The Dark Magi (Part 6, page 1 of 84)


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Part 6

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The young man dressed in black desert garb jumped lightly from the deck amidship the sleek, two-masted schooner, eschewing the gangplank which was in use, and began wending his way through the noisome docks that were one continuous, colourful, floating, bustling outdoor market. The sun above was high and hot in a pale desert sky only a few shades lighter than the colour of the incredibly transparent water. A swirling chiarsoscuro of colourful birds milled above, and dark shapes in the water below. The floating wooden docks and ships, the tackle and cargo and tall mast swathed in furled sailcloth, together created a smell and feel as exciting as sunshine and promise itself. Paradise, thought Ali to himself, taking the brisk salt air deep into his lungs. Heaven on Earth.

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