“Your administration was notable for crisis, and cool-headed management of same. Quite a performance for a mere chit of a girl.”
“I was apprenticed for the role,” she said without heat. “And I had history as a guide. Let the looters and the profiteers run rampant in greater Egypt, and there’s riot. Watch it play out a few dozens of times, and the lesson’s taken without having to suffer it oneself.” She looked at him from under the lowering brow of the great wig with its burden of crown. “If one has the Great Library at one’s disposal and still manages to be a fool, then one doesn’t deserve to rule.”
The first speaker is Julius Caesar. This is a lightly edited excerpt from Cleopatra’s Ironclads, my 2012 National Novel Writing Month project.
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