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Part VII – Forgotten Home

G Johanson

Smashwords Edition

Copyright 2012 by G Johanson

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By the time Shaozu had taken his rightful position riding the horse at the front of their cart (their fourth, the farmer’s mare dying on their travels, with the replacement, Suzhou Boy, biting into their limited funds) they had entered the Ottoman Empire where they faced intense scrutiny on their travels. Shaozu’s face bore a nasty scar at his right temple, one of many given to him by Wuma that would leave their mark for many years to come, and this scar instantly changed people’s perception of him. Suddenly strangers addressed him as though he were a shady character and it aggrieved him. Tso riding ahead of them didn’t help matters either. When Shaozu had fulfilled that task he had not gone looking for trouble and had only fought when necessary. Tso fought anyone who he viewed as appearing suspicious, including fellow travellers and a large cadre of soldiers, a fight which was still ongoing when Shaozu and the ladies arrived. Shaozu’s arrival into the fray turned the tide but Tso was not grateful and quarrelled with Shaozu after they had won, questioning his decision to spare four of the soldiers.

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