A Story of the Pelted
by M. C. A. Hogarth
Copyright 2011 M.C.A. Hogarth
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Two young Harat-Shariin women lay on their bellies on the carpet; one a striped tigraine with loose chestnut-hair and a tail that had a tendency to curl during concentration, the other a spotted cheetahine, narrow-hipped and long-limbed like so many of her intrarace. On the carpet between them lay a spread of colorful cards: winged catlike women in pale robes, fierce nude griffins all golden with loincloths of lake and gemstones, sinuous hexapedal half-ghost creatures in blue and rime-white.