By Judith Tarr
THE PRINCE: Spoiled, reckless, heedless of any needs or wants yet his personal, sentenced to a negative destiny for his sins opposed to guy, lady, and God.
THE STALLION: both spoiled, both reckless, sure till dying to a sour servitude.
THE TURK'S inheritor: Fiercest of opponents, such a lot committed of enemies, whose armor hides a mystery. Come into the area of the Arabian Nights, the place magic and secret meet; the place justice lays a sinner low, and the magic of the guts turns hate to like.
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The director became quite close with the girls and they eventually stopped blushing in his presence. A few times, when Wu Peizhen’s cousin was not in the studio, they even went straight to look for the director. He had given them the nicknames “Zhen Zhen” and “Yao Yao,” as if they were characters in his latest movie. Behind their backs he described part i /35 Zhen Zhen to his colleagues as a graceless servant girl right out of Dream of the Red Chamber, a little cleaning maid who thinks she is special just because she is employed in a large, wealthy household.
Even the truth is shrouded in darkness, so rumor becomes an even muddier affair. Thus from the outside the longtang appear orderly, but on the inside they are in complete chaos. The people on the other side of the windows—the protagonists—are the most confused of all; as time goes on they grow numb and unfeeling—they may as well be blind. The only clear-seeing eyes belong to the ﬂying creatures that pierce the clouds and penetrate the mist: there is no place they cannot go—they are truly free! Their freedom taunts men’s hearts.
This time they seemed to be using a specialized lighting, the kind that illuminates a room during a pitch-black night. The bedroom set seemed to be further away, but the scene became even more alive. Wang Qiyao was taking in everything. She noticed the glow emitting from the electric lamp and the rippling shadows of the lotus-shaped lampshade projecting onto the three walls of the set. A powerful sense of déjà vu gripped her, but no matter how hard she tried, she could not remember where she had seen this scene before.
A Wind in Cairo by Judith Tarr