By Mark Smith, Jamie Thomson
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She found them repulsive. As for finding solace in another woman---she felt her stomach twist at the thought, although she knew that a number of the odalisques and wives took their pleasures in one another. She scowled to push the notion away. Lazar alone made her heart pound. "Good. " she asked her Vizier. "Salmeo arranged for them also to go swimming this afternoon, Valide. It is such a warm day. " She raised an eyebrow in response. "He is spoiling them," she said, pretending not to notice Lazar's grimace at her condescension.
Now both of them returned to stand before the man. "Don't try and talk me out of it. I want my freedom back. I will pay the price if I fail to win it," the slave warned them. The Master had no intention of attempting to thwart the prospect of some sport after an already long and wearying day in the market. He could see that Varanz was unfazed, knowing that he would get a good price either way. " he asked. " The Master nodded. "I will send a message to the palace for authorization," he said. " The slave knifed them with a cold gaze.
She couldn't imagine how. The dwarf could hardly string together a single sensible sentence without breaking into song, or acrobatics, or without his mind wandering elsewhere. How Boaz and Pez managed to hold even a simple conversation was a mystery to her. A small movement at the corner of the room distracted her. She glanced over at the silent mountain of black flesh that went by the name of Salmeo. He put the fear of a thousand angry gods into most people around the palace, including herself.
Assassino! by Mark Smith, Jamie Thomson