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Copyright 2013 G.M. Brown
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The room, already quiet due to the clandestine nature of the meeting, fell into a deeper silence when he entered. He took his seat at the place of honor and scanned the faces of those around him. What a casual observer would have noticed is that all of the men in the room were young, very young, but all exuded power either through the garments they wore or the indefinable aura around them. The silence lengthened as Joseph continued to look into the eyes of his fellow patriots (others would have called them plotters), examining each for a sign of weakness or uncertainty. What was reflected back was a satisfying mixture of confidence and unwavering resolution. In a time of spies and treachery this was most necessary.
No servants were present to serve the men gathered and the nature of the meeting precluded a lavish setting. Each man had a small carafe of wine and some bread to satisfy any desires. Few had touched anything, nerves perhaps Joseph mused.
“So here we are, for what should be our penultimate meeting”, began Joseph. “The next time we gather we will either be in a position to rejoice or console ourselves with failure. Let us pray that it is the former.”