195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡ4ym34qKNpR
I always returned here when things became too much. I always came here when the years and betrayals got to me. This was not my homeland but it was my home. I walked the bustling streets towards my villa and I kept my head down. I was sure there was no one left alive that knew me but then I had learned my lessons well. Memories of her welled up in my brain and the realization of what I truly was ate away at me. Memories of my beloved Halima assaulted me as I walked past the place she had died. I never knew what had caused the riot that die and I probably never would. All I remember was the way her body had laid there broken and bloodied. The mob had nearly taken her head off and she had so many wounds all over that she had bled out. Her skin had been white in death and it had been after midnight when I had found her. I had held her body and wept like a small child. She had given of herself to me and had never questioned my needs. I knew she was Egyptian and she had survived a horrendous battle in the capital, Thebes. She had been near death that day I had seen her in the market. She was nearly starved but still so beautiful. The sadness in her face had prompted me to buy her freedom and give her shelter. I had never intended to fall in love and I most certainly never intended to bed her. A small smile graced my lips at her unconditional acceptance and I sighed. I walked faster and I came to the gate of my villa. Alad threw open the door and I nodded to him.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡiljcFEM4rA
“Master! You have returned.” He said bowing from the waist.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡJcdjb60GGv
“Thank you Alad. I am going to sleep for now.” I said as I went to my below ground rooms.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡnK3JO8ayVA
I looked at the bed and sighed. She had saved me as I had saved her more then a century. I enjoyed her but did not love her. I did not think I could ever love again the way I had loved Halima. Her strange silver eyes haunted me to this day. My beautiful Egyptian goddess that had allowed me to be myself. I rationalized to myself that she must have sensed something different in me. I had no doubts that Egypt was full of my kind. She must have known what we were. Before Syna; I had no idea. I just knew I was a monster and I thought alone.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡqdVJqBodFP
“The Persians are moving closer. There are rumors that the Shah will release our people finally!” the other man said.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡNp21Id7IUN
“Seriously Nahum, why would you wish to go back to a homeland we have never seen?” I said shaking my head.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡeiyh2mqcVl
“You continue to want to stay in this God forsaken land where they worship animals?” Nahum said furiously.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡMmzI50kud0
“I wish to stay safe and sound idiot. There is money to be had here and so what if the Shah comes? You have heard the rumors; he is gracious conqueror.” I said rolling my brown eyes.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡk1pm28AaQu
“You are as greedy as ever. Money and safety mean more to you than doing God's will!” Nahum yelled.
I grabbed the other man by the throat and pushed him against a stone pillar.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡY5NwmPTN1P
“God forsook our people along time ago you fool! You know what I am; I have not the luxury of your religious convictions.” I said in anger.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡ9ObIxhJRLW
“You could lead our people. You have been given amazing abilities and you use them for your own gain! God granted you the power and you are no better than the curs you do business with!” Nahum said glaring at me; his long time friend.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡS6Xhs0p3ag
“Go back to Jerusalem and rebuild the temple. I will give you money but I will not be leaving.” I said firmly.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡy8llFIaywb
I released Nahum and my friend spit at my feet. I held a growl within and he walked away. Most of my people were eagerly waiting for the Persians to show up and free the Hebrews from their captivity. They all made plans to return to Judah and rebuild their lost land. I snorted at the idea; they were not in the times of King David or Solomon for that matter. Nahum knew my secret; he knew that I could do things with my mind. I had used the abilities to become quite rich and quite well known in my community. I had other secrets but I refused to dwell on them. All I knew was that I was given abilities and those abilities came at a price. I could do well here and help my people here. I walked on as I had important things to get done. If the rumors were correct then the Persians would be here at any time.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡoF0zoxR7pD
I was caught up in the memories as I lay there waiting for sleep to take me. Nahum had finally betrayed me as I figured he would. I just had not expected the way he had. Flames were a very painful thing to endure and having my throat cut open did not feel good either. I grimaced in the memories and fought back despair. I was ready to not have to deal with anything and I was ready for death I thought.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡ3hJ0zc0Zfb
