Chapter Eleven: §5

January 30 – 1027 YD
Delus Palace, Miggest

A subtle knock came to Vilsonius’ chamber door. Setting aside the worn scrolls at his desk, he walked heavily to the door.
__‘Your Majesty.’
__‘Have I not woken you?’ Lady Galluel saw his desk-lamp was lit. ‘It is very late.’
__‘Yes,’ he agreed.
__Silence.

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Chapter Eleven: §4

January 26 – 1027 YD
Gesula, Lenyol

Mellena woke to the terrible sound of Mitchas’ heart breaking.
__‘Dada?’ she spoke feebly, her fingernails denting the soft pine of Kengar’s front door.
__Mitchas sobbed at her voice, pressing his palms to his eyes.
__Mellena sank to his side. ‘No, no.’ She held her father fast by the shoulder. ‘It can’t be. It’s alright?’

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