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 Category:  Mystery and Crime Fiction
  Posted: October 17, 2019      Views: 57
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Chapter 10 of the book The Deadly Wind
The holy man's children are introduced.
"The Children" by Thomas Bowling

Sheik Abdul pulled back his sleeves to reveal stumps where his hands had been. He had written an article critical of Isis. It was published and found its way into the hands of a minor caliph who decided the author's hands should be chopped off to silence him. Abdul accepted this as his rightful punishment. He even thanked the caliph for teaching him the error of his ways and sparing his life. 

His father was not so forgiving. In time, he captured the caliph. After chopping his hands off, he gathered the caliph's wife and children. He made him watch as one by one he chopped off their hands and then their heads, wielding the sword himself. Finally, he ordered the caliph to kneel before him. He approached slowly, lifted the sword above his head one last time, paused for a moment to allow the caliph to reflect on his loathsome crime, and chopped his head off. The bodies were wrapped in pig's skin and burned. There would be no burials, no entrance into Heaven.

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After the men had spoken, His Holiness called for his daughter. She entered the room, approached and bowed. No name was offered. She didn't speak. Under Sharia law, it is forbidden for a woman to speak in public. She was covered head to foot in a black robe. Only her eyes were exposed, green almond-shaped eyes. Banner had no way of knowing but guessed she was beautiful. It was the perfect family, except His Holiness was a madman bent on destroying America.

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The following day, Banner and the holy man traveled with an entourage to a nearby village where His Holiness would give a teaching and Banner would see the man in his element. He hoped to understand the mystical power he had over his followers. They drove across the desert for about an hour in a northerly direction. Finally, they came to a mountain. One of the guards gabbed Banner's arm. "It will be on foot from here".

The small group walked higher and higher up the steep mountainside. As they walked along a particularly narrow path, one of the guards turned to Banner. “Be careful”. The look in his eyes said there was nothing he would like better than to scrape this American off the canyon floor. Banner decided he would be very careful.

As they made their way along the mountain path, part of the footing gave way beneath the holy man's daughter. 

To be continued . . . 


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