Part VI – Dissension in the Ranks
Copyright 2012 by G Johanson
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Shaozu was a quiet man who went long periods without speaking as they travelled. Tso was entirely different, and when he was not addressing the passengers in the cart behind him he would make random observations to himself or sing loudly. While he did not have the voice of an angel, his folk songs were bearable to listen to, Kammani appreciating their rustic charms. She approved of Lihua’s choice of appointing him as her new bodyguard. It had been the only real choice that she could have made. Shaozu was good but he was injured and Tso was far more ruthless and driven. To get them to their destination of Paris he’d run over his own mother and Kammani saw that as a desirable quality.
Like Shaozu, Lihua wasn’t the most gregarious of souls either and Kammani noted that ever since she had made this decision she lapsed into silence more frequently and Kammani found that she had to move their conversations along. For all of Tso’s many flaws (and they appeared to be legion, his amusement at his own flatulence being Kammani’s main pet hate, at present) he at least had a big personality. Kammani vaguely recalled that she had surrounded herself with interesting characters back in her prime, though these had all been cultured men and women. She herself was considered an interesting personality, and now that she was out of the tomb she was striving to get back to that, which wasn’t easy to do when she was surrounded by insipid company. She cared for Lihua deeply but she wanted her to loosen up and become more of a free spirit. They would have more fun that way.