A short story by Gail Carriger. Mithra lives in a small village near the huge Roman Empire and she knows, as do all in her village that it is only a matter of time before the Romans come for them. When it finally happens with the use of her wits and observational skills, she finds an ingenious and sweet solution to their problems and one that will keep them safe for many years to come.
Apparently this was Ms. Carriger's first professional sale and was based on a legend she had heard with some creative license on her part, of course. It's a sweet little tale but don't expect much in the way of character development or serious plot. It's short and simple but nicely done.
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