The Path of Ambition by Patrick Brannigan
Approx. 5,290 words.
Published on December 29, 2011.
A servant follows his evil master to the shores of 17th-century Northern Africa and into the scorching desert. What does his master seek? Will he find what he covets? Or will the servant listen to his conscience and face demonic forces? This story won the Unleash Award 2011, one of the most prestigious Dutch fantasy awards.