“Princess Athena?” she asked me furtively. Clearly she remembered our encounter from when I was a child…
“Lady Jane,” I said.
“Yes, what is it that you want? I’m very busy, I can’t spend all my time consorting with you.”
“You insult the queen regnant of Yavdolo.” Robert said defensively. “And you are nothing but a king’s whore.”
“A very powerful whore, Gaian boy!” Jane snapped. “Anyway, what is it? Out with it!”
“Glenn FitzBarbaro visited my court today. He said that he would destroy your country for me and I refused.” I said.
“Did he now?” Jane asked, rubbing her chin. “Interesting. That man recently came to our court and offered to destroy YOUR country for US.”
“What did Adolfo say?” I asked.
“Lady Athena, Adolfo has been losing his mind from the syphilis. He gets treatments daily, but they are not enough. I fear he will be dead soon. He—he did agree, but then he asked for Glenn to test the Red Death on the daughter he and I had together. Our daughter died a horrible death, and Adolfo laughed wildly while this happened. I do not trust my lover anymore, Athena. And I will tell you this—I rule the country in all but name. But Adolfo’s wife watches me jealously. I have to have testers for poison, to be certain the princess has not poisoned me. I’ve lost three. My fourth one nearly died today.” Jane said.
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