By Judith Tarr
THE PRINCE: Spoiled, reckless, heedless of any needs or wants yet his personal, sentenced to a bad destiny for his sins opposed to guy, lady, and God.
THE STALLION: both spoiled, both reckless, sure till demise to a sour servitude.
THE TURK'S inheritor: Fiercest of competitors, so much committed of enemies, whose armor hides a mystery. Come into the realm of the Arabian Nights, the place magic and secret meet; the place justice lays a sinner low, and the magic of the center turns hate to like.
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Beyond it are scattered brick buildings, backlit by the predawn glow. Hundreds of dirty, unshaven men pour from the train and surround it, like ants on candy, cursing and stretching and lighting cigarettes. Ramps and chutes clatter to the ground, and six- and eight-horse hitches materialize from nowhere, spread out on the dirt. Horse after horse appears, heavy bob-tailed Percherons that clomp down the ramps, snorting and blowing and already in harness. Men on either side hold the swinging doors close to the sides of the ramps, keeping the animals from getting too close to the edge.