Stela Slumber Party at Lumi White’s

It was a cool spring evening as the guests arrived one by one at Lord White’s home in Zausberg. Lumi White met each guest at the door with a smile on her face. The slumber party had been her idea and she was anxious to make it memorable. First to arrive was Raessa, princess of Baghdad.  “Woooo!” She cried, fists raised above her head, a small satchel swinging from one fist. Lumi jumped at the exuberant princess. “I’ve been looking forward to this all week!”  “Thank you for coming, Princess Raessa,” Lumi said. “Oh, pish posh on the ‘princess’,” Raessa said as she swept by Lumi into the house, “What a lovely home!” “Thank you.” There was a knock on the door as Lumi directed Raessa to the front room. Lumi turned to the door and let in…

Impossible Interview: An Interview With Alyan Chi

I arrived at the palatial home, just outside Baghdad, of Prince Al-addin, known to us as the commoner Alyan Chi. Amidst the sumptuous surroundings in a place of honor next to Alyan was a simple slightly tarnished lamp. Alyan sat across from me dressed all in white looking somewhat nervous and unsure. STELA: Prince Al-addin,…

If You Had Three Wishes…

You find yourself in a dark cave, a slight glow emanates far off to your right. You stumble towards the dull shine, a thin dusty golden tube sticks up out of the sandy floor. Digging around it, you find an old oil lamp; the tube is the spout. Rubbing it to remove more dust and…

A Tour of Alyan’s Baghdad

You approach Baghdad, the City of Peace astride your cantankerous camel, the hot dry desert and your three month journey behind you. Stretching from horizon to horizon, the Tigris River meanders before you as you ride towards the Khurasan Gate. Passing over the river, you survey the high wall that circles the city and that…