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Part IV – Madam Yin’s Guide to Mourning

G Johanson

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Copyright 2012 by G Johanson

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For the next few weeks Shaozu was the one who was sleeping most of the day while Kammani seemed to have come back to life. She had conquered her fears and fought back, and how. There were subtle differences, the gentle cadence of her previously tremulous voice hardening. She rarely wore headscarves anymore, and she was as liable to address strangers now as Lihua. Lihua rode the horse while Shaozu sat with Kammani in the cart, a bandaged and stitched up good for nothing excuse for a bodyguard. He kept apologising to them both for his repeated failure – Kammani had been forced to defend herself again – yet neither woman seemed to mind that he had proven entirely ineffectual. As Kammani said, he tried his best and had been prepared to die to protect her and that was enough for her. Lihua, who had only just been relieved of taking basic care of Kammani, with her mistress now largely self-sufficient, found herself taking on the role of Shaozu’s carer, a position that both found awkward but someone had to help him while he recovered and Kammani was not suited to the task.

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