Man of War – Excerpt No. 246

The man who challenged him took the envelope and smiled, while the other helped Marc onto the dock. Without being prompted, the boatsman pushed off.

I haven’t paid you,” Marc protested.

“The drinks were enough,” the boastmans said as he centred the craft into the canal and made headway.

Meanwhile the man placed the letter over the open flame of a lantern. It caught fire and was consumed in seconds, leaving behind a blackened page. Wait! Is that lettering in the ash?

Servant burning a sealed letter over a lantern's flame. Clothes and setting appropriate to 16th century Venice

Disclaimer: This excerpt from Man of War is currently in development. There may be typos, errors, omissions, inconsistencies and so forth.


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