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The King’s Estate….
A few days later, Strog is making his morning rounds, ensuring everything is pristine for the First Family’s morning meal. As he rounds the corner into the Foyer, a young female rushes over to him.
N’tu: How could you allow this to happen?
Strog glances at the woman as he continues to stroll along.
Strog: I have many responsibilities; I’m afraid you will have to be more precise.
N’tu: The Crown Princess is marrying someone who is unworthy of being attached to the First Family. She is an outsider. I will ask again, how could you allow this?
Strog: The Crown Princess is more than capable of finding a suitable mate, and it is not our business nor our right to question whom she has chosen as her intendant.
N’tu picks up her speed and steps in front of Strog, forcing him to stop walking.
N’tu: I believe I of all have a right to question such an unsuitable choice…. for several years, it was thought that the Crown Princess and my sister would one day wed.
Strog’s demeanor softens a bit as he takes a deep breath.
Strog: Your eldest sister and the soon-to-be heir to the throne dated long ago N’tu, when they were of schooling age.
Strog then pauses.
Strog: We were all very brokenhearted when it was revealed that Zora was not of the surviving.
N’tu wipes her tears.
N’tu: My family still grieves. It is hard, but we are trying…. however, the revelation of the Crown Princes’ intended doesn’t make it easy…
Strog places a comforting hand on N’tu’s shoulder.
Strog: I understand your frustration, but as I stated, it is not our right to question the First Family. Now do have a wonderful day, yes?
Strog walks away, and N’tu once again wipes her tears.
N’tu: This outsider will never be accepted as the intended; I will make sure if it Strog.
Strog stops walking but doesn’t turn back. He then takes a deep breath before he once again continues down the corridor….
The Crown Princess’s Estate….
The newly engaged couple is in bed snuggled comfortably under a plush blanket. Tina laughs and tries to muster up enough strength to pry herself from Bette’s warm embrace.