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1. "The landscape of my days appears to be composed, like mountainous regions, of varied materials heaped up pell-mell. There I see my nature, itself composite, made up of equal parts of instinct and training. Here and there protrude the granite peaks of the inevitable, but all about is rubble from the landslips of chance. I strive to retrace my life to find in it some plan, following a vein of lead, or of gold, or the course of some subterranean stream, but such devices are only tricks of perspective in the memory." Memoirs of Hadrian"
Author: Marguerite Yourcenar
2. "And why would she do that?" Hadrian shouted to the upper story."She told you herself. Farlan was going to have the sheriff investigate." "Yeah, investigate you!" "But I didn't kill anyone. Well, not anyone in Vernes … well, not recently."
Author: Michael J. Sullivan
3. "Hadrian reeked of death. It wasn't the sort of stench others could smell or that water could wash, but it lingered on him like sweat-saturated pores after a long night of drinking."
Author: Michael J. Sullivan
4. "Just—don't—move," Guy said with his hands spread out in front of him. He looked as if he were trying to catch a wild horse, and did not advance, dismount, or draw his sword.Just then the portcullis dropped."There's no escape," Guy assured him.From a nearby door, a handful of guards trotted toward Hadrian with their swords drawn."Stop!" Guy ordered, raising his hand abruptly. "Don't go near him. Just fan out."The men waiting in line looked from the soldiers to Hadrian and then backed away."I know what you're thinking, Mr. Blackwater," Guy said in an almost friendly tone. "But we truly have you outnumbered this time."
Author: Michael J. Sullivan
5. "And you? Did you find the doorknob?"Hadrian picked up a jug and downed several swallows, drinking so quickly some of the water dripped down his chin. He poured some in his palm and rinsed his face, running his fingers through his hair."I didn't even get close enough to see a door.""Well, look on the bright side"—Hadrian smiled—"at least you weren't captured and condemned to death this time.""That's the bright side?""What can I say? I'm a glass-half-full kinda guy."
Author: Michael J. Sullivan
6. "I notice you didn't include a blade with your new attire," Royce said. "Not even a little jeweled dagger.""Lords no." Albert looked appalled. "I don't fight.""I thought all nobles learned sword fighting." Royce looked to Hadrian."I thought so too.""Nobles with competent fathers perhaps. I spent my formative years at my aunt's at Huffington Manor. She held a daily salon, where a dozen noble ladies came to discuss all manner of philosophical topics, like how much they hated their husbands. I've never actually held a sword, but I can tie a mean corset and apply face paint like a gold-coin whore."
Author: Michael J. Sullivan
7. "You don't win battles with hate. Anger and hate can make you brave, make you strong, but they also make you stupid. You end up tripping over your own two feet." (Hadrian)"
Author: Michael J. Sullivan
8. "You can go back to blacksmithing in Hintindar and live a quiet happy life. Do me a favor and marry some pretty farm girl and train your son to beat the crap out of imperial knights.""Sure," Hadrian told him. "And with any luck he'll make friends with a cynical burglar who'll do nothing but torment him."
Author: Michael J. Sullivan
9. "Hadrian drew two swords from his sides in a single elegant motion. He flipped one aroundletting it spin against his palm once. "Need to get a new grip on this one. It's starting to fray again." He looked at Will. "Shall we get on with this? I believe you were about to rob us."
Author: Michael J. Sullivan
10. "Royce turned to Hadrian. "It's supposed to make them look tough, but all it really does is make it easy to identify them as thieves for the rest of their lives. Painting a red hand on everyone is pretty stupid when you think about it.""That tattoo is supposed to be a hand?" Hadrian asked. "I thought it was a little red chicken. But now that you mention it, a hand does make more sense."Royce looked back at Will and tilted his head to one side. "Does kinda look like a chicken."
