Delacroix [Public domain], via WikiPaintings


Just as Hewa was about to drag me back into the inn, a glint of gold caught my eye. Brutus, the Captain of Gossip, as he was known, was striding down the street and my almost-lover melted away.

“Darius, you old bastard, how are you?” he said, clapping my back.

“I am well. And my favorite captain, you sound hoarse, may I get you something?”

“Wine,” he said and sat at a table to the back to wait for me.

This is an original story, chronicling how three of the characters of my upcoming novelette, The Vampire’s Gallery, met. The modern Jafari (and the first two chapters of my upcoming novelette) are included in Short Smut, as “Internet Dating Bites.” What you missed of this story can be found here. It’s part of Six Sentence Sunday. Click the link for more awesome stories!

Please note: This is set around 1 BC, and is light when it comes to historical accuracy. I mean, no one’s going to whip out some matches or a PSP, but there are probably details I’ll get wrong.