Chef Jakub – Written By Stephen Fahey. Part 15

That week I was due to visit Josef Christof again. I had told the Vizier that I needed to attend a family event and he grumbled but, in the end, he agreed, but only when I assured him that I would return that night. Christof remembered his promise to put a vessel at my disposal or host a banquet for me at my discretion on one such boat and he had also kept his word and not spoken to anyone of our agreement. As we talked during my visit he pressed me for information about the Vizier and begged me to help him acquire trade routes to the Gulf. I returned his trust by promising to do what I could and rounded off my visit with the gift of a scroll of music written in the Vizier’s mother tongue, for Josef’s collection of artefacts. I had warmed to Christof. As I said, he was affable, but his genuine nature was endearing and his cultured manner always led to fascinating conversations. Not to mention the opportunities he represented.

To be continued…

© Stephen Fahey

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