Thanks for the kind comments only a short update tonight and probably for next few nights but will repay at weekend with a proper one
Constantinople, 1104 AD
The child had a thin fuzz of blonde hair on it's shiny pink mildly repulsive scalp. Ioannis put his hand to his cheek and curled a strand of dark oily hair between his calloused fingers, looking at his wife with her curled midnight hair. Squalling the child thrashed in it's cot, whining disgustingly for Dimitra. Curling his lip in unveiled revulsion, he watched disinterestedly as his wife fed the child. Being of merchant birth she refused to let the child have a wetnurse. Lots of children are born with blonde hair though, Ioannis pondered, although he himself had left the womb with a dark shock of hair, as had both his brothers and his sister. The eighth bell of the day chimed and he left the room without uttering so much as a word to the new mother.
Over the past six months little had happened, as the aim of the council appeared to solely derive around moving money around and sweetening the Pope, the Crusaders and the Seljuks simultaneously. Ioannis comprehended the need for this and even the tactis that needed to be employed, but they roused little interest in him. Not when he could be in the north fending off Kypchaq raiders, in Anatolia dealing with raider bands or even back in Bari hunting Normans through the hills. Ioannis thirsted for blood and grew tired of the city, it's internecine plots, he grew tired of watching his back every day for informers, spies, tailers. Taticius had told him that Szekeres would know every time he used the privy and would know how it smelled too. The golden-nosed bastard probably knew himself as well. Ioannis hated it, he hated having to spend every day with bloody Dimitra and every morning with the Council. He missed Yaroslaw, he missed his warrior brethren. He missed the smell of blood.
As he entered the chamber, Mikhail Szekeres sat alone at the table, looked up and saw him... "Ah, my Lord, I have something to tell you..."