The Roman guard actually put his unclean hands on our wizard’s holy person. I watched, aghast, trying to ignore the curious motion within the basket, an echo of the fear that snaked around my heart. Then the ill-mannered guard approached me and I held my basket out to him, hoping he’d reach inside, hoping that whatever evil spirit lurked there would fly out and strike him dead!
But the guard sniffed dismissively and waved me through like a peasant. It was the first time, but not the last time, I realized how easily Romans discounted a girl. Of course, my mother had learned that lesson long ago.
Would readers like me to continue exerpting Lily of the Nile or would you rather read excerpts from the sequel, SONG OF THE NILE?
Also, while I have your attention, I should note that you can pick up THE PRINCESS OF EGYPT MUST DIE, my story that explains just how Queen Arsinoe II of Egypt came to be the first Ptolemaic female pharaoh and the most notorious survivor of the ancient world. It’s free now as part of the ETERNAL SPRINGS Young Adult anthology on Smashwords and also available at Amazon.