"At the heart of the Ottoman Empire, in the main square of Constantinople, a niche is carved into ancient stone. Here, the sultan displays the severed heads of his adversaries. People flock to see the latest head and gossip about the state of the empire: the province of Albania is demanding independence again, and the niche awaits a new trophy... Tundj Hata, the imperial courier, is charged with transporting heads to the capital--a task he relishes...
2) Sworn virgin
And Other Stories
Several years after choosing to identify as male to become a sworn virgin according to Albanian tradition, Mark accepts an invitation to join his cousin in Washington, D.C., allowing him to escape his vow and revert back to life as Hana.