Delacroix [Public domain], via WikiPaintings


“Darius, don’t play coy. They have money, so why are they staying in a hole like this?”

Ah, the Captain of Gossip; one would never mistake him as the Captain of Flattery, though it might help his cause. “Perhaps they came to rob someone?” I mused. No—why would someone with that much gold risk so much coming to Rome. The easy pickings were on the trade routes.

This is an original story, chronicling how three of the characters of my upcoming novelette, The Vampire’s Gallery, met. And speaking of that bad boy, things are going to be a little quiet around here while I get him organized.

If you can’t wait, 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.