Mari

Suddenly from out of the reeds rush twenty men. They are all dressed in the same red cloaks and are carrying axes. A boy shouts, 'Soldiers' and everybody starts to run. The four strangers hide behind the donkeys but are soon surrounded by the soldiers. A few people manage to hide in the marshes, but you are arrested along with the strangers. Later you discover that the men were smugglers. If only you had learnt some Elamite. It will be many years before you are allowed home to Sippar.

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