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By Rebecca Levene

Forty advert, Rome. Slaves are disappearing, the our bodies of the useless are being stolen and mysterious shipments arrive from Egypt at the hours of darkness. at the back of all of it are the robust Cult of Isis, trying to find how to breach the barrier among existence and loss of life. the single those that can cease them are a gladiator, a slave and an over-sexed teen - and a stranger who simply could be a god

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An idea both sweet and horrid: they shared nightmares. Hard coins had pressed into those tiny soft dream hands, too, and the dream pain tore forth waking screams. She snuffed the candle out. When her eyes had adjusted, and a gray shadow of a sleeping girl had formed, she climbed the stairs in the dark. She recalled Sarah Close whispering to her in the black of one long Refuge night that dreams were restless and scattery and sometimes seeped from one sleeper to another in close proximity, or to one whose heart was tied to yours by God.

She swept the girl into her arms, pressed her awkwardly against her, difficult to hold the weight and sprawling limbs. “Mamma,” murmured the blinking girl. ” Constance pulled the child’s contorted hand from between their tightly pressed bodies. ” The girl’s face changed, and she sobbed slightly, repeated her pathetic plea, “My hand,” before closing her eyes. Constance set the child back on the bed, where she at once rolled away, her hands pressed under her cheek. Only with difficulty could Constance pull them free and examine them.

Nevertheless, the sight of Angelica playing by herself and, unknowingly observed, rubbing her hand as if it pained her, brought Constance a moment of potent, swift feeling, tears welling above pursed lips. She left the girl at play with Joseph’s jolly assertion that, despite this being Nora’s monthly day at liberty, he could safely pass an hour alone with his own child, thank you. Bowing her head before his routine mockery of her “superstitions” and his routine refusal to allow Angelica to accompany her, Constance took her leave and departed for church alone.

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