TITLE: STAR SWANS AND SARKI
GENRE: YA Fantasy
Melani has been hiding from her father as a street person. The street people told her to move on, and she did move—but not far enough. They come for her and her little boy in the middle of the night, and they laugh at her when they tell her what they're going to do with their bodies. She pulls away and runs into an old friend. He threatens the street people with a sword, but they don't seem to care.
“But the Ambroz will know,” Melani insisted. “He will tell the governor.”
“He never has before,” the woman said. “If there is an Ambroz, he will not care what happens to you.”
“Melani,” Enrikos said. “Do they know who you are?”
The street people froze. If they knew her name, she had to intimidate them, or they'd hand her to her father. She pulled the blanket away from Jaavan's face and held him up for them to see. She could hear the men whispering.
“Did you hear her name?”
“Did you see his face?”
“We are so dead.”
“Why else would a Grand Master defend her?”
“We didn't know,” the small man with the big voice protested.
“Do you think the governor will care whether or not you knew?” Enrikos asked.
They shook their heads and backed away.
“Wait,” Melani called. Do not think to turn me in for a reward. If word of what you have seen tonight reaches the governor, you will die. He will not pardon you for sharing information with him, not when he learns you would have killed his daughter and his heir. You cannot imagine his wrath. The man who sent my husband to the mines does not show mercy.”
Melani turned to face the woman. “He will not care what happens to you.”