The Wager

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Winnings Inside the tent, after our eyes had adjusted to the dimness of it, Ali cut the rope from her wrist and stepped behind the quavering figure. With proud determination, he lifted and snatched the concealing cloth from her grip, and dashed it to the floor. She folded and collapsed into a curled heap, her delicate arms and legs flaying the air as she tried to shield her naked body from imaginary blows.
She was the young Syrian girl we had seen sold at the auction. I ran to Ali and promptly burst into tears, and thanked him and thanked him, until he had to put his finger on my lips to silence me.

This pretty slave girl, won as part of a wager on a camel race, will after suitable preparation and instruction, become one of Sheik Ali's harem girls.