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Lacquer (Varonian Nights, Chapter 4)

March 15, 2010

Author:  Tom Bruno
Title:  Lacquer (Varonian Nights, Chapter Four)
Genre: Fantasy/Crossbow Noir
Rating:  PG-17
Frequency: Semi-Weekly


Ever since he was a boy, Julio dreamed of speed. His father, a fisherman by trade, had captained the winning vessel in the Fiesta della Madre race for eleven consecutive years, with all but one of them with his young son on the victorious boat’s prow. How Julio had loved racing down the Grand Canal and back up again, feeling the rush of the outgoing tide down to Terminalia and the spray of salt on one’s face as the rowers turned around and battled their way back up to the Great Seawall of the Old Quarter. In all of the Three Continents, was there anything better?

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