“On the last day of the month of Ramadan, in the sixth year of the reign of the Sheik Yahan, Father of the Faithful, a short time before the hour of the second prayer, Ogluf-Khan, chief of the royal guard, entered my chamber, and said :
‘Abdallah, may the order I bring thee be for thy good! Give me thy sabre, and follow me to the Sultan: it is he who sends me.’
I prostrated myself, and having made a brief prayer;
‘Ogluf-Khan,’ I replied, ‘put thy hand upon my head : the Sultan is master of my life; I am his slave.’
I surrendered him my sabre. He preceded me, and I followed.”
Jeff realized that Abdallah had made a horrible error.
The Sultan then said “Present thy neck for thou are going to make a long journey.”
Abdallah made his prayers to the prophet and replied “The journey is long and without return” and with that presented his neck to the Sultan.
It was then that Jeff realized that a return trip must always be planned for; “no one way tickets for me” said Jeff to himself.
The next eight years were a journey into Jeff’s future; BS, MS and Phd. topped off with a nice internship within Big Pharma.
TOMORROW: 4. The Magic Ring