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By Peter Lerangis

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This is the tale of Daria, a twelve-year-old orphan deserted one of the Babylonians. It chronicles her valiant conflict to rescue her ally from sure demise and to flee the one urban she’s ever referred to as home.

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On the finish of the alleyway, i glanced round conscientiously, towards the rear of Taso’s apartment. all of the constructions the following have been perched on the most sensible of a protracted, moat-like gap referred to as the Trough of Tears. within the instances prior to Nabu-Kudurri-Usur, public enemies have been tortured and thrown to their deaths right here. Their cries have been stated to echo upward in the course of the evening, in order that in simple terms the negative or hardhearted lived the following now. I heard a door open and flattened myself to the wall. Taso the good emerged from his rear door, conserving a huge bucket approximately the scale of his mythical stomach. He lumbered to the sting of the cliff, and with a grunt tossed out the bucket’s foul contents. I waited until eventually he used to be again inside of, then tiptoed to the sting. What outstanding luck—an previous wood ladder led downward into the pile of refuse. i may climb down and scoop the most up to date layer off the pinnacle. I decreased myself, guided through moonlight. i'll see circulation in the scraps, so I hissed, inflicting a workforce of rats to scurry away. They scolded me with indignant squeaks as I climbed as a long way down as i'll, preserving my breath. I gripped the ladder tightly with one hand, and with the opposite I leaned all the way down to scoop up a couple of handfuls of fruit peels and vegetable scraps. Stuffing them into my pouch, I scrambled again to the head. A clopping of leather-based sandals rang out from the alleyway among buildings—a shield on patrol. rather than returning on that course, I made my manner around the ridge, skirting the backs of the homes. so much of them have been empty and in disrepair, their occupants placed to dying through Nabu-na’id. It didn’t take a lot to anger the king. occasionally a bad visual appeal used to be adequate to earn a guard’s spear on your again. With a voice like yours, Daria, you have to be acting for the king. Nico’s phrases infuriated me. the idea of pleasing the king made my abdominal clench. It used to be a ask yourself that tyrant had now not torched the slums. Given the alternative of being saved by means of the king and dwelling my wretched lifestyles, I’d take the wine store and the streets. With Sippar surrounding us, town used to be already legal sufficient. Who had to dwell in a catch inside a seize? on the final residence, I peered round conscientiously. i may listen the low murmur of dialog on the street. extra guards? I couldn’t confirm. I concealed within the doorway of a mud-brick condo. A hot desolate tract wind introduced a clean whiff of rot from under. within the distance i'll see flickering mild from a few of the homes and from the palace ziggurat, spiraling upward. previous that, simply past the bend of the horizon, used to be Sippar. The relocating boundary that encircled Babylon. The black veil had descended a long time in the past. Sippar, which so much considered yes demise. It used to be whispered round the urban that I had truly come from Sippar, not only been discovered close to it. I didn’t think that. I didn’t think any of the myths approximately Sippar. a hoop of dying, previous which not anything existed—it appeared one of these factor you’d inform a toddler to maintain her from enjoying within the woods. there has been a global past the limits of town, of that i used to be yes.

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