Yes, a double post on Saturday as part of the Weekend Writing Warriors blog chain. This seems to be a weekly thing so expect to see more double posts in the future. This snippet comes from my current work in progress Lessons of War.
When last we met Edward Duke of House deHavilland, he was in shock after the death of his parents. A month later the bodies were recovered from the crash site and interred in the catacombs beneath Caer deHavilland. Dignitaries from across the galaxy came to pay their respects to the new duke, but not all were welcomed with open arms:
There stood one Phillipe Rodolfo Augustus Baron of House Minor Lancaster, also known as “Lanky Lancaster” for his thin one point eight meter frame. He cut the veritable harlequin figure, long limbed, clad in a black doublet with hose to match and not one but two white ruffs around his ostrich neck. An ancestor of mine made the grave mistake of offering the leader of a pirate band a title in exchange for turning on his fellows. Ever since the Lancasters have presumed to tell to everyone within earshot that they should rule instead of House deHavilland.
What if I call the Captain of the Guard and tell them to clap the buffoon in irons, the way lords of old did to those who merely displeased them? Would that ridiculous double ruff turn a sickly pink after I cleaved the head from his shoulders?
It was an awful, childish, ridiculous, yet oddly comforting line of thought.
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