Part III – Capital Crisis
By G Johanson
Copyright 2012 by G Johanson
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Kammani didn’t have to put on an act when they approached Beijing, which, despite massive changes since the last time she was here, remained faintly recognisable. It had been called Fanyang then, and her previous handmaidens and attendants had tried to tell her that that city was destroyed and a new one built in its place but she was sure that some remnants remained. The topography, for one, had not changed, this constant providing some stability in her life. They found a stable where they were able to place their horse (for a much deserved rest) and cart, for a minimal fee, and they wandered through the bustling streets, finding lodgings in a squalid hotel before the end of the day. Lihua was only prepared to pay for one room with a double bed and she explained to Shaozu in their room what the sleeping arrangements would be. Kammani stood by the window looking down from their fourth floor room at the cosmopolitan people below, enraptured by the spectacle. She did not care that this was an undesirable part of the city; to her it felt vibrant and alive.