“Halima, why did you not let me help you? Why did you not let me save you?” I whispered to the silence.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡgNjC8ZkixR
Tears actually pricked my eyes as I thought about her. I remembered too much for that one short year. I loved her and she had left me. I let the pain wash over me as the memories assaulted me.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡuVwvvU2m1s
She groaned as she came to. I watched her rub her eyes and she met mine with a set of startling silver eyes.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡZ4KJ5jV6ja
“Shhh you were hurt badly when I found you. My name is Eyal. Do you understand me?” I asked in Hebrew.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡhzXBb5Awo8
“I know the tongue of the Hebrews.” She stated closing her eyes.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡnT4ToANrWP
“Do you know where you are?” I asked.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡTWUDF0XA6g
“Not in Egypt.” She said through clenched teeth.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡKoQI01OAxc
“What is your name Egyptian?” I asked softly.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡJV5NOtnCUk
“I am…” She started to say.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡsOhmrWmpxt
I watched her face contort as obviously painful memories assaulted her. Tears fell from her beautiful face.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡGiRw0SxOt5
“I am Halima.” She said in a monotone.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡ1c070PAorv
“What happened that brought you here?” I asked.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡJTj0gLXCbu
“You tell me Hebrew? I know not where here is. I was in Thebes when it fell.” She said fighting back tears.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡ5RNXnOPUDi
“You are in Babylon.” I said softly.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡ0Ev0LvPmTh
I watched her look at me curiously and then she stared up at the tiled ceiling.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡRCbbDrXA48
“How did I come into your presence?” she asked.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡ5aZS7mHXhk
“The truth be told you I saw you at the market. I paid for your freedom.” I said honestly.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡgiYLiKg86a
“Well I was a commodity. How very interesting. It seems you own me Hebrew what do you intend to do with me?” she asked raising a brunette brow.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡqYMB9p3707
“I told you that I paid for your freedom. I do not own you.” I said bristling.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡf5ieYpBFnT
“You have money?” She asked in a very bored tone.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡZDbYouIFDP
“I do well enough. What do you remember?” I asked her.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡP3NCFX2J42
“Nothing. I remember nothing as I am nothing.” She said in a tone void of emotion.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡRj89y7yaMW
“If you like you can stay here until you are well. Again my name is Eyal.” I said standing and bowing.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡ3MzfKXKtDn
I heard her beginning to sob and I felt her eyes on me as I left. Her pain hurt me and I desperately wanted to see a smile on her beautiful face. I prayed to God that she would thaw out. She was a welcome relief to the loneliness that I had to endure.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡisr54637Q7
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡ9HqiQZpp9b
I had made her pain my pain. I suffered for us both and she was the most incredible woman I had ever met. I remembered the first time we had made love and she had guided me to her throat. She had moaned and cried out as I drank from her. I knew she knew what I was but she never said anything and always gave of herself. There were times when I had suffered from severe hunger; trying to fight the need and she would cut her own wrist and make me feed. She admonished me for a being a fool. She knew what I was and she never judged. We would talk under the stars and we would lay and stare at each other for hours. She never spoke of what brought her to calamity and I knew she held back. I followed her lead and did not pry and I did not judge. I whispered my feelings into her ear as she slept beside me. I never had the guts to tell her how much I loved her in the day. She would look back at me saying my prayers and sacrifices to God and shake her beautiful head.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡldYVsITccw
“Eyal, why do you have such devotion to this God that has no name?” she asked me as she weeded my gardens.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡAvY1A38EaY
“Because it is the truth and someday I pray you will know it.” I replied seriously.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡLkGcCxb1Wk
She laughed melodiously as she continued to weed. She looked back at me and smiled.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡdixbe0U7c6
“There is a temple complex at Karnak. The high priestess has to be learned and very astute to all things so that the Goddess Hathor will speak her will through her. There are days at a time that the priestess would lay prostrate at the Goddess's feet and lead the prayers for her faithful. The joy of be filled with her spirit is amazing.” She said softly.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡDMBCOcGWQR
