By Judith Tarr
THE PRINCE: Spoiled, reckless, heedless of any needs or wants yet his personal, sentenced to a poor destiny for his sins opposed to guy, lady, and God.
THE STALLION: both spoiled, both reckless, certain until eventually demise to a sour servitude.
THE TURK'S inheritor: Fiercest of opponents, so much committed of enemies, whose armor hides a mystery. Come into the area of the Arabian Nights, the place magic and secret meet; the place justice lays a sinner low, and the magic of the guts turns hate to like.
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Bonny halted in front of his wife with his boots just short of the water, and for a moment he seemed about to hit her. Then he hesitated, and his gaze fell away from hers, and he scowled across at Shandy. He fumbled a clasp knife out of his pocket—Shandy stepped back, snatching at his own—but when Bonny had unfolded his blade he pressed the point into the tip of his own left forefinger and flicked the blade outward, throwing a couple of drops of blood toward Shandy, and at the same time he began chanting a nonsensical multi-language rhyme.
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Someone was yelling. "Cap'n Davies! " Davies dropped his bottle into the sand. "That's Venner," he said thoughtfully. "How did that move go? " Shandy shut his eyes and pictured it. "Right. " As the two men trudged back toward the fires, Davies pulled a pistol out of his belt. "If Venner plays me square I can handle him," he said quietly. "But if he doesn't, I want you to hang back with this and make sure no—" He stopped talking suddenly and gave a weary laugh. "Never mind. " He put the pistol away and lengthened his stride.
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