Smoking Clouds – chapter 1
The stench of rotting food permeated her nostrils as she regained consciousness. Hiding out in the refuse from the food stalls was not an every day occurrence for Ewdina, but the package she concealed must make it to its true owner. She looked every part the beggar as she hid and waited. Ewdina tried to avoid being too conspicuous, but that was of no avail in a place where travellers where rarely seen.
Ewdina heard the buzzing, and then watched the scene unfold in front of her. Space was opening up as if being cut open by a knife. White light filled the new space as a wooden shed gradually appeared where the wall was cut open. She lay perfectly still, trying to blend in with her surroundings.
The shed door slowly opened and a figure dressed in black stepped out. He lifted his hat and looked up and down the alley. Ewdina saw his blazing blue eyes, piercing her mind as he looked quickly in her direction. His attention was diverted as a person turned down the alley with a garbage cart. Turning her attention quickly from the person with the cart back to the stranger in black, she realized he had disappeared.