The Road to Port Haven (Chapter 1­, page 1 of 25)


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Kara Savalas knew that her father's men would come for her one day and she had long prepared for the moment. She kept the few belongings she would need near at hand always, even when she went to her job at the London docks, and always she was watchful for any sign of her countrymen, whom she could easily identify by their hand-gestures, subtleties in their movements, the way they dressed and walked and carried themselves. A Greek man in a London dockside fish market stood out like a kipper in a basket of cockles.

Her few friends, most of them genuine Cockney girls who had lived for generations within the sound of London's Bow Bells, had from the beginning known that she was in some sort of trouble, but hadn't the slightest grasp of the extent until one of them spotted the two men walking past the rows of girls cleaning fish, scrutinizing every face. Maggie Finch, the closest thing Kara had to a friend, wiped her hands on her bloody apron and nudged elbows with the Greek girl to discreetly get her attention.

'Here now, will you have a look at those two! They're up to no good if you ask me.'

Kara had though herself prepared for this moment, but the reality left her feeling leaden and cold inside. 'I- I think I'll just step out for a moment-'

Maggie gave her a measured, unsurprised look, as though she, too, had suspected in advance that this moment would come. 'You know those men, don't you.' It was a statement.

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