rolled her eyes but smiled, picking up the wood.
"I'm using it, so I'll just take it," she said. Then she turned to the man. Shaking her head, she realized they hadn't asked what his name was.
"Wait," she said. "What's your name?"
The man shook his head. "Everyone just calls me Loser." Lyndsey looked shocked.
"Well…that's not a good name," she said, trying not to look at the man with too much pity. "What would you like to be called?" she asked.
"I don't know." The man shrugged.
Lyndsey shot a Look to Peep. 'Help me,' she mouthed.
"We could call you Reso," Peep suggested. Lyndsey brightened up.
"Reso! That's a great name! Do you like it?" she asked the man. He shrugged again.
"I guess so," he said. But he looked a bit happier.
"Ok! So let's try to give you a talent now," Lyndsey said, picking up the reverse wood. "Just stand right there," she said to Reso, putting her hand on his arm. She attempted to take his talent, like she had with Day and Night, to give their talent back. Suddenly Peep's hair turned purple. Lyndsey looked surprised.
"I was trying to give you the talent of changing hair colour. But it went to Peep. That's weird," she said.
"The reverse wood must not have worked," Reso said.
"But it worked so well last time," Lyndsey muttered.
"Wait," Peep interjected. "How did you know that I got the talent?" He was attempting to look at his hair, but failing. Lyndsey stifled a laugh.
"'s purple," she said.
"Oh. Do you think it suits me?" Peep asked, winking at her.
"I think I like it better blonde," Lyndsey commented. "But the purple does match your…" she looked into his eyes. They were green rimmed with blue at the moment. "…green eyes," she finished, grinning.
"Well, if you like it that much…" Peep trailing off, teasing her.
"Just change it back," Lyndsey mock-threatened.
"And if I don't?" Peep asked playfully.
"I'll kiss you."
"Then I think I'll leave it," Peep said, looking at her. Lyndsey blushed.
"If you change it back, I'll make it two kisses," she offered.
"Deal," Peep said. A moment later his hair was blonde again. "Do you want this talent back?" he asked.
"Why don't you keep it for a little while," Lyndsey suggested. Then she remembered Reso. "Uh, I'll pay up later," she said.
"Don't mind me," Reso said. "Nobody else does."
"Aw, Reso. We're going to help you. We're going to get you a great talent, I just know it. We'll head to the Isle of Talents first, and if that doesn't work, we'll go straight to the Good Magician's castle."
"I hope this works," Reso said sadly. Silently, Lyndsey hoped so too. This was the first person she wasn't sure of. And if she couldn't get him a talent…well, she didn't want to think about that. It had to work!