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Launch date Jan15th 2021

The poison was created and was now ready to administer. Emsaf was facing the task of finding an assassin to drop the poison into the king’s month without being detected by the king or the guards outside his room. Emsaf spent the next four months visiting, in disguise, known criminal elements of the area looking for the right person to complete his plan. During his search, a small 15-year-old boy working as a servant heard what Emsaf was wanting to accomplish. After Emsaf left the residence of one of the known criminals, the young boy approached him and said, “You want the king dead. I will do it.”

Emsaf turned to the boy and asked, “What makes you think you can kill a king surrounded by guards?”

The boy then produced Emsaf’s coin purse from his pocket and replied, “Did you see or feel such a heavy purse being lifted from your cloak? Of course, you did not. I am invisible to everyone.”

Emsaf asked, “And you think because you lifted a purse from me you can kill a king, do you?”

 The young boy replied, I have killed six of the seven men that killed my father while they slept. The only reason the seventh is not dead is because I do not know in which room he sleeps.”

Emsaf chuckled asking, “Where does he live, in the king’s palace?”

The young man glared at Emsaf and replied, “Yes, his name is Zoskales.”

Emsaf stunned by the young man’s response said, “Your father was killed by the king and his men. Why?”

The young man replied, “My father, Ezana, one of the last of the house of Ityopp’is’, called the king an imposture and not the true king of the Aksum people. He was killed in the street by six men at the order of the king. I have killed all six of them. I now seek to kill the king, but I cannot find where he sleeps. I will help you if you help me.”

Emsaf said, “I knew Ezana well, he was the leader of the remnant of the house of Ityopp’is of which I was a member. He had a young son who attended the meetings with him. Is your name Reuel?”

The young man answered, “Yes, “I am Reuel.” Emsaf pulled off his disguise and took the boy in his arms. And then showed Reuel the mark of Ityopp’is’ on his right pectoral muscle. When Reuel saw the mark he too pulled back his shirt to reveal his mark to Emsaf.

Emsaf then said, “You Reuel will soon be the rightful ruler of Aksum. The house of Ityopp’is’ will once again take its rightful place as ruling family of the Aksum people. Come with me my brother you will live with me now. I will tell you there how we will kill the king and install you as the new ruler with me by your side.”

Emsaf and Reuel poured over the palace plans and where each room was located. Reuel would go out every night to find the best entry in and out of the Palace without exposing himself to the light. Being in the light at any time would expose him to the watchful eyes of the Palace guards. After weeks of Reuel’s slender body running across the roof of the Palace he was confident of his approach into the King’s sleeping quarters. Emsaf was finalizing the poison and a safe way for Reuel to carry it across the roof tops and then administer it into the King’s month. Emsaf designed a glass bottle which would fit inside a solid cylinder secured with a screw type top that only required one silent turn to open. The bottle had an eye dropper inside a cork that fit into the top of the bottle. That allowed the eye dropper to fill with the poison while the top was still securely on the bottle.  The eye dropper would only hold two drops and two drops only, which was more than enough to start the toxins destroying the cells of the body as did the spider that the poison emulated. Reuel made three runs with the cylinder strapped to this leg to make sure he could still move quietly along the roof and in the King’s sleeping quarters. After two months they were both ready to make the final run into the King’s sleeping quarters to administer the poison. Emsaf had already done all the research of the Aksum archives that would reveal the true linage of the Aksum people and the rightful claim of the House of Ityopp’is’ to the throne of the Aksumite Empire. Everything was set and Reuel was more than ready to avenge his father and ascend to the throne of the Aksumite Empire. The day that was picked was the anniversary of Reuel’s father’s death 10 years prior. The day arrived and all the preparations were complete. In the wee hours of the night, Reuel strapped the cylinder on his hip and leg to make his way across the roof of the Palace. As He went to the Palace Emsaf was compiling the information to prove their claim to the throne. Within two hours Reuel was back at the quarters of Emsaf. Emsaf asked, “Is it done?”

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Published by M.Short

As a 19 year old CW2 helicopter combat pilot, M. Short served as an aircraft commander being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star and eleven Combat Air Medals while serving the U.S. Army in the Vietnam war. His passion for Science Fiction and his experiences in combat as a pilot gave him his inspiration for the series -A Saga of Dogs of War. A Mercenaries Story. His series starts in 2235 after the Earth starts to heal from a cataclysmic event. The series follows the lives and experiences of one mercenary clan as they reclaim the Earth for their corporate sponsor, XTECH.

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