Beast of Burden Ch. 02

Early in the 17th century, the wife of an Ottoman is brought low by a curse

The thrilling conclusion!

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Dreams flowed through Emine’s mind as she wavered between wakefulness and sleep.  She felt disconnected from her body, frustrated with her inability to influence the images shuffling through her mind.  Her awareness was smothered by the remnants of her slumber.

Beast of Burden Ch. 01

The meal was eaten in silence but the barely repressed anger of the host filled the room as one harried servant took the place of many.


At the head of the table the host sat on a lowered, cushioned couch, his back utterly straight as he glared at his food.  Despite the small size of the room and the meager trappings, the meal itself was rich.  Plates of fruits lay in an elegant pattern between bowls of thick, rich stews.  Two long baskets of bread edged the table and a large pot of scented rice dominated the center.


Spiced coffee steamed to the side of the guest’s plate.