TITLE: Defender of the Kingdom
GENRE: MG adventure
She was the ugliest female I had ever seen, until her daughters followed her out of the coach. A trumpet blared and the footman introduced them. My new mother, Fabrice, and her thoroughly unpleasant daughters, Saffron and Paloma.
My Godfather, Alexandre, whispered in my ear, “Nine tonight. Do not be late.” then vanished as the women started towards us. I glanced at my father. He had not heard Alexandre. Just as well. It was his wedding day. He did not need any further problems.
Father shuddered. He suddenly looked a lot older than he had only weeks before and his gray eyes had lost their sparkle. I stopped feeling sorry for myself and sent a wave of compassion toward Father. Our new “king” Nathaniel had ordered Father to marry this woman. She was a cousin of his. Of the king, that is. Somehow, this usurper had decided that the best way to consolidate power in the kingdom he had overrun was to marry everyone with any power to members of his family. Father, as a Duke and the owner of the largest estate in our Province, had been a very powerful man. That was probably why he had been saddled with not one, but three relatives.
Where was the Prince? Where were his knights? Those were the questions Father and I, and our allies, had been asking for weeks. Prince Carwyn and most of the kingdom’s knights had been patrolling the border when King Rupert, died. Too bad it was the wrong border.