The Noblest Vengeance

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Meryem spent most of the afternoon in the kitchen, preparing some old family specialties to take to her uncle as a peace offering. Havva helped her with dolma, cooked stuffed vegetables, and bourekas, baked pastries made with phyllo dough and filled with minced meat. Aidan tasted one, and it reminded him of a similar dish his Aunt Sophia had made for family parties.

Meryem spent most of the afternoon in the kitchen, preparing some old family specialties to take to her uncle as a peace offering. Havva helped her with dolma, cooked stuffed vegetables, and bourekas, baked pastries made with phyllo dough and filled with minced meat. Aidan tasted one, and it reminded him of a similar dish his Aunt Sophia had made for family parties.

Ioannina, an inland city north of Athens and not far from the Turkish border, had been a populous Jewish community in Greece. Most of the Jews there were not Sephardim, though, but Romaniotes, a group he’d never heard of before.

Ioannina, an inland city north of Athens and not far from the Turkish border, had been a populous Jewish community in Greece. Most of the Jews there were not Sephardim, though, but Romaniotes, a group he’d never heard of before.

He pointed to the Star of David she wore around her neck. “Your parents have both said that things are difficult for Jews here. Did the man say anything about religion?”

He pointed to the Star of David she wore around her neck. “Your parents have both said that things are difficult for Jews here. Did the man say anything about religion?”

Despite the late hour, there was a lot of traffic, and the atmosphere in the taxi was anxious. After what seemed like a long time, but was probably only about ten minutes, they were at the hospital’s brightly-lit emergency entrance, with the word ACIL in white block letters against a red background.

Despite the late hour, there was a lot of traffic, and the atmosphere in the taxi was anxious. After what seemed like a long time, but was probably only about ten minutes, they were at the hospital’s brightly-lit emergency entrance, with the word ACIL in white block letters against a red background.

In the lobby they passed huge windows overlooking the Bosporus and the Golden Horn, and the cityscape glittered brilliantly. Aidan saw the glowing dome of the Hagia Sophia Mosque and its surrounding minarets, and experienced a pang of disappointment that it didn’t look like they were going to see much of Istanbul at all.

In the lobby they passed huge windows overlooking the Bosporus and the Golden Horn, and the cityscape glittered brilliantly. Aidan saw the glowing dome of the Hagia Sophia Mosque and its surrounding minarets, and experienced a pang of disappointment that it didn’t look like they were going to see much of Istanbul at all.

Yahya drove, with Liam in the front seat beside him, and Meryem and Aidan in the back. The affair was being held at one of the modern high-rise hotels near Taksim Square in downtown Istanbul, and Yahya left the car with a valet at the entrance. He took Meryem’s hand and they walked forward, with Aidan and Liam following.

Yahya drove, with Liam in the front seat beside him, and Meryem and Aidan in the back. The affair was being held at one of the modern high-rise hotels near Taksim Square in downtown Istanbul, and Yahya left the car with a valet at the entrance. He took Meryem’s hand and they walked forward, with Aidan and Liam following.

She nodded. “A town called Ioannina in Greece. My father Jacobo went there for trading and fell in love with my mother in 1940.”

She nodded. “A town called Ioannina in Greece. My father Jacobo went there for trading and fell in love with my mother in 1940.”

Aidan did get a view of the magnificent bridge from the highway, though the cabbie exited just before it and drove along the riverfront for a short while, then turned inland. The buildings close to the water were tightly fitted, in a mix of stone and wood painted vibrant colors. As they climbed the gentle slope, though, the houses became larger and more spaced, with trees surrounding them.

Aidan did get a view of the magnificent bridge from the highway, though the cabbie exited just before it and drove along the riverfront for a short while, then turned inland. The buildings close to the water were tightly fitted, in a mix of stone and wood painted vibrant colors. As they climbed the gentle slope, though, the houses became larger and more spaced, with trees surrounding them.

He brought out a bottle of raki, an anise-flavored brandy that Aidan knew was a specialty of the country. Meryem removed a set of glass cups covered in silver filigree from a cabinet, and Yahya poured for each of them, adding a few drops of water from a silver pitcher. The liquid turned a cloudy white. “We call this aslan sütü—lion's milk,” Yahya said. “Milk for the strong and courageous. As you both are.”

He brought out a bottle of raki, an anise-flavored brandy that Aidan knew was a specialty of the country. Meryem removed a set of glass cups covered in silver filigree from a cabinet, and Yahya poured for each of them, adding a few drops of water from a silver pitcher. The liquid turned a cloudy white. “We call this aslan sütü—lion's milk,” Yahya said. “Milk for the strong and courageous. As you both are.”

Aidan got out of the car and looked around. Up high, laundry lines stretched across the street from one building to another, hung with brightly-colored sheets, shirts, and pants. The buildings were all of ancient stone, faded and pockmarked, but the doors and window trims were painted in bright blue. A couple of children kicked a soccer ball around up the street.

Aidan got out of the car and looked around. Up high, laundry lines stretched across the street from one building to another, hung with brightly-colored sheets, shirts, and pants. The buildings were all of ancient stone, faded and pockmarked, but the doors and window trims were painted in bright blue. A couple of children kicked a soccer ball around up the street.


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