Chapter seven - part two (2)
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I went in, along with Layred Vu and one guardsman.  I left the rest outside.  It was a good thing; the inside of the cottage was small and barely accommodated the four of us plus the three children.  Mrs. Tern told the oldest to take his brothers out back.

“But I want to meet the king too,” he protested.

“Hush and do as I say,” his mother told him.

Sullen, he collected his brothers and took them outside.

“Your Highness, please have a seat.  May I get you something to drink?” she asked.

“Water, perhaps?”

She fetched three wooden cups filled with the clean water from the stream.  The day was very hot already and I accepted the water gratefully.

“Thank you, madam,” I said.  “Mrs. Tern...

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