(The Empire: Book 1)
By Laura R Cole
Copyright 2013 Laura R Cole
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Rhys darted through the streets, swerving in and out of the throng of people effortlessly. He deftly side-stepped an oncoming wagon and twirled around to avoid getting trampled by a horse going the other way. Ducking underneath a canopy, he raced down an alley and emerged into another crowded marketplace.
There was hardly a clear area in the square. Vendors took up all the free space along the side of the road, and the road itself was lively with activity. Though the sun had barely appeared in the sky, it seemed the whole city was already awake.