Stop George from continuing his pursuit of Poly

Stop George from continuing his pursuit of Poly

The pressure to do something—anything—to stop George from continuing his pursuit of Poly reached a fever pitch one day when Thanasis was approached by Mary, the wife of a poor shepherd, while at his fields in Maraveli. “Linatsas,” she said, using George’s nickname,...
The glassware was in pieces

The glassware was in pieces

Panayota could see the future already. She and George would entertain often, sharing their home and their bounty with the same people who had once threatened to chop her into pieces and toss her into the river. She would savor the delicious irony of her newfound...
My Cousin is Tarnished

My Cousin is Tarnished

Thanasis was just leaving a cousin’s home next door to the Nitsoses when Maria Nitsos, George’s mother, called to him. “Are you just going to stand there in the street, Thanasis?” she asked in a friendly voice. “Or would you like to come in and have a thimble of ouzo...
Crooning a Love Song

Crooning a Love Song

Panayota, still leaning against the stone wall in the darkness, flinched involuntarily. The memory of her first virginity test still sent her flesh crawling. She had been so terrified during the test that the doctor had admonished her for her lack of proper...
Aggelo stepped out into the darkness

Aggelo stepped out into the darkness

“Oh, my girl, my girl,” Paraskevi lamented. “I’ll go and look for her myself,” Aggelo said. “All of you just try to keep quiet. And don’t start another round of weeping and swearing. You’ll have the whole village talking about this for months.” “Do you need a...
Forced to Reveal a Terrible Secret

Forced to Reveal a Terrible Secret

From the moment she blossomed into a beautiful young woman, trouble seemed to follow Panayota wherever she went. And that trouble, I’m sure Thanasis would have insisted, had a name: George Nitsos. Charming, gregarious, slippery—George Nitsos had no regard for the...