Mirage (short story)

This article is about the short story. For other meanings, see Mirage (disambiguation).

Product information
Type Short story
Author Dayle A. Dermatis
Pages 9
Illustrations Chris Lewis
Publication information
Publisher BattleCorps
First published 16 January 2005
Era Civil War era
Timeline 1 May 3066

Mirage is a short story by Dayle A. Dermatis that was published online on BattleCorps on 16 January 2005. It was also published in print in the second BattleCorps print anthology, First Strike, in 2010.

Teaser text[edit]

A day in the life of an Astrokaszy dancing girl. Or is she? Dayle Dermatis, in her BattleCorps debut, takes a glance at the Arabian Nights lifestyle on Astrokaszy, and adds a few new curves as well.

Plot summary[edit]

In the city of Shervanis, in the Shervanis Caliphate on Astrokaszy, Shareeza is a dancer and the mistress of the Caliph's favorite nephew, Badr. He is going to be married to Najiyah, daughter of the Caliph of Rajirr, to cement a political marriage. Shareeza knows that as a lowly dancer, she is no marriage candidate. She and Badr, though lovers, are both professionals and are prepared to do their duty. As such, Shareeza, in fact a spy from the Magistracy of Canopus, regretfully follows her orders to assassinate Badr despite bearing his child, and plants false evidence to frame the Caliphate of Rajirr. There will now be war instead of an alliance.