“Were you a follower of this Hathor?” I asked curiously.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡVCbBOO9ZQ5
“I was a follower my dearest Eyal.” She said grinning.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡj3oRfCR9K4
“I do not understand.” I said shaking my head of black hair.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡgnRS0F5HCW
“You are so beautiful Eyal of the tribe of Asher. You should not narrow your views but open your mind to other things.” She said admonishing me again.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡyyyKamzjmp
“There is one true God and that is what I know!” I said firmly.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡpFtNxIqpRa
She laughed lightly and went back to cleaning out my weeds. I went back to my prayers and I wondered what she was telling me.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡt8yk0z05gD
I was sure she was trying to tell me that she knew of my kind. She was always that mysterious and she remained that way. I could occasionally hear her thoughts and she wept in her mind a lot. I used to lie beside her and I saw images of her life. I knew but never told her that I knew she was of a noble house. I saw into her memories and I saw a male Egyptian of obvious high stature and I felt jealousy. She told me right before she died that she had born children. I grieved for her and I saw the way it haunted her features. I could never make her pain go away and I wanted to marry her but I refrained. It was obvious that she would have said no. I never told her how much I loved her and I never heard it from her. I yearned for it the same as I thirsted but it was never said.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡ1PbAAlW9Fi
I closed my eyes trying my hardest to shut out the memories. It was this place and this time of year. It always haunted me and I always shed a tear for the half of my heart that I lost that day. It was the first time I had taken in that of a mortal. I had never felt such fury in my life and such regret. I stood up and I could not stand the silence. There was always silence as I kept it as a shroud. No more pain could fill me as I would not allow that type of closeness ever again. I ported myself outside of the city and I went to her grave. I stood over the old stone marker and knelt at her grave.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡz4Y2SwKiVB
“I still cannot forget you Halima. I have tried but it never goes away. I tried to give you what you needed but I could not take your life as you asked me.” I said in shame.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡtoJ1JKBKQS
“Halima! Please let me help you.” I said softly.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡnRHysiUprz
“Help me to die! Please.” She sobbed harder.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡI1EG3wdNP8
“I cannot do that! It is a sin against God and nature.” I said quietly.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡpix9kgTV0J
“I should have died in Thebes. Does your God punish? I am being punished for something I did not do well. I could not stop them. I had to watch Judafre die!” She said screaming.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡNoBvX3NSsf
“Who was Judafre?” I asked her.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡrbg6RjC57r
“My son.” She sobbed.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡdwJKG41AZ2
“Halima please talk to me.” I said holding her.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡjNqVioZ6gs
That was the day she died and I felt as though my heart had stopped. I had to be dragged from her body by my tribesmen in the one show of compassion that any of them had ever shown me. I sighed as the loneliness gripped me. I had no idea what I wanted out of this life. I knew I wanted this life to end. I wanted to start over and become someone else. I wanted to forget her and pretend that I had never known true love. I wished that I had never gone back to Judah. I wished she could have trusted in me as I had trusted in her.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡlIDCOvWqA3
I looked out into the desert and remembered when Syna had come. I remembered the ruckus she had caused.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡSOACzgGAQF
There was rioting in the streets near my home and I cursed the stupidity of people in general; individuals could be very intelligent but put them in a group and they seemed to loose their minds. I went out to a side entrance of my villa and watched as the people were moving and yelling. I felt something that I had never felt before. M eyes widened and I knew I had to know what it was. I joined the crowd and the throng surged forward. Screaming and chanting began as `Burn her' began. I looked around and noticed that most of the people were Hebrew. Burning was usually reserved for witch craft and that did pique my interest. I watched as a female was brought forward; she was Greek by the looks of it. I pushed my way through the crowd and I realized it was her I was feeling. I looked at her and she locked eyes with me.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡDat46Ls5SI
-You are like me, save me! - She cried in my mind.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡxerbQfGMGg
My eyes widened in shock and I stared at her. I was in utter disbelief and she scowled at me.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡQy5qaEHQfy
