By Eric Flint, David Drake,
Merely 3 issues stand among the Malwa and the conquest of Earth: Byzantium, the empire of Rome within the East; a crystal that urges mankind to struggle; and Belisarius, common of the Byzantine Empire, and arguably the best commmander the Earth has ever recognized.
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Belisarius laughed with her. ” Then, he became serious. “But I am a craftsman. I never wanted to be a soldier, you know. As a boy, I spent all my time at the smithy, admiring the blacksmith. ” He shrugged. “But, it was not to be. Not for a boy of my class. So a soldier I became, and then, a general. ” He smiled. “Do you know why my soldiers adore me? ” Now on treacherous ground, Antonina kept silent. ” The smile grew crooked. ” Antonina was still. Very treacherous ground. Belisarius started laughing.
He looked from husband to wife, and back again. Then looked away, stroking his beard. “Yes, that would work,” he murmured. “Work perfectly, in fact. But—” He gazed up at the general. “Do you understand—” “Leave us, Anthony,” said Belisarius. Calmly, but unyieldingly. “If you please. ” Michael and Cassian arose and made their way to the door. There, the bishop turned back. ” Antonina stared straight ahead. Her dusky face was almost pale. Her eyes glittered with unshed tears. Belisarius tore his gaze away and looked at the bishop.
The brothers exchanged glances. Belisarius chuckled. “Tempting, isn’t it? But I’m afraid we’ll have to let it go. ” demanded Bouzes. ” echoed his brother. “It’s a perfect opportunity. ” “You’re not thinking clearly. First, we have no idea what route the caravan’s taking. Don’t forget, we’d only have one day—two at the most—to catch the caravan before it arrives at the Persian camp. In order to be sure of finding it, we’d have to send out an entire regiment of cavalry. At the very least. ” demanded Coutzes.