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By L-J Baker

Adijan, a negative messenger woman in an Arabian Nights fable international, needs she might construct a world-spanning company empire. Shalimar, her spouse, needs Adijan might spend extra time at domestic. Their landlord needs Adijan may pay the hire. Adijan's brother-in-law needs she may get trampled via a herd of camels in order that he might marry his sister Shalimar to somebody prosperous and influential. And of the entire needs on the 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 an international of genies, sorcerers, and flying carpets.

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You need to rest. It’s bad enough that we must prosecute Hadim il-Padur for kidnapping your wife and beating you senseless. ” “I need the money to get Shali –” “I know. ” Takush pushed Adijan down on the divan. “He’s going to visit a friend this afternoon. You won’t need money for days. There is much to be discussed and decided first, and many pipes to be smoked. ” “I’m not leaving her –” “You can’t hurry a courtier any more than you can make a camel dance on a scimitar. ” Takush imprisoned her niece by tightly tucking the sheets all around her.

She limped the last few steps to the door. A sour-looking servant answered. “May the Eye bless –” “I’ve come for my wife,” Adijan said. The servant led her into a small, empty reception chamber. ” Adijan asked. ” The servant strode away as if he hadn’t heard. Annoyed even further, Adijan limped into the corridor. She had not visited enough times to know her way through the warren of rooms and corridors. A vague memory prompted her to turn left. Not as opulent as the houses of the big merchants like Nabim or Dahan, Hadim’s house nevertheless contained some fine carpets, one or two very good quality wall-hangings, and even the occasional piece of Restefe brassware.

In just over a month, she’d earned more than she normally would in a year. The streets grew narrower and more crowded. In the shadow of the city wall, buildings jumbled together cheek by jowl. One person’s washing hung in front of a neighbor’s window. Naked children ran through the maze of alleys, courtyards, walls, and doorways. Old folk sat under ragged awnings watching the world go by as they wove mats or endlessly turned quern stones to grind grain flour. Overhead, shouts of angry wives and squealing babies criss-crossed the haze of cooking fires.

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