Sheikh Rahim has been living in my head for at least twenty years and my undergraduate degree was partially in archaeology - that's the inspiration.
It's one of the few stories I've plotted out properly. Usually I write by the seat of my pants but I've been dreaming about this guy so long that the detail is very much there - that's the plotting :)
In this scene the H&H have survived many dangerous, life threatening situations and they are now safe in the sheikh's desert palace. Eliza has been 'prepared' by the local tribes women before presentation to Rahim. This involves exotic oils, scents, henna inking, beautiful silks......see where I'm going with this :D
Every feminist instinct in Eliza wished to rebel. Every feminine instinct within her wished to relish the feeling of silk on her argon oiled skin. Her feet and hands had been delicately tattooed with beautiful, whimsical and intricate henna art. The women of the harem had arranged her hair in tumbling curls embellished with beads and ribbons. She lifted her kohl lined eyes to the tent's entrance as Rahim's shadow appeared, tall and broad outside. They had prepared her for him, she understood that now. It was inevitable, from the beginning, from that first encounter in the hot house, on a snowy English night, and she was ready now in the dense heat of the desert.
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