Author: Michael J. Sullivan
11. "How's your foot?" Hadrian asked."It hurts.""He had a good hold.""Bit right through my boot.""Yeah, that looked painful.""So why exactly didn't you help?"Hadrian shrugged. "It was a dog, Royce. A cute, little dog. What did you want me to do, killan innocent little animal?"Royce tilted his head, squinting into the light of the late evening sun to focus on his friend."Is that a joke?""It was a puppy.""It was not a puppy, and it was eating my foot.""Yeah, but you were invading his home." ...."You know, you didn't have to throw it out the window," Hadrian said as they walked.Royce, who was still preoccupied with his foot, looked up. "What did you want me to dowith it? Scratch behind the little monster's ears as it gnawed my toes off? What if it started barking?That would have been a fine mess.""It's a good thing there was a moat right under the window."Royce stopped. "There was?"
Author: Michael J. Sullivan
12. "I need your help."Royce looked up as if his head weighed a hundred pounds, his eyes red, his face ashen. He waited."One last job," Hadrian told him, then added, "I promise.""Is it dangerous?""Very.""Is there a good chance I'll get killed?""Odds are definitely in favor of that."Royce nodded, looked down at the scarf in his lap, and replied, "Okay."
Author: Michael J. Sullivan
13. "If this keeps up, we're going to own Melengar," Hadrian mentioned."What's this we stuff?" Royce asked. "You're retired, remember?""Oh? So you'll be leading the Nationalist advance, will you?""Sixty-forty?" Royce proposed."
Author: Michael J. Sullivan
14. "Another last-minute, good-deed job," Royce grumbled as he stuffedsupplies into his saddlebag."True," Hadrian said, slinging his sword belt over his shoulder, "butthis is at least a paying job.""You should have told him the real reason we saved him from Trumbul—because we wouldn't see the hundred tenents otherwise.""That was your reason. Besides, how often do we get to do royal contracts?If word gets around, we'll be able to command top salaries.""If word gets around, we'll be hanged."
Author: Michael J. Sullivan
15. "Been meddling, have you?" Royce asked, looking around at the hive of activity."You must admit they didn't have much in the way of a defense plan,"Hadrian said, pausing to wipe the sweat from his forehead.Royce smiled at him. "You just can't help yourself, can you?"
Author: Michael J. Sullivan
16. "Wait a minute," Hadrian said. "Was it a beat-up brown leather notebook?About this big?" He gestured with his hands."Yes," the Patriarch said.Arista looked back and forth between them. "How do you know that?""I know it because I have lived in the Crown Tower," the Patriarchsaid."And you?" Arista looked at Hadrian, who hesitated."Ha-ha! Of course, of course. I knew it!" Cosmos DeLur chuckled andclapped his hands together in single applause while smiling at Hadrian."Such a wonderfully delightful rumor as that had to be true. That isan exquisite accomplishment.""You stole it?" Arista asked."Yes, he did," the Patriarch declared."Actually," Hadrian said, "Royce and I did, but we put it back the next night."
Author: Michael J. Sullivan
17. "You're too visible, Albert," Hadrian explained. "Can't afford to have our favorite noble hauled to some dungeon where they cut off your eyelids or pull off your fingernails until you tell them what we're up to.""But if they torture me, and I don't know the plan, how will I save myself?""I'm sure they'll believe you after the fourth nail or so," Royce said with a wicked grin."
Author: Michael J. Sullivan
18. "It's not that we don't trust you," Royce said as Hadrian prepared the bow. "It's just that we've learned over the years that honor among nobles is usually inversely proportionate to their rank. As a result, we prefer to rely on more concrete methods for motivations—such as self-preservation. You already know we don't want you dead, but if you have ever been riding full tilt and had a horse buckle under you, you understand that death is always a possibility, and broken bones are almost a certainty.""There's also the danger of missing the horse completely," Hadrian added. "I'm a good shot, but even the best archers have bad days. So to answer your question—yes, you can control your own horse."
Author: Michael J. Sullivan
19. "There you are!" he shouted at them. "Father has half the castle turnedout looking for you.""Us?" Hadrian asked."Yes." Fanen nodded. "He wants to see the two thieves in his chambersright away.""You didn't steal the silver or anything, did you, Royce?" Hadrianasked."I would bet it has more to do with your flirting with Lenare this afternoonand threatening Mauvin just to show off," Royce retorted."That was your fault," Hadrian said, jabbing his finger at him."