-Save me! - She demanded.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡwSJZXPLpUD
I looked at her and raised my voice.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡ8sRzDIPkuv
“What is she accused of?” I asked.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡBl3GMdkt3z
“She is a devil; she is a witch!” I heard.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡ2zsLzpAkPv
“Where is your proof my friends?” I asked again.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡXYYOyCxnW1
“She was seen to be drinking blood!” someone yelled.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡSymVe88zCc
I thought quickly and pushed myself through the crowd.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡ9EMBql11FQ
“She is obviously not of our people. Perhaps you did not understand her ways?” I asked.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡwDPvsn7ZK4
“She was drinking blood from a chalice! She is creature from hell!” someone cried.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡ0CCnxQwGp9
“The Greeks are strange no? They have different Gods than our one true God.” I offered.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡTyOGae1bgH
“But the blood?” a woman asked.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡ2NkRiMepMY
“If the Shah were to get wind of this my friends then he would punish us most severely. You know of his tolerance of other religions and he may not allow the exodus to continue!” I said passionately.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡtNB5a8WHPm
“But Eyal!” another cried.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡRJVGp5Urhb
“Listen to me!” I yelled.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡ8kYtbggqG2
There seemed to be a grumbling among some other influential people among the community. An elder name Japhet demanded to be heard.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡp9P0f09bIY
“Eyal is right! Release her.” He commanded.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡyAHtg6zbyQ
More grumbling could be heard and the woman was released. She rubbed her sore wrists and moved away from the group.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡmGakamAqNh
-Meet me outside of the city after nightfall. - She thought to me.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡtcqjcGjlS2
I stared and I barely nodded. She took off into a run away from the Hebrew sect of Babylonia. Much later I paced outside of the city and waited for the woman to appear. Excitement tore through me at the thought of meeting another like me. I did not have to pretend. I could speak of this dark and almost evil secret. I moved a little further away from the gates and I felt her presence in the shadows.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡkqC2US9t3H
“Who are you?” I asked.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡkpnvKySlYF
“I am Syna. Who are you?” she asked me in return.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡCsR3L3J5pC
“I am Eyal.” I answered.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡ7K2KMXDVqG
“Amazing that one such as me is amongst the Hebrews. I am from Crete.” She said smoothly.
I looked at her and her skin was a dark olive. Her hair was a brownish black and she had large doe like brown eyes. Her figure was shown off in a Greek style dress that hugged her curves. It was white and it was wrapped with a gold cord.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡCL60gQy8cx
“I have so many questions.” I said.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡNOZFRLJBQ8
“I can answer them.” She replied in a husky voice.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡdYSgIFdlAE
My mouth watered and she seemed to understand. She bared her neck and motioned for me to come forward. I moved as if in a daze and lowered mylips to her jugular and sank in my sharp canine teeth. Her blood was nothing like the other women I usually fed from. It was laced with energy and like a bolt of thunder. Pleasure rushed to my groin and I moaned. She also moaned under me and closed her eyes in bliss. I pulled back after several minutes and my lips were stained crimson.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡ2cp8dGZLPc
“Are there others?” I asked urgently.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡjD0iiS41tU
“Yes there are others.” She said seductively.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡaHT3XBIbXj
“Where are they?” I asked in a strange voice.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡQZwg8JW8vM
“They are scattered through out the known world. I come across them from time to time. We can feel each other.” She said coming closer.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡkOpl7HdbJH
“How do we come about? What are we?” I asked excitedly.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡ6UoZYmAHyy
“I am known as a vrykolakas. We are daemons.” She said purring.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡ0pywFHfCQK
“What?” I asked in astonishment.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡobzNwGvKSf
“Yes, we are daemons. There is another world besides that of the mortals. We appear most like the mortals of all daemons.” She responded.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡrY9QX8dyPM
I knew she was right but the idea of daemons was foreign to me. I knew I was different but were my parents different?
