1636: The Cardinal Virtues – Snippet 12

1636: The Cardinal Virtues – Snippet 12

“I graciously accept.” He gave his most charming smile, glancing at his loyal follower Francois. “But let me not disturb you. I assume circumstances are fortuitous for us to send a message this evening?”

“I’ll need some information.”

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Sanctuary – Snippet 23

This story appears in Bill Fawcett’s Anthology, By Tooth And Claw, which should be available now. Therefore, this is the last snippet.

Sanctuary – Snippet 23

“Can she move at all?” Njekwa asked, turning her head toward Zuluku but not taking her eyes from the subject of her scrutiny.

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1636: The Cardinal Virtues – Snippet 11

1636: The Cardinal Virtues – Snippet 11

Chapter 6

Turin

If it hadn’t previously been obvious to Terrye Jo, it became quite clear what it was about a few nights later.

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1636: The Cardinal Virtues – Snippet 10

1636: The Cardinal Virtues – Snippet 10

“But he is not France, young lady. What he does places my country in peril and twists the commands and endangers the rule of my royal brother.”

“Didn’t he also exile you?”

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Sanctuary – Snippet 22

Sanctuary – Snippet 22

Chapter 10

Zilikazi

In the event, it took Zilikazi quite a while to calm down his troops after the dam burst. The water rushing down the ravine carried not only rocks and logs with it, but specially designed spears as well. The Kororo, exhibiting a fiendish imagination that fit poorly with their philosophical claims, had tied crude blades to both ends of many bundles of reeds. The buoyant reed bundles raced down atop the surging flood, spinning and whirling. The blades added their share of carnage to the damage done by the force of the water and the other debris.

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1636: The Cardinal Virtues – Snippet 09

1636: The Cardinal Virtues – Snippet 09

Chapter 5

Turin

“You look fine, my dear. For Heaven’s sake, stop fussing.”

Terrye Jo twisted, trying to settle the fall of her very full skirts, draped over pleated pads at the hips and ending in a small train. There were petticoats and underclothes, more than she knew existed. The front of the gown was a single piece, while the back was separated at the uncomfortably high waistline. The bodice had a wide neck, with the side seams running into the full sleeves, which puffed out like a pair of frilly balloon animals. And she wasn’t even able to describe the boning at the waist.

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Sanctuary – Snippet 21

Sanctuary – Snippet 21

If Zilikazi’s absence from his lands was prolonged, and if he’d left a large force behind, one of his lieutenants was likely to grow ambitious. After the successful wars he’d waged against his neighboring nobles, the strongest enemy he could face would come from within his own ranks, if he let slip his grip.

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Sanctuary – Snippet 20

Sanctuary – Snippet 20

Chapter 9

Nurat Merav

“Are we finished with the mountains?” Nurat Merav asked weakly. The past few days had been very hard on her. Despite the best efforts of the young Liskash females who’d been sheltering her and her kits, the rigors of travel through rough terrain had almost killed her. So it felt, anyway.

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1636: The Cardinal Virtues – Snippet 08

1636: The Cardinal Virtues – Snippet 08

“At least in regard to politics,” Terrye Jo said.

“Yes. Of course. As for the rest . . .” he settled himself in a creaky armchair and flipped a page in the book in front of him. “There is much I could teach you, Signorina, if you would merely open your mind to science.”

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Sanctuary – Snippet 19

Sanctuary – Snippet 19

As Chefer Kolkin did. And the pack chafed. Especially in the morning.

True be told, he was feeling pretty peevish himself. Continue reading

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