Author: Michael J. Sullivan
20. "Hadrian leapt to his feet. Royce was already up."Don't bother," Esrahaddon told them. "She's dead, and there's nothing you can do. The monster cannot be harmed by your weapons. It—"The two were out the door."
Author: Michael J. Sullivan
21. "The claw slipped again. It came off the edge of the stone and Hadrian felt his stomach rise as he fell. He dropped less than two stories and landed in a thick pile of straw, but it still hurt. With the wind knocked from him, he lay staring up at the sky and the wall.Royce's shadow crossed his face. "That was pathetic.""You're enjoying this a little too much for me to think you're honestly trying to help.""Trust me. I want you to improve. I want you to fall from much higher up."
Author: Michael J. Sullivan
22. "Oh my,' Myron said to Hadrian as he twisted to get a better view. 'I don't even think of horses when I look at her."
Author: Michael J. Sullivan
23. "Hadrian discovered that the most fascinating thing about plummeting in total darkness wasn't the odd sense of euphoria instilled from the free fall or the abject terror derived from anticipating sudden death, but that he had the opportunity to contemplate both."
Author: Michael J. Sullivan
24. "What's going on?" Royce asked as throngs of people suddenly moved toward him from the field and the castle interior."I mentioned that you saw the thing and now they want to know what it looks like," Hadrian explained. "What did you think? They were coming to lynch you?"He shrugged. "What can I say? I'm a glass-half-empty kinda guy.""Half empty?" Hadrian chuckled. "Was there ever any drink in that glass?"
Author: Michael J. Sullivan
25. "Hadrian shook his head and sighed. "Why do you have to make everything so difficult? They're probably not bad people—just poor. You know, taking what they need to buy a loaf of bread to feed their family. Can you begrudge them that? Winter is coming and times are hard." He nodded his head in the direction of the thieves. "Right?" "I ain't got no family," flat-nose replied. "I spend most of my coin on drink." "You're not helping," Hadrian said."
Author: Michael J. Sullivan
26. "Will nodded toward Hadrian. "Look at the swords he's carrying. A man wearing one—maybe he knows how to use it, maybe not. A man carries two—he probably don't know nothing about swords, but he wants you to think he does. But a man carrying three swords—that's a lot of weight. No one's gonna haul that much steel around unless he makes a living using them."
Author: Michael J. Sullivan
27. "As they climbed into their saddles, Myron bowed his head and muttered a soft prayer."There," Hadrian told Royce, "we've got Maribor on our side. Now you can relax.""Actually," Myron said sheepishly, "I was praying for the horses. But I will pray for you as well," he added hastily."
Author: Michael J. Sullivan
28. "You think he's still alive?" Royce asked, nodding his head toward Alric."Sure," Hadrian replied without bothering to look. "He's probably sleeping. Why do you ask?""I was just pondering something. Do you think a person could smother in a wet potato bag?"Hadrian lifted his head and looked over at the motionless prince. "I really hadn't thought about it until now."
Author: Michael J. Sullivan
29. "After catching an arrow in the back and passing out in Tom the Feather's barnyard, Hadrian had woken up on a comfortable bed surrounded by lovely women. He thought he'd died and regretted every time he'd ever cursed Maribor's name."
Author: Michael J. Sullivan
30. "There are still eight of us," Guy pointed out. "Not exactly an even fight.""I was thinking the same thing," Mauvin said. "Sadly, there's no one else here we can ask to join your side."Guy looked at Mauvin, then Hadrian, for a long moment as the men glared across the ash at each other. Then he nodded and lowered his blade. "Well, I can see I'll have to report your misconduct to the archbishop.""Go ahead," Hadrian said. "His body is buried with the rest of them just down the hillside."
Author: Michael J. Sullivan
31. "...Aldersgate Street, the bottom of the A1 - which was the modern designation of the original Great North Road, built by the Romans two thousand years ago to march its garrisons to the very edge of the empire three hundred miles to the north. Their duty was to reinforce Hadrian's Wall, keeping the outer darkness at bay and the empire safe."
Author: Peter F. Hamilton

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