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By L-J Baker

Adijan, a negative messenger woman in an Arabian Nights myth global, needs she may perhaps construct a world-spanning enterprise empire. Shalimar, her spouse, needs Adijan might spend extra time at domestic. Their landlord needs Adijan could pay the lease. Adijan's brother-in-law needs she may get trampled by means of a herd of camels in order that he may perhaps marry his sister Shalimar to anyone prosperous and influential. And of all of the needs on this planet, Adijan needs the genie she's saddled with could supply her needs rather than treating her with disdain. be cautious what you need for in a global of genies, sorcerers, and flying carpets.

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Around a bend, she narrowly avoided upsetting a table holding a small statue. Then she saw the ghostly outline of a good fortune banner suspended beside a door. She smiled. Shalimar slept in that room. She cracked the door open. A snore rattled out. The room was not as dark as the rest of the house. Hadim was rich enough to have woven screens across the windows, so the shutters were open. Breezes and grey light seeped in unaccompanied by clouds of biting insects. In the gloom, Adijan saw two people sleeping in the bed.

The merciless sun shone from mid-morning high. Her attackers had taken her sack. ” Adijan found a nauseatingly tender spot on the back of her head where dry blood crusted her hair. A sore line around her throat was all that remained of her purse. They had left her without a single copper curl. ” Adijan shoved her hands inside the front of her pants. “Please, Eye, let the bill – yes! ” She gripped the debt cloth and the leather bag. They had robbed her of money, sack, food, water, Shali’s blanket, and even her sandals.

Eye be praised! Not only that, but the thirty-seven curls were exactly right. He didn’t add on a coin or two for himself. In any other city, the guard would have helped himself to at least a handful of the murris root. While groveling a little more, Adijan tugged a battered leather bag from inside her shirt. She tipped the copper coins onto her palm. Pretending not to be able to count, she watched the guard pick coins from her pile. He scrupulously took thirty-seven without pocketing a couple for himself.

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