Kevin certainly knows how to keep his cool, and his new acquaintance is impressed.
What’s less impressive is the laziness of the name given to the Shah, an anagram of Iran. But a quick look online shows that the time period of the action does correspond to the beginning of the Safavid Empire, when rulers referred to as Shah first arose. Beyond that historical note, this sequence is as near to fantasy as Kevin ever strayed. It’s a good thing, because it all seems a bit cliched to me.
They seem to have made quick work of rebuilding the stone bridge, but danger lies ahead. Religious fanatics are introduced, and they’re not the visiting Muslims!
To be continued…
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