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I regretted leaving them. I was alone. " Ali Bey shouted from the barn. A shadow appeared, silent and swift as a cat in the dark. ] "Rustem, I brought another boy today, he is right here, his name is Muselim. Take him home, I will be a little late:' To me, he said: "Go, my boy, go home with Rustem:' Rustem was a black man. His white teeth were lustrous and shiny even in the darkness. His eyes seemed as big as apples, constantly darting about. He was tall, agile and young. "Come, peej (bastard];' he said.

The smell of fire and cooking followed us as we stepped through a door into a room lit with candles. Two women were seated cross~ legged on a large cushion, eating. The aroma told me they were having green beans cooked with meat! lZ ® their heads, trying to identify us in the shadowy light. "I brought you another boy;' Rustem announced. "What boy! " said one of the women, raising her scarf above her chin. I knew that I would be executed before dawn. If not for the dogs outside, I might try to flee and disappear into the woods.

Eat;' came a voice. Before me, on a large plate, were fresh bread, bulgur pila£ and yogurt. " I asked. "Take it, my son, take it;' said the old Turk. He turned to stare out the window. It seemed to me that his voice was sad. A while later he looked back into the room, troubled, and gestured toward the field where our caravan was spread out, and said, very slowly: 'i\li Bey, we must see that their curse does not stay with us:· Nothing was said for a long time. I finished eating and waited for the next move.

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