The Long-Standing Online Campaign, beginning in Germany, travelling through Italy and Greece to the Sea of Azov.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Late Afternoon, Corfu
Tuesday, May 20, 1650
For six days, the Almaeon makes its way along the islands and cliffs of Dalmatia, then south along the Alban, or White Coast, before making its way through the narrow strait of Kassiopi and into Corfu Bay.
The strait is beautiful, as are the shorelines, as lush and green as anything you've seen. The trees are in bloom, the sea is sapphire blue, and the hills rise elegantly above the shore.
Little has changed; there have been no incidents to speak of, nothing extraordinarily special to report. Vespasiano is almost certain now that the cat and the old woman, Hannah by name, are unrelated to each other ... he's not seen them together since the first day. Yet the cat seems to be around, always, and all three characters, Telo, Vespasiano and Py all tell of the cat watching them.
As the ship pulls into the harbor, the passengers have been allowed up on deck. The feeling is mostly of relief; it has been six days of smooth sailing, but most of the passengers are happy as they will be allowed to venture on shore for one day. The boat will be leaving Corfu at dusk, tomorrow ... until then, there is time to walk on land, conduct business or see the sights.
Telo is enjoying the fresh air, the view of the city as you enter ... and becomes aware that Omari is standing next to him. Omari will make a few benign comments about the town, before asking Telo in a low voice, one only both of he can hear, "You are of the assassins, are you not?"