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡ6PbFlQmBtc
“You were born of two vrykolakas. We grow stronger as we live longer.” She answered my unvoiced question.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡmRnVFUCaFu
“I do not understand.” I said confused.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡq6sAXqIbYx
“Allow me to taste your blood?” She asked.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡX5n8KJZ7ks
I nodded and she moved my hair back and lowered her lips and sank her fangs in. Again unbearable pleasure and pressure erupted in my groin and Imoaned. The intenseness almost made me go under right then. She chuckled against my flesh and drank of me. She pulled away and licked her lips. She stared at me in awe.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡkHkIDZCf9h
“You are very powerful. I have not tasted such strength in blood before.” She said.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡKAodamDSxB
“I have to go with you. I want to know and live amongst others of our kind.” I said grabbing her to me.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡpvHNDrwDzR
“What will you tell your mortal friends?' she purred.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡ6TyqCcperz
“I do not care. I am not them and I cannot lie with a normal woman and have a family.” I said shrugging.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡwc9Vpji2bP
“You have so much to learn; with your power you will be sought after by any female or male of your choice.” She said then licked my lips.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡEBlloYNUCn
“I see I do have much to learn.” I replied as if in a trance.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡLIgk8Twx8Y
“You need to throw off your human thoughts and feelings. They are food; no more than the beast of the field. We can live forever if not killed early. You need to learn to become the daemon you are.” She said sliding her dress off her shoulders.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡ7EagAAASDM
My eyes roved her form and ferocious desire coursed through me. I had denied my needs for so long. I had dealt with loneliness and prejudice. They dealt with me because I was rich and nothing more. They listened to power. The more I thought about things; the more they made sense. I had no ties to these mortals. I owed them nothing and I could find my true place in the world. Syna became my lover and taught me many things but I still managed to hang onto a little faith. It was my main shortcomings in her eyes.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡIhn3DM2rHF
“You always come here and you always become morose.” Syna said from behind me.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡOtn5OwYk46
“This is private Syna and I will not share this with you!” I snapped.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡjbLusm42fH
“Eyal, whoever this woman was; she is long dead but yet you still attend this grave as if she were the most important thing on earth!” she said in jealousy.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡOXZc1DZ45H
“She was the most important thing on earth! Never speak in an ill manner of her again Syna!” I yelled.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡJUa7ZYDYjH
“What was she to you that I am not?” she asked in anger.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡ5DTR7lebot
:”That is none of your business.” I said morosely.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡTdrTpsxpxC
“I should have let you burn in Jerusalem! I should have let that bastard kill you!” she said in fury.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡ6gwgowf1vz
“Perhaps you should have!” I said as my eyes flashed red in anger.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡJBcDsjYGvn
“Why will you not let me in Eyal? Why will you not let me love you?” she asked in anguish.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡapABj04QpB
“Really Syna? You are a riot. Love? What is love to us uppyr? We are monsters and of the worst sort. Somewhere God cursed us to this existence for our many sins. We can never love and mostly certainly not you!” I said cruelly.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡtvSZMgw2i1
“You would have stayed an ignorant fool if I had not shown you what you were! You suffer because you think you are evil! Well I am not evil and I most certainly will not rot in your hell. You do that well enough on your own. Keep it up Eyal and perhaps you may join that woman as dust and all alone.” She said walking away.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡB1DOE67DND
I watched my Greek spitfire leave and I could not summon any feelings for her except fondness. I looked away and I understood I had to be alone. Alone was best as I could not handle anymore pain. Halima had taken my heart with her to the grave. I looked around the Babylonian night and began to think that perhaps I did need to end this life and begin anew. The more I though the more it grew on me. Europe was a strange and unique place to me. The Greeks and the Persians were the powerhouses in the known world and I was ready for new territory.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡ1X2BymCCc2
“Syna wait!” I called.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡeFx7FknbmF
She turned and looked at me with liquid brown eyes.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡdYHQMmWU0J
“Why not come with me to Europe. Why not try our luck in the wilds of the mountains?” I asked.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡy1HBDfXfS9
“Are you serious?” she asked.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡh7PPeuaBGw
“Yes. I am serious. This is wasting away and I am tired of wasting away.” I said looking over at the emerging dawn.
195Please respect copyright.ＰＥＮＡＮＡhTvZKilGdm
I watched as the sun ascended in the Eastern sky and I made plans for my new life. All I would need now was a new name and lands where no one knew me. I looked over at Syna and she took my hand. I knew she loved me but that led to pain. I would suffer no more pain. I had one lifetime enough of it and I was going to start fresh.ns184.108.40.206da2