The bitter truth was that John had no interest in women since he'd fumbled away his relationship with Janet. "I can't breathe muddy water," had been Janet's excuse for wanting out. Exactly the way John felt ever since.
Note: I have never heard that line before. "muddy water"?
The Mage looked ... sad. "If it's any comfort to you, this is not the only world where men hate the bearers of bad news as much as they hate those responsible for it.
"It is necessary to listen carefully," the trainer warned, cocking his head on one shoulder, his thin nose almost a beak, "for a messenger bird forgets each word as it speaks it."
Note: Medevil communications.