Chapter five - part two (1)
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I was hungry by the time I got back to the royal suite.  Layred Vu came and ate with me.  I knew that he had business to discuss, but he did not jump into it right away.  Rather, he seemed more concerned with how I was handling everything.

“It is a lot to take in,” he said.  “I know.  And even more to expect it from someone of your years, especially when the crown came so...unexpectedly.  Traditionally, it has been the practice to appoint a regent for kings who come to power before their sixteenth birthday.  Oftentimes, the mother or an uncle will assume the role.”

“But I have no one like that left,” I said.

“Indeed.  Grimwulf Morbrick is your closest known relative now and he is no more than a second cousin.”


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