The day Father died Oldest Brother’s body was found at the bottom of a staircase where he had no business to be.
Third Brother moved with vicious precision, becoming Head of the Family before the mourning period was over.
Custom demanded that Chi become his sister-wife. She hid her fears under a smooth face, even when he led her to his bed.
He laughed and stroked her hair.
“Fear not, small one. I have no thought to incest. You will not bear halfwitted babies to satisfy the priesthood.”
Chi’s adored husband bought her a bodyguard, who fathered strong sons.