By Christie Golden
While the riverboat on which she works as a dancer docks at a zombie-plagued island referred to as Sourange, Larissa Snowmane needs to depend on assistance from the swamp creatures to save lots of her soul.
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Probably that soft-looking young dandy hailed from one of those lavish mansions, bred to a life of ease by his greatgrandfather's labor, or perhaps the unsavory sweat of slaves. The dock area's run-down appearance spoke of shadier doings and more immediate wealth—and danger. Such a lovely jumble of things from which to choose. Dumont mused to himself with a slow smite. There DANCE OF THE DEAD 37 would be many new and exciting things here for him to experience—new customs, new ideas, new creatures.
Dumont swore, and Larissa heard his heavy stride fade away. She waited a few moments, then cautiously peered over the crest of the roof. The young man was beneath the sign again, still grinning up at her. "You ... you didn't give me away," Larissa managed. " 'Course I didn't. He looked like he might be meaning you harm. " Larissa laughed. "1 can manage. " She edged down the roof and then dropped to the earth, landing lightly and gracefully. " DANCE OF THE DEAD 63 He looked totally surprised, and Larissa raised an eyebrow.
Well. " "Let me give you—all of you—an opportunity to experience a taste of what an evening aboard La Demoiselle will be like. Tomorrow at twilight, my cast will perform a few scenes from our show. " "Hmmm," mused Foquelaine, still not completely DANCE OF THE DEAD 39 convinced. " Dumont let himself beam in an avuncular fashion. "Not a copper, Mayor. This is my gift. And if you don't like what you see, my cast and 1 will just go right back on our boat and steam away. " Mayor Foquelaine was obviously not comfortable with the idea, but he could sense his people's excitement.