The Epic of Sakina
By Shari Paul
[Note: This is part 2 of a two-part novelette. Visit our previous post to read Part 1.]
The ride back to her father’s house had never felt so long, doubly so under Naima’s interrogation. Sometime during the wait for Sakina’s return at the barracks, Naima had spoken to a few of the guards and decided that Leif was a djinn. It was a welcome distraction, as she teased her friend and gave her only the vaguest answers. This was not something she could share, and once Naima realised this, she changed tack anyway, instead telling Sakina about the business at her store.
Sakina went straight to the library when she was back at the house, ancestors whispering in her ear. It was time she started a record of this. As she sank into her chair though, someone knocked at the door.
She looked up and a shiver coursed her spine like lightning. It was the alim. (Continue Reading…)