Talikan, Spring, 1323
The knock landed heavily on the other side of the great mahogany door, the sound echoing off the tiled walls. Before the second knock fell Johanna was on her feet and running. The third knock sounded and she was standing before the great door, fidgeting, waiting for Kadar, the chief eunuch, to deign to open it. He disapproved of Johanna’s daily excursions to the stables and expressed his disapproval, in so far as he dared flout his master’s will, by delaying as long as possible her departure.
She heard the sound of robes swishing over tile, and turned to see Kadar approaching with a deliberately unhurried stride. Concubines peered from behind him and whispered furiously among themselves, watching the easterner with her odd-colored eyes, who had never been invited into the sheik’s bed, not even once, be granted yet again this unheard of, this extraordinary, and some even alleged this blasphemous freedom. She didn’t even wear a veil outside the harem!
After six months one would think her mornings out would occasion little comment, but no. Their lives were so monotonous and so entirely absent of event, they had so little else to talk about.
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