(As a result of discussions in other threads, I have decided to post six openings to stories of mine. Two of these sold to the first market they went to; two sold after garnering rejections; two remain unsold).
Outside the walls, the wind sighed across the sand, weary of driving the desert eastwards, grain by tiny grain. Yi Qin sipped her green tea and watched the Man Who Was Never Afraid. She had seen his like before, elsewhere in Fei Chu. Of an evening, in a wineshop, a man would stand (slightly unsteady on his feet), and announce his prowess to anyone who might listen. He would proclaim his strength and boldness, and how he feared nothing; not man, nor demon, nor ghost. She did not care for boastful men. But that did not mean she was prepared to let one be killed and eaten, if she might prevent it.
Some are, some are not; I was posting these in here deliberately to discuss issues raised by adamatom, Merlion-Emrys and others. I think it's important at this stage NOT to try and break out the published and unpublished stories, but to look at the group as a whole as well as each one individually (which is why I am not admitting at this point which ones have and which have not been published).
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