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Horus Indwelling

The Numinous World Anthology has grown a bit, adding a few more stories, including one I wrote just for this anthology, Horus Indwelling. It's the story of how Alexander's body was finally brought to the Soma in Alexandria, and yes, it's a Lydias story.



The stars paled over Alexandria in anticipation of the glowing orb of the sun. Already some noise filtered over the garden wall, people in the streets getting an early start to this day of days. I stole a piece of bread from the kitchen as though I were no more than a boy again and went to eat it on the bench beneath the young peach tree, its branches in bud but not yet blooming, away from the bustle in the house.

Demetria found me there. "Hello father," she said, plopping down on the bench beside me. "I thought I'd find you out here." She was already dressed, her white chiton spotless and her hair pinned up at the back of her neck in a dozen bronze pins which it was already escaping from. There were no pins that could contain her energy, no dress that could survive her for long, no matter how hard she tried to be grave and solemn.

"Right here," I said, and put my arm about her waist. "You look nice."

"Like a liberated city?" she asked with a smile.

"Not really," I said. "But I'm not sure I get the point of that." Demetria had a part in the parade which she was very proud of, marching with a dozen other girls of good family her age as Liberated Cities of Asia in the pageant. Demetria was Miletus, a nice compliment, and one I was sure I should thank Bagoas for. She had a very elaborate headdress with buildings made out of gilded cartonnage. It made her look less like the city of Miletus and more like a fourteen year old girl in a funny hat, but she was very proud of it.

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chiliarch
Apr. 19th, 2011 01:08 pm (UTC)
If I hadn't already decided to buy the anthology, this would be sure to make me do it. Lydias and Alexander (even if it's only his body) is an absolute must. Can't wait for May to come.
jo_graham
Apr. 19th, 2011 08:02 pm (UTC)
Oh good! It was so nice to write Lydias and Ptolemy again. And really the last hurrah for the Companions, at least in that life....
_illumina_
Apr. 19th, 2011 01:34 pm (UTC)
Waiting with bated breath!
jo_graham
Apr. 19th, 2011 08:03 pm (UTC)
Very soon! It should be just a couple of weeks!
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