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EXCERPT



She was ready to walk away and leave him stranded...the man had a treasure map. What if it was real?


Sirena’s mind raced. Even with different colors hoisted, after the last night’s raid, she ran the risk that the Strega’s sails would be detected as soon as they appeared on the horizon. Her ship could not approach the city’s defensive walls. Not until all the rumors settled and no survivors would recognize them. On the other hand, she couldn’t pass through the Pila Gates as a lone woman. Last time she had spoken to her brother, he had said he’d be docking in Ragusa’s harbor on the second Sunday of August. Still two days away, but she should pay him a visit. Maybe he’d been home and had news.

I possess a map.” The man’s voice snapped her out of her planning.

She lowered her sword, and her glance, to his feet and flicked a crab into the sea. “Charts are of no interest to me.”

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