Part VII – Forgotten Home
Copyright 2012 by G Johanson
Smashwords Edition, License Notes
This ebook is licensed for your personal enjoyment only. This ebook may not be re-sold or given away to other people. If you would like to share this book with another person, please purchase an additional copy for each recipient. If you’re reading this book and did not purchase it, or it was not purchased for your use only, then please return to Smashwords.com and purchase your own copy. Thank you for respecting the hard work of this author.
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.