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Isabella Fortuna
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PostSubject: Re: Harem's Courtyard   Sun Sep 15, 2013 4:55 am

"She must not be doing well enough of a job if the ladies are so unruly," she replied as she popped a date in her mouth.
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PostSubject: Re: Harem's Courtyard   Mon Sep 16, 2013 3:40 am

My eyes widened even more

My brother looks upon nigar as family you have to remember that these were girls taken from well who knows where and if they are wise enough they shall go far here. They have leasons in Turkish, change of religious views everything is changed for them they will never leave this palace ever you are lucky in two ways that you might get to go home and that my brother's wife has not killed you and dropped you into the sea
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PostSubject: Re: Harem's Courtyard   Wed Sep 18, 2013 9:07 pm

Isabella's features darkened at the threat of her own death. "If she were to do that...let's just say your brother would have a war on his hands!!"
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PostSubject: Re: Harem's Courtyard   Wed Oct 02, 2013 11:39 am

My brother is always at war and he likes to set an example but I have certain questions that run constantly through my mind since I have come across youi
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PostSubject: Re: Harem's Courtyard   Thu Oct 10, 2013 1:54 am

"Go ahead and ask, but I can only answer what I know, which is indeed very little." Isabella took a deep drink of wine, much sweeter than Spanish wine she was used to.
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PostSubject: Re: Harem's Courtyard   Thu Oct 10, 2013 3:55 pm

Do you believe in kismet! I asked her frankly as I saw her distaste in our wine even though as Muslims we don't drink it I stuck too my sherbet drink'
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PostSubject: Re: Harem's Courtyard   Fri Oct 11, 2013 10:55 pm

"Yes, where I'm from we call it 'destino'. What are you trying to say?" She reached for a fig, biting into its fruity, willing flesh.
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PostSubject: Re: Harem's Courtyard   Sun Oct 13, 2013 10:15 am

Maybe you are here to be my friend and to distract my brother for myself I smiled encouraging
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PostSubject: Re: Harem's Courtyard   Sun Oct 13, 2013 6:46 pm

"Yes, of course we shall be friends. But why should I need to distract your brother?" She had thought herself simply a pawn in a much larger game than she knew.
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PostSubject: Re: Harem's Courtyard   Wed Oct 23, 2013 7:59 am

I thought for a moment My affections of love have fallen for someone but I won't use you as a pawn! I sometimes wonder if my brother knows of true love. Of course I have an extremely close bond with him but the heart cannot help the love it has for someone or is it a matter of mind must we force our mind not to love
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PostSubject: Re: Harem's Courtyard   Fri Oct 25, 2013 1:55 am

"If what you feel, you cannot turn off, then that must be love. Although I would advise not being too risky in love. Only lose what you can afford to lose." She felt honored to give such advice.  She had no sisters who she could have to confide in her. "So, will you tell me the gentleman's name?"
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PostSubject: Re: Harem's Courtyard   Wed Oct 30, 2013 2:39 am

I needed someone who was not my family to understand my feelings

Yes he is my brother's right hand man,best friend and confidant Ibrahim Pascal! It seems weird to my brother I think because he is like a brother to us but I have fallen in love with him and I know that my love for him is true when my brother first became king he had ladies dance for him and when he came to see us in our mother's chamber he said "Ibrahim you shall join me in the dance hall it is about time you found love" I admit that everything went silent to me when my brother said that
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PostSubject: Re: Harem's Courtyard   Sun Nov 17, 2013 6:04 pm

"So does your brother know of your love for this Ibrahim? I do not think it would be an impossible task to marry you two lovebirds. Your brother can do whatever he wishes." Isabella tried to instill some hope in Hatice.
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PostSubject: Re: Harem's Courtyard   Sun Dec 08, 2013 3:10 pm

I cleared my throat I felt bad that I had to sneak around and keep such things a secret from my brother.

I feel as though I have betrayed my brothers trust for all time now. We are both extremely close my brother is now king and we must live in his court the way he wants it.
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PostSubject: Re: Harem's Courtyard   Wed Dec 11, 2013 9:13 pm

"But you cannot be beholden to him forever. Of course you are brother and sister, but you are also your own person with your own loves, your own interests, your own needs. Surely he must see that."
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PostSubject: Re: Harem's Courtyard   Fri Dec 13, 2013 11:54 am

I know he wants my happiness but this is a man worlds I thought he would be happy I am marrying someone whom he can control does that make sense
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PostSubject: Re: Harem's Courtyard   Tue Dec 17, 2013 3:48 am

She patted her hand. "Of course it makes sense. Perhaps, if you tell him everything that you've told me, he will understand. Surely he cannot refuse you in this."
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PostSubject: Re: Harem's Courtyard   Tue Dec 17, 2013 1:42 pm

I smiled for her kind words

you have spent much time with my Ibrahim! Have you ever had an arranged marriage made for you
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PostSubject: Re: Harem's Courtyard   Wed Dec 18, 2013 9:43 pm

Her smile disappeared as she thought of her home, her past. "I know my brother the emperor was in the middle of making arrangements for me to marry into the Portuguese line of succession. And then I was...I was brought here," she said lamely.
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PostSubject: Re: Harem's Courtyard   Wed Dec 18, 2013 10:27 pm

Oh I see well who knows maybe those plans will still stand if your brother can bargain your release

How odd their was only one princess in Portugal I wondered if she was to marry Isabella of Portugal brother

Have you ever been to portugal
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PostSubject: Re: Harem's Courtyard   Fri Dec 27, 2013 6:53 am

"I feel I've given up all hope of returning. And even if I do, my brother will see me as a fallen woman. I cannot hide from him what I have been doing since I was brought here. And even if I wanted to keep it secret, it would be made known to him somehow." She sighed dreamily as she thought of the past. "I was there a few times when I was growing up, my father wanted to be on good terms with Portugal and so we would spend summers there. The weather was not as hot as in Spain."
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PostSubject: Re: Harem's Courtyard   Fri May 09, 2014 10:10 pm

This is it. I came In. This so famous Harem , known for being the garden of feminity .. The atmosphere is so strained and in the same time, very suave. The piece is filled with a smell , like a warmth. I can see women sited, talking so slowly. It's like if they are living quietly... Through the warmth I can perceive theirs dresses which barely cover theirs golden bodies... Purple, Pink, Yellow, all theses colors create a  rainbow of colors which elate each of his visitors and make the reputation of the Harem.
Deep in thought, I almost forget that I'm not there for appreciate the beauty of the country. I have a mission. I must approach the Sultan... For this, I can't stay alone, I have to make acquaintance with others ladies, maybe some of his old mistresses who could teach me some tricks... But I dare not accost someone... These women glaze at me with suspicious eyes... I have to be careful... I will sit there and wait that someone dares accost me..

I sit and serve me a cup of warm mint tea.
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PostSubject: Re: Harem's Courtyard   Sat Jun 07, 2014 6:31 pm

Nora was now reaching the end of her pregnancy she had spent most of it inside closely guarded. But today she was allowed out for awhile to soak up the Turkish sun. Loosely she wore her pale lilac gown letting the breeze make it float. Day by day Nora was loosing even more and more respect for Sultan Suleyman not once had he been to she her she could not wait to be rid of this child and somehow earn her freedom from here. Noticing a strange lady sitting on her own Nora approached her she had a dark spirit about her you could just sense it like it was a black cloud over her head.
Mind if I join you Victoria. It has been awhile since I have seen you around here.
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