Friday, January 11, 2013
Scout's Honor - Chapter 99
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Prince Rupor knows our hero is in love with Princess Callan!
"What gives you that idea, Your Highness," I asked, working hard to maintain a neutral tone.
"The look in your eyes when you spoke of your duty," Prince Rupor said, "and the challenging stance you took when I arrived. You looked as if you were facing a rival, not your future king!
"Her Highness is a beautiful woman, Captain Rice, and I suppose certain fanciful notions are unavoidable in such situations." Rupor gazed at me for a moment. "Should I have you removed from duty, do you think?"
"I made my oath to Princess Callan," I said. "Only she can release me from it."
Rupor's face hardened, "You would defy me?"
"I would," I said. "In matters of Her Highness's safety, I would defy you without a second thought. I would defy Princess Callan, if I deemed it necessary."
"You're in a palace filled with guards," Rupor said. "Do you really believe you can protect her better than all of them?"
I looked directly into Rupor's eyes. Rupor took an involuntary step back as I said, "Yes, I do."
"Bold words, but words you obviously believe," Rupor said. "And your devotion to Callan is equally evident. I suppose you may retain your current post."
"It is a wise man who accepts what he knows he cannot change," I said.
Rupor burst out laughing, "You're a refreshing man, Rice. No one ever speaks to me with such candor, not even my father. And I would request more of that candor from you, Captain."
"I shall endeavor to please, Your Highness," I said.
"Good man!" Rupor said. "I am worried for Raoul. What can you tell me of his fate?"
If there's one topic our hero doesn't want to discuss -- particularly with someone as perceptive as Rupor -- is Raoul, Rupor's half brother! How will our hero respond? Find out in Chapter 100, coming Monday!