V. POMEGRANATE BLOSSOMS

 

MALACHI

1599 Bhadra (August) – Lahore, Capital of Hindustan, the Mughal Empire.

 

“Returning from the war, as I sat by the king’s side, Love came to me and asked, will you die for me? Will you walk through fire for me? Would you forsake the sweetest of wines and the greatest of feasts to never let go of my hand?”

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I. RIVER OF VELVET

ESTHER

“And because he loved her…foolishly…selfishly…unreasonably, with no regard for anyone or anything else. He reached out, clenching the hilt of his own sword and drove it through her heart…until the blade pierced through her back and into his own chest, even then it was not enough. He tightened his grip and with the last of his strength, he forced the steel through both of their hearts. And with no final words, not even a final glance, they died by Diyala River…the end.